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The ILC will provide grants to organisations to build capacity in people with disability, mainstream services and the wider community. The ILC will be rolled out on a jurisdictional basis. The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to have ILC projects on the ground with the ACT grant round opening in late January 2017 and funding being allocated in July 2017.

ILC Jurisdictional Grant funding for NSW is expected to flow in July 2018. Timelines for NSW funding rounds are not yet released, although NCOSS understands that organisations that are successful in attaining a grant are likely to be notified in February and March 2018. This could mean that the grant round may open sometime at the end of 2017. Of course this timing may change and will be important to keep abreast of information as it is released. You can sign up for ILC updates on the NDIS website.

The NDIA has also announced a round of National Readiness Grants for the ILC. The Readiness Grants aim to lay the foundations of a national approach to the ILC, and build sector capacity in anticipation of this national approach.

Opening at the end of January 2017, the open grant round will focus on two of the five ILC Activity Areas; capacity building for mainstream services and community awareness and capacity building. Within these two areas, the grants will support projects which avoid duplication of effort, present opportunities for scaling nationally and/or inform the development of modes of practice.

An application pack with the eligibility and selection criteria, program guidelines and standard terms and conditions for grants will be released in the last week of January 2017.

If your organisation is considering the ILC as a funding source for future projects, it will be useful to understand whether the National Readiness Grants provide opportunities for you.

You can access more information about the ILC on the NDIS website