Before you apply

For families of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, finding support can be a challenge. Each year, thousands of these children and their families turn to Variety for support when they need it most.

Variety aims to assist families, hospitals and organisations with general healthcare supplies and equipment not available from existing government sources (e.g. NDIS, EnableNSW) and other support services. The granting of funding for equipment, therapy (Rare Diseases – Smile Program only) and medical needs is assessed case by case. For more information on our application procedures, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please ensure you check with your planner (if you have one) before submitting an application to see if your needs can be met via existing government sources (e.g. NDIS, EnableNSW) or other support services.

Freedom Kids

Variety helps children gain independence and the freedom to be themselves.

A wheelchair, walking aid or a vehicle modification can make an incredible difference for these children and their families.

Future Kids

Having the chance to make the most of an education is the bridge to a brighter future.

Variety helps support children’s education through technology, learning aids, programs and scholarships.

Caring For Kids

Learning that your child needs access to a rare and often expensive piece of medical equipment or service can be a daunting experience.

Variety aims to assist families, hospitals and organisations with general healthcare supplies and equipment not available from existing government sources (e.g. NDIS, EnableNSW) and other support services.

Rare diseases (Smile Program)

The Variety Smile Program offers financial and practical help to children affected by a rare disease or condition. It also facilitates access to information, resources and services for the families and carers of children affected by a rare disease or condition.

Our medical support grants help families purchase minor items and services relating to their child’s healthcare. Grants of $1,000 are available for expenses relating to medical appointments, healthcare items, therapy, respite care, parking and fuel. You can apply for one grant in any 12 month period.

Wigs

Variety provides wigs for children that have lost their hair due to a medical condition, for example, alopecia. Variety aims to instil a sense of confidence, independence and self-esteem for children who have lost their hair through the provision of specialised wigs.

Schools and organisations

Variety helps schools and organisations with things like all-ability playgrounds, Liberty swings (modified for special needs), and sunshine coaches for transporting children, which can be wheelchair modified.

Freedom, Future or Care (NSW & ACT)
·        Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status
·        Applicants must be NSW or ACT residents
·        Applications can only be accepted for children up to and including the age of 18, as at the date of submission

Any missing information or documentation may deem the application ineligible

Wigs (NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, NT)
·        Smile applications can only be accepted for children diagnosed with a Rare Disease or Condition
·        Wig applications can only be accepted for children diagnosed with a medical condition that has caused hair loss, both permanent and non-permanent (e.g. Alopecia or Cancer)
·        Applications for the Smile and Wigs programs can only be accepted for children up to and including the age of 18, as at the date of submission
·        Applicants for the Smile and Wigs programs must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status
·        Applicants for the Smile and Wigs programs must be NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, or NT residents

Any missing information or documentation may deem the application ineligible.

Freedom, Future or Care (NSW & ACT)
·        Two supporting letters from professional sources must be included in your application
·        The supporting letters must be less than six months old and include information relating to:
1.      Diagnosis letter from a GP or Pediatrician outlining the child’s diagnosis (or lack of diagnosis)
2.      Support Letter from an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Social Worker or other health professional relevant to the child’s prognosis, referring to the child’s symptoms and effects of their diagnosis on the quality of life of the child and their family. The letter must also reference the following where appropriate
I.          how the recommended equipment is beneficial to the child
II.          evidence of a trial of the equipment
III.          an indication of the urgency of the grant

Smile (NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, NT)
·        One supporting letter from professional source (e.g. GP, Pediatrician or Social Worker etc.) must be included in your application
·        The supporting letter must be less than six months old and include information relating to:
1.      The child’s rare diagnosis/condition
2.      The effects of their diagnosis on the quality of life of the child and their family
3.      How the recommended equipment and/or items are beneficial to the child

Wigs (NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS, NT)
·        Two supporting letters from professional sources must be included in your application
·        The supporting letters must be less than six months old and include information relating to:
1.      Diagnosis letter from a GP or Pediatrician outlining the child’s diagnosis
2.      Support Letter from an Social Worker or other health professional relevant to the child’s prognosis, referring to the child’s symptoms and effects of their diagnosis on the quality of life of the child and their family

Ready to start?

For any queries please contact grants@varietynsw.org.au


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