Variety Sunshine Coaches

Variety NSW/ACT provides assistance towards the purchase of a community coach that caters for children living with a disability, chronic illness, financial hardship or geographic isolation. Sunshine Coaches provide transport for children to access their community and/or to experience a range of special programs and activities they would otherwise be unable to attend. Coaches can be fitted with wheelchair modifications, ensuring that all children can attend excursions and extra-curricular activities together.

The Sunshine Coach grants for 2024 will be by invitation only. Schools will be identified based on priorities set by Variety’s Grants Committee and actively encouraged to apply. You can also email the team directly with any questions you may have to [email protected].

Applications for a Variety Sunshine Coach are currently closed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Applicants must:

  • be based and operating in NSW or ACT
  • be a school or a not-for-profit organisation
  • support kids aged 0 – 18
  • directly support kids or young people living with a disability, chronic illness, financial hardship or geographic isolation.

Applications in 2024 will be by invitation only.

As the main contact, you will be asked to provide general information about your organisation and details about how the coach will benefit your organisation. You will be required to address the following points:

  • Name and contact details of applicant and representative
  • Selection of coach including any specifications/modifications
  • Description of applicant and service objectives
  • Desired outcomes
  • Funding and financial information.

No, applications will only be accepted for new coaches. Coach types and possible modifications will be listed in the application and in the Sunshine Coach guidelines.

Once submitted, your application will be pre-assessed by the Kids Support Team to make sure it meets criteria and if it is eligible, you may be contacted to discuss your application. If your application is shortlisted, it will then go to the Grants Committee for a final decision.

The cost will vary depending on which type of coach is required and which modifications are selected during the application process. This amount will be confirmed after the application has been submitted and pre-assessed.

You will be required to answer questions in the application regarding funding, and if your organisation can contribute to the cost of a Sunshine Coach. Contributing to the coach is an option, but not compulsory. If you would like to contribute to the coach, these funds may be from fundraising or other funds you have available. The Kids Support Team at Variety may be in touch to confirm these details before the applications is progressed to the next stage.

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