We Move Grant

Variety’s We Move Grant is open for applications all year round. The new Variety We Move Grant is designed to fill the gaps in funding for kids living with special needs to purchase life-changing mobility equipment.

Variety wants to get kids moving! The We Move Grant is one way we are making that happen.

After an extensive review process of our existing grants and speaking to Variety teams across Australia and the world, we have created a grant to support families in purchasing life-changing equipment to increase physical development, independence, and social inclusion. The primary aim of the We Move Grant is to provide specialist disability equipment that is not easily available through statutory services.

The details of the grant are different to the mobility grant we have had previously so please have a look at the guidelines to see if you are able to apply. We also recommend you speak with your support person (e.g. medical professional, case worker, teacher, OT) to ensure they are able to assist you with some key sections of the application. 

Once you start an application, you can save and come back to it at any time.  

Guidelines

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Frequently Asked Questions

You are eligible to apply for a personal grant provided that the beneficiary of the grant:

• is a resident in NSW or ACT

• is aged 18 or under

• lives with a disability or long-term health condition as recognised by a designated health professional.

• the family household income is below $200,000 per annum (this includes child support payments, rental income, investment income or any other income that is received by any parent/carer who is financially responsible for the beneficiary

• the beneficiary has not previously received grants from Variety NSW/ACT that total more than $50,000.

Our current grant priorities are, but not limited to:

• adaptive toys

• robotic feeders

• special needs strollers and pushchairs (strictly for children aged five years and under)

• wheelchairs – powered/electric/manual/sports (must be assessed, prescribed, and trialed by a licensed OT)

• Carrot Car Seats

• paediatric wheelchairs e.g. Permobil Koala and Wizzy Bugs

• bikes – including modified bikes, trikes and scooters

• Race Runners

Applications are open from 1st July 2021 and are available all year.

Applications are made on behalf of the child by a parent/carer or another identified support person (medical professional, caseworker, teacher etc.) aged 18 years and over.

To be eligible for a We Move Grant the family household income needs to below $200,000 per annum. This income includes child support payments, rental income, investment income or any other income that is received by any parent/carer who is financially responsible for the beneficiary.
We strongly recommend speaking to your support professionals, caseworkers etc. to assist you during the process. If you require any further support or clarification, please contact the Kids Support Team on [email protected]
The role of the support person is to advocate on behalf of the child and explain how the child will benefit from the equipment. The support person (such as an occupational therapist, speech therapist, physiotherapist or pediatrician) should be able to address the following criteria:

i. the need for the request

ii. how the request will support the overall care plan and benefit the child

iii. evidence of a trial of the equipment (if applicable).

If your grant application is approved, you will receive an outcome letter with full instructions for invoice payments. All payments are received online via your Variety account.

Invoicing

Provide your chosen supplier with a copy of your outcome letter and ask them to issue an itemised tax invoice addressed to Variety – the Children’s Charity. They should also include your child’s name or the grant reference number on the invoice.

Upload the invoice into your Variety account.

Once the invoice is received into your Variety account it will be processed by Kids Support and paid directly to the supplier. Payment takes up to 3 weeks.

Reimbursement

The family purchases the approved item(s) as listed on the outcome letter. Please ask for itemised tax receipts issued by the supplier. The reimbursement process is the same as the invoicing process.


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