How we help kids

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to empowering kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have a disability. Our work allows children to gain mobility, freedom, get out and about in the community, communicate, achieve independence and increase self-esteem.

Grants

Variety provides grants to individuals and organisations in need. Grants are available for medical and mobility supplies and equipment, technology, educational resources and essential personal items such as nappies and feeding appliances. We also provide items such as trampolines and swing sets to help with home therapy as well as wigs for kids with permanent hair loss. We help schools and organisations with learning and play equipment as well as Variety Sunshine Coaches to assist with transport.

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Apply for a Wig Grant

FUNDamentals for SCHOOL KIDS

Variety Sunshine Coach Guidelines and FAQs

Individual Grants

We grant a range of items including educational resources, medical equipment and supplies, mobility equipment, nappies and feeds, technology and therapy items e.g. trampolines and swing sets.

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Individual Grant

Organisation Grants

We grant the following to organisations that support kids in need, including schools, not-for-profits and community groups.

Schools and Organisations

Variety helps schools and organisations with educational resources, technology equipment, medical supplies and equipment, mobility equipment and all-ability playgrounds.

Sunshine Coaches

Variety Sunshine Coaches provide transport to organisations that cater for children with physical disability, regional or social disadvantage, to enable them to access the community and to experience a range of special programs and activities. Variety Sunshine Coaches can be fitted with wheelchair modifications, ensuring that all children can attend excursions and extra-curricular activities together.

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Organisational grant

Variety Heart Scholarships

Variety gives kids scholarships to encourage their achievements and to provide support to help them reach their full potential and follow their dreams. The Variety Heart Scholarships support kids with an existing talent across the arts, education and sport.

Scholarship applications for 2021-2022 are NOW OPEN.

Apply for a Variety Heart Scholarship

The Variety Heart Scholarships Program supports children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams. Applications are accepted for children between the ages of 8 and 17 years who are Queensland residents. Scholarships are awarded to support children in the areas of the arts, education and sport. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and must be spent within 12 months. Scholarships are limited to $5,000 per year, per child. Depending on the level of progress, scholarships may be renewed with a new application and supporting documentation submitted each year.


Some examples of scholarship applications are:

Arts: Music, singing, art or dance lessons/tuition, art materials and supplies, exhibition or competition entry fees, costumes, instruments or equipment

Sports: Equipment, uniforms or shoes, entry, membership, registration, coaching or training fees

Education: Courses, lessons or tuition, educational and technology supplies and resources

Programs

Variety runs inclusive programs for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability that encourage inclusion and participation and help to provide opportunities to build their self-confidence and make new friends. Our programs include the Variety Kids Choir, Activate Inclusion Sports Days, Kids Sports Camps, Youth Ambassadors, Just Like You and Bikes for Kids.

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Experiences

Variety brings joy and laughter to many kids and their families through Variety Kids Experiences including Variety Special Children’s Christmas Party and Sea of Smiles.

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Financial Counselling for Families

Variety’s Financial Counselling Service helps families of kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with a disability work through their financial situation.

A free program, it is run by our very own financial counsellors Tony Rigby and Rod White.

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Impact Partners

Variety partners with organisations to achieve our shared goal of improving the lives of children living with a disability or in disadvantaged circumstances.

Kids Support Links