Did you know?

4.3 MILLION

Australia is home to approximately 4.3 million children aged 14 or younger

7%

An estimated 7% of these children had disability in 2009

A QUARTER OF A MILLION

More than a quarter of a million children had an intellectual sensory or speech disability

REMOTE AREAS

Children in remote areas are much more likely to be hospitalised than in urban or regional areas

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. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, Variety is here for you.

All kids deserve the same opportunities in life. No matter what life throws at them. Variety helps children and their families overcome the obstacles they are facing and live life to the fullest.

Variety helps children gain independence and the freedom to be themselves, no matter what their ability. We provide financial support for things like wheelchairs, walking frames, hoists and vehicle modifications. Even in-home therapy equipment like trampolines and pools.

Variety helps children with special needs communicate better with specialised communications devices like iPads, laptops, Braille notetakers and specialised software.

Variety helps families care for children with a medical condition in their own home by providing vital medical items and equipment. You can apply for things like feeds, nappies, wigs for hair loss, orthotics, seizure alarms and sensory equipment.

Variety offers specialist help to children affected by a rare disease or condition. If you are finding it difficult to access support for your child’s condition, you can apply for a medical support grant of up to $1000 and ongoing case management.

How it works

Our program is designed to be flexible to allow you to apply for the items that best meet your individual needs. Every child is different, so every application is considered on a case by case basis.

However, there are some restrictions. For example, we don’t fund salaries, private vehicles, research or retrospective grants.

Variety aims to ‘fill the gaps’ and prioritise requests for which there are no alternate sources of support. If the Variety Grants Committee believes that funding is already available through another agency you may be referred elsewhere, unless you can explain why you cannot access their support. Sometimes, we ‘top up’ funding where another agency cannot fund the entire cost of equipment or a project. An example would be part contribution towards a mobility aid or car modifications.

Variety does not give cash. Instead, we purchase equipment or services directly on behalf of the recipient. Funding of individual requests range up to a maximum of $10,000 based on funding availability.

Start your application and understand the process

Confirm the application eligibiliity requirements

Successful applicants are approved and funds released

Our programs

Future Kids

Future Kids

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

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Freedom Kids

Freedom Kids

The Variety Freedom Program provides funding for mobility equipment like wheelchairs, prosthesis, walking frames and customised tricycles so children can get out and about.

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Caring For Kids

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.

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Rare diseases

Rare diseases

Variety 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.

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Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids

Variety – the Children’s Charity provides wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to Alopecia or another medical condition such as cancer.

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Liberty Swings

Liberty Swings

Liberty Swings allow children in wheelchairs or afflicted by a physical impairment the chance to enjoy the joy of swinging.

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Sunshine Coaches

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.

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Variety Heart Scholarships

Variety Heart Scholarships

Variety’s Scholarship Program provides scholarships for children with an existing talent, who are disadvantaged or living with a disability, to achieve their full potential and to follow their dreams.

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