Before you apply

Individuals

Assistance is available for South Australian children aged up to 18 years of age, who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. To apply for assistance, you must be able to demonstrate a genuine need (including financial evidence) and information on how the assistance requested will meet this need. In most instances, you’ll also require supporting letters from relevant professionals (e.g. Specialists, Therapists,Teachers) and quotes for the items requested.

Organisations

Assistance is available for organisations supporting South Australian children aged up to 18 years of age, who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. To apply for assistance, you must be able to demonstrate a genuine need (including financial evidence) and information on how the assistance requested will meet this need.

A strong application will demonstrate the following:

  • Unmet need i.e. it cannot be met through the organisation’s own funding, through government or other organisation funding;
  • Direct benefit to the children in the care of the organisation

Click here for Variety SA Grants Guidelines

Supporting documents may differ between grant programs, but generally include:

  • Two quotes for each item requested. The quotes must be less than three months old and include freight charges, if applicable.
  • Where appropriate, a budget for a project or program can be provided, supported by quotes wherever possible (organisation application).
  • Current financial information (financial statements for an organisation / Centrelink statements and/or payslips for an individual). All information provided is confidential.
  • Two supporting letters from professional sources, which could be an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Social Worker or other professional relevant to the application (individual applications)

Please refer to the guidelines for the grant program you are applying to for specific instructions.

Variety Grant Funding

Applications are lodged online for the following:

  1. Fill out the form. Please ensure you complete all fields and provide as much detail as possible.
  2. Make sure you have the relevant supporting documents as listed in the tab above.
  3. Submit your application online
  4. Your application then goes to our volunteer Grants Committee, which meets monthly.  It will be allocated to a committee member for investigation – this person will be in contact with you to discuss your situation and your needs.  They will then make a recommendation to the Grants Committee. This process normally takes a minimum of two to three months.
  5. We will advise you of the outcome in writing.

    IS YOUR APPLICATION FOR A VEHICLE?  
    Variety – the Children’s Charity is experiencing unprecedented demand in its grants program for vehicles. Over the last three years Variety has allocated more than $2 million to assisting children and their families with wheelchair accessible vehicles.  That demand continues to grow and unfortunately that means there is a significant delay in our ability to process new applications.  While we address the significant number of vehicle applications that are already awaiting consideration, new applications for vehicles are not expected to be processed until after 30 September, 2018.  We appreciate your understanding as we deal with the growing demand and continue to do our best to help as many families in need as possible.

Need help?

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact Jacqui –  grants@varietysa.org.au or (08) 8293 8744