Did you know?
Australia is home to approximately 4.3 million children aged 14 or younger
An estimated 7% of these children had a disability in 2009
A quarter of a million
More than a quarter of a million children had an intellectual, sensory or speech disability
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.
How Variety helps
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, portable hoists and even in-home therapy equipment.
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 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.
Schools and organisations
Variety helps schools and organisations with things like all-ability playgrounds, Liberty swings (modified for special needs), and Sunshine Coaches for transporting children, which can be wheelchair modified.
How it works
Variety Victoria has three funding rounds per year. Individuals or Organisations can apply for one piece of equipment/program per funding round. There must be an 18 month gap between successful applications.
Not sure if you meet the guidelines?
Our 2017 funding rounds are:
9 Jan – 16 Feb
1 May – 7 Jun
28 Aug – 4 Oct (31st for VICKIDS scholarships)
Start your application and understand the process
Confirm the application eligibiliity requirements
Successful applicants are approved and funds released
Contact programs manager
We’re here to help! Call the Variety office today!