Before you apply

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.

Please ensure you check with your planner (if you have one) before submitting an application to see if your needs can be met via existing government sources (e.g. NDIS, SWEP – State Wide Equipment Program) or other support services.

Freedom Kids

Variety helps children gain independence and the freedom to be themselves.

A wheelchair or walking aid can make an incredible difference for these children and their families.

Future Kids

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

Variety helps support children’s education through technology, learning aids, programs and scholarships.

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.

Variety aims to assist families, hospitals and organisations with general healthcare supplies and equipment not available from existing government sources (e.g. NDIS, SWEP – State Wide Equipment Program) and other support services.

Schools and organisations

Variety helps schools and organisations with things like literacy boxes, bicycles (for bicycles programs), a piece of all-ability playground equipment, wheelchair swings for special needs schools and Sunshine Coaches.

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or have Permanent Resident status
  • Applications can only be accepted for children up to and including the age of 17.5, as at the date of submission
  • Applications may be made on behalf of children who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or have special needs
  • Any missing information or documentation will deem the application ineligible

Applying for a grant requires documents that support and complete your application. Often these documents are required to be no more than 3 months old.

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

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. Our 2017 funding rounds for the Variety Freedom, Future and Caring for Kids programs are:

  • 9 Jan – 16 Feb
  • 1 May – 7 Jun
  • 28 Aug – 4 Oct (31 Oct for VICKIDS scholarships)
  • 1 October – 1 December – Variety SHINE Intensive Program

The Variety Smile Program and the Wigs for Kids Program are open year round.

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. Once the funding round closes, the grants committee review all applications. They will then make a recommendation to the board. This process takes approximately 6 – 8 weeks. We will advise you of the outcome in writing.


Applications are lodged online for the following:

Ready to start?

 If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact Pauline on or 03 8698 3900


Freedom, Future or Caring for Kids Program

Variety Shine Intensive Program

Now open

Individual grants for tangible equipment like mobility devices or education aids. 

Variety Scholarship Program
Now open.

Variety Scholarships are designed to support children with an who are living with a disability, chronic illness, financial hardship or geographic isolation.

Smile Program (National)

Wigs for Kids Program (National)

Schools and organisations

Freedom, Future or Caring for Kids Program
Now Open.

Sunshine Coaches 

Waiting list.