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 all-ability playgrounds, Liberty swings (modified for special needs), and sunshine coaches for transporting children, which can be wheelchair modified.

  • 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)

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

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
Currently closed.
The next round opens on 28 August 2017

VICKIDS Scholarship Program
Currently closed.
The next round opens on 28 August 2017

Smile Program (National)

Wigs for Kids Program (National)

Schools and organisations

Freedom, Future or Caring for Kids Program
Currently closed.
The next round will open on 28 August 2017

Sunshine Coaches

Liberty Swings