Disability self help grants program

The Victorian Government recognises the important role that disability self-help groups play in supporting people with disability to live satisfying everyday lives.

The Disability self-help grants program provides grants to Victorian disability self-help groups in need of financial assistance to meet some of their costs. Assisting with these costs helps self-help groups to provide social, emotional and practical support to their members.

Disability self-help grants program 2023-2025

There are 72 Victorian disability self-help groups receiving funding through the Disability self-help grant program 2023-2025 funding round.

Through the grants, each disability self-help group will receive up to $14,000 over two years until 2025. This funding will support groups to operate.

One-third of the groups funded have a focus on supporting people from diverse backgrounds, including:

  • women and girls
  • autistic and other neurodiverse people
  • people from multicultural communities
  • LGBTIQA+ people

Other highlights of this funding round also include:

  • support for people across Victoria with 22 groups from regional and rural areas
  • new support for activities that celebrate pride and recognition 
  • the ability for funds to meet costs for guest speakers
  • increased overall funding for groups (raised from $10,000 over two years to $14,000).

To see the grant recipients, you can download the Disability Self Help Grants Program 2023–2025 list of funded groups.

Victoria’s support for disability self-help groups recognises the value of peer support and aligns with the goals of Inclusive Victoria: State disability plan 2022-2026.

How can the grant be used?

The grants support Victorian disability self-help groups to:

  • share both formal and informal information such as personal experiences
  • support members to make informed decisions about their own situation or circumstances 
  • facilitate peer support for people with disability and their families/carers
  • strengthen the capacity of people with disability to live independently in their own community and actively participate in community activities
  • provide social connections for people who may otherwise be isolated
  • increase opportunities to provide information and education on lived experiences of people with disability
  • foster and promote disability pride within the disability community.

A past self-help grant recipient’s story

Peer support for parents with neurodivergent children - video transcript (Word)

For more information contact us

Office for Disability


1300 880 043

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