Small Grants Available for Businesses and Service Providers

Businesses and not-for-profit service providers located in the coastal precincts of Bondi Beach (Waverley Council), Newcastle Beach and Nobbys Beach (City of Newcastle) and Merimbula/Pambula Beach (Bega Valley Shire) are encouraged to apply for a grant from Surf Life Saving NSW to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.

Grants of up to $20 000 are available. The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday 3rd August 2015.

The Small Grant program is one strategy being implemented by SLSNSW to encourage the development of communities that are welcoming, respectful and considerate of people with disability and their right to be fully engaged in all aspects of community life.

The Community Inclusion Project has been funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to support the development of Liveable Communities for all people and to promote the right of all people to enjoy barrier free access to community spaces, businesses, services and facilities.

SLSNSW inclusion Officer, Meredith Harrison, is urging business owners to take advantage of the grant program and to promote inclusive practices within their shopfronts, restaurants, salons and cafes.

“Projects funded through the grant program should work to address the physical and attitudinal barriers that people with disability often encounter in and around coastal locations – whether it be in accessing the water, attending a market or festival, taking a surfing lesson or buying lunch at a café,” Ms Harrison said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local businesses and service providers to set themselves apart from other providers by highlighting their commitment to inclusion. The funds can be used for anything ranging from improving physical access or providing training courses for staff about communication and customer service considerations when serving a person with a disability.

“SLSNSW is proud to be promoting the development of inclusive coastal communities and we are looking forward to working with a range of businesses and organisations towards barrier-free communities for people of all abilities,” she concluded.

Initially the Community Inclusion Project will be rolled out in the Bondi, Newcastle and Pambula-Merimbula areas, with a full evaluation of the project to be undertaken by the University of Technology Sydney.

The learning from the trial sites will be made available to interested parties in the hope that it will inform the development of additional inclusive beach precincts along the NSW coast. The grant program guidelines can be found Here

For further information please contact SLSNSW Inclusion Officer, Meredith Harrison on 9471 8000 or email mharrison@surflifesaving.com.au

Tue 7 Jul 2015