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MDI: Seed Funding & Community Grants

The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is committed to facilitating disability research that is interdisciplinary and can demonstrate significant impact on the well-being of people with disability, their families and carers. One of the ways in which this will achieve this is by providing funding to academics and community organisations.  There will be four streams of funding: seed funding for research, community grants, research translation (coming soon) and event support (coming soon).

The research seed funding and community grants program are now open for application; researchers and community organisations can apply for funding to support pilot projects and community-led projects.

Seed funding: By providing seed funding, the MDI seeks to encourage and support innovative ideas and interdisciplinary research collaborations.

Seed funding is intended for small-medium projects at the discovery or pilot end of research. The MDI is interested in supporting projects that are likely to have practical outcomes, involve strong partnerships and have a clear pathway to sustainable funding.

Community Grants:  Through community grants the MDI seeks to encourage and support innovative ideas and research in the broader disability community.

The Community Grants scheme provides funding for up to $5,000 for projects run by community-based organisations that build social capital and improve lives of people with disability, their families or carers.

The Community Grants are intended to be flexible and can be tailored to best suit the needs of the project. Possible examples may involve evaluation of a program, piloting a new idea, service or concept, responding to community issues, encouraging participation and inclusion or facilitating innovation. Please note the purpose of Community Grants is not to evaluate core business or service; rather to build social capital, to share practices and to replicate or scale up ideas.

Further information on the MDI seed funding and community grants funding