Updated: Mable community grants close in a week

Updated January 24: There’s only one more week until applications for a Mable Community Grant.

Applications for a Mable Community Grant are now open. People have until 31 January 2023 to submit their applications for projects or initiatives that create an inclusive society for older Australians and people with disabilities.

Mable CEO Peter Scutt said an inclusive society where everyone belongs had been Mable’s vision since its inception. And in 2019, Mable established its Community Grants program to provide financial support to individuals and organisations working towards its vision.

“The premise behind the Mable Community Grants is to recognise and reward like-minded changemakers making a positive difference in their local communities and the lives of people with disabilities and older Australians. 

“Grants are available to individuals and businesses. They can be for projects and initiatives in the arts, technology, community or sporting endeavours and can range in value up to $20,000. The judging panel’s basis for choosing winners is identifying people or projects working towards an inclusive society.

“Take Gwenda Darling, for example. Gwenda and the Berrigan Dementia Inclusive Community Group received $3,000 to fund more locals with dementia and their carers to come along to morning tea each week.

“The idea or project doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Ideally, we are looking to support everyday people in their local communities who have big dreams of making a difference in the lives of others.

“People such as Phia Damsma, who has worked for more than 20 years passionately developing the Sonokids’ ‘Ballyland’ suite of apps, which blind or visually impaired children use to learn essential skills to use computers and mobile devices. Thanks to the financial support of more than $6,000 from a Mable Community Grant, Phia was able to bring her dream of creating a 3D printed learning tool for the ‘CosmoBally on Sonoplanet’ educational sonification app into a reality,” Mr Scutt said.

Past Mable Community Grant recipients have included documentary filmmakers, app creators, fashion designers, Paralympians, community advocates, and people invested in social issues like changing the dialogue around the diagnosis of disability.

Mr Scutt said he is proud to use Mable’s profit-for-purpose business model to advocate for a better society.

“That’s a society where people of all ages, demographics, and abilities have the opportunity to live a life of their choosing and discover meaning, purpose and belonging,” Mr Scutt said.

To find out more or to apply, visit mable.com.au/communitygrants

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