ROYAL FAR WEST RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING TO EXPAND NDIS SERVICES

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ROYAL FAR WEST RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING TO EXPAND NDIS SERVICES


Wednesday, 1 August 2018

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro has announced grant funding of $1.339 million for Royal Far West to help them expand their NDIS services for children with disability living in rural and remote areas of NSW.

Mr Barilaro congratulated Royal Far West on their success in a very competitive grant program.

“I’m delighted Royal Far West has secured a grant from the NSW Government’s $19 million Disability Sector Scale-Up program, which will allow them to make the most of the NDIS rollout,” Mr Barilaro said.

“More than 250 businesses applied for the Business Acceleration Grant program so as you can imagine, competition was fierce.

“While the businesses selected are exceptional and innovative, the quality of all applicants showcased the exciting opportunities for businesses with the rollout of the NDIS and I congratulate them all.”

Mr Barilaro said Royal Far West was a not-for-profit organisation based in Manly and provided development and capacity building programs for children and their families living in rural and remote parts of NSW.

“Royal Far West is already doing great work in the disability space and this grant will help them expand and enhance their capacity to support and improve the quality of life for people with a disability all over NSW.”

Royal Far West Health Director Katherine Burchfield said Royal Far West established its award-winning Windmill Program back in 2015 to provide targeted therapy and support for children with disability aged 2 to 12 years, and their families.

“This grant will allow us to strengthen and expand the Windmill Program, developing new and innovative service models that respond to the needs of Aboriginal families and rural and remote communities across NSW, improving access and increasing choice under the NDIS,” she said.

Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams said the Disability Sector Scale-Up was a component of the NSW Government’s $100 million Smart, Skilled & Hired initiative.

“On top of Business Acceleration Grants, the DSSU will provide low cost advisory services for small businesses across the state through Business Connect to help them identify and capitalise on opportunities that emerge as a result of the NDIS.