Bass Coast,

Accessibility Funding Now Available

Bass Coast businesses and community groups can now apply for funding to make their facilities accessible to all.

The Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations funding round is open from 4 March until 31 March 2015, and is looking for applications from businesses and community groups.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said applicants could receive up to $500 to improve disability access.

“The purpose of this funding is to help businesses or community groups in Bass Coast to increase the number of people with a disability accessing their shops or facilities and being included as customers, visitors, members or employees,” Cr Brown said.

Cr Brown said the $500 grant can be spent on a variety of projects and isn’t limited to improving access, such as installing ramps or hand rails.

“For example, the Wonthaggi Miners Dispensary and Youth Edge in Cowes, used the grant to provide Disability Awareness Training to staff,” Cr Brown said.

“The Cowes Bowling Club also purchased a ramp that can help wheelchair and scooter users to access the bowling green, and the Inverloch Football Netball Club installed signs directing people to accessible toilets in their function room.”

Other opportunities could include providing large print menus, a communication access assessment, which looks at how well you communicate with people who have complex communication needs, or a disability access appraisal of your facility.

An in-kind or dollar contribution from your own business or community group is encouraged but not essential.

The funding is provided by the RuralAccess program and is supported by Council.

Priority will be given to those projects which will have an ongoing impact on increasing the number of people with a disability accessing a business or community organisation.

All applications need to be discussed with Council’s Community Facilitator – Projects, Cathy Giliam, to ensure projects are on the right track and will meet Australian Standards or quality service providers.

For more information, please visit Council’s website at, call 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or email