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Queensland Government media release

Community organisations, schools, sporting clubs and cultural groups can now apply for a share of $150,000 to hold events and activities that celebrate Queenslanders with disability.

Minister for Disability Services Coralee O'Rourke today announced applications for the annual Disability Community Event grants that recognise the achievements and contributions of people with disability would open on Monday, April 16.

“With around 830,000 Queenslanders identifying as having disability, it is vital to create a Queensland in which everybody has the same access to opportunities,” Mrs O’Rourke said.

“Grants of up to $5000 are available to help organisations and community groups host events or activities during Disability Action Week, which will be held between 9 and 15 September 2018, or on International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.

“These celebrations will help empower people with disability and communities to work together to make change towards an all abilities Queensland.”

Mrs O’Rourke said grants were open to a wide range of organisations and community groups, including those in the sport and recreation, arts and culture, education and employment sectors, housing, health and transport.

“Last year Queenslanders participated in 38 events and activities across the state to celebrate a more inclusive Queensland,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing even more exciting celebrations this year, ensuring more Queenslanders with disability can participate in our communities and feel welcomed.

“It’s about working together to help break down and remove some of those barriers people with disability face so they can reach their full potential.”

Grant applications close at midday on Wednesday 16 May 2018.

For more information on how to apply, go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/disabilityactionweek

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