SCIA grant scheme

Do you need a piece of equipment to help increase your independence? 

Are you interested in learning a new skill?

Would you and your family benefit from some respite care or accommodation?

SCIA may be able to help - we are pleased to offer our members a grant of up to $2000 to help with the financing of tools, equipment, respite and many other activities that can help empower people to live an independent and engaged life.

Our grants have been designed to provide funding for, but not limited to:

  • Equipment that has become necessary as a result of a SCI
  • Modifications
  • Driving lessons
  • Educational courses
  • Regular activities like gym memberships and participation in sporting and social activities
  • Tickets to sporting events or concerts
  • Planned respite* (including care, travel and accommodation costs)

*Please read the Terms and Conditions for our guidance on what constitutes planned respite or a holiday when applying for a SCIA Grant. Please read this prior to completing your application.

SCIA are also able to help out in times of crisis. For example, where a client requires immediate equipment or care services, is in a situation that compromises their safety and independence or where there is a risk of family breakdown. With this program SCIA aims to give people with spinal cord injury and their family or primary carer(s) choice in obtaining access to flexible respite that is not only meaningful but also provides a positive experience.


A SCIA Grant cannot be used to fund equipment or activities that are already provided under an existing Government scheme such as Enable or Job Access, nor can it be used to fund SCIA programs such as NeuroMoves or Stays at Coffs Harbour Beach House. However it can be used towards travel to and from SCIA services.

In order to be eligible for a SCIA Grant, applicants must:

  • Have a spinal cord injury (or similar condition**)
  • Be a member of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (This can be checked by phoning 1800 819 775)
  • Not have been previously financially compensated or presently be covered under an insurance scheme including but not limited to Life Time Care and Support Authority (LTCSA), WorkCover or Compulsory Third Party (CTP)
  • Be over the age of 18 years or if under, have permission from their legal guardians to participate
  • Be a resident of New South Wales
  • Have met all requirements of any previous SCIA funding packages, including providing proof of purchase (receipt or invoice) and completed evaluation sheets
  • Not be a NDIS participant.

Please note that funding cannot be granted to reimburse members for items or expenses that have already been paid for or purchased; therefore, SCIA recommends either waiting for the outcome of a grant application prior to making a purchase or ensuring that personal funds are available in case the application is unsuccessful.

For more detailed information about the SCIA Grant Scheme and for an Application Form please click here.

**Priority will be given to people with spinal cord injury.  The SCIA grant is NOT an entitlement and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in comparison with other applications for that month. Meeting the eligibility does not assume automatic approval of a grant and SCIA retains the right to decline an application for any reason. The total amount that can be applied for over one financial year is up to $2000. SCIA reserves the right to amend this amount from time to time.

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