GRANTS & LOANS
Did you know that there are grants that you might be eligible for?
Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is available to young people who are transitioning out of home care. The grant is up to $1,500, and is for assisting with transitioning into independent living.
To be eligible to receive the allowance the young person must:
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident who resides in Australia at the time of application for TILA
- Be aged from 15 to 25 years at the time of application
- Have been placed in formal care or under a court order such as a guardianship order
- Have been in care for 6 month or more
- Either be approaching an exit from formal care (within twelve weeks of applying), experiencing an exit from formal care, or have exited from formal care
- Have left care/be leaving care after they turn/ed 15
- Have a transition to independence plan
- Have not received the full amount of TILA assistance previously (you can only receive up to a total of $1,500, but this might be in several different payments for different things you want to buy)
CREATE Your Future Grants
The CREATE Your Future Grant Scheme allows young people aged 15 – 25, who have an out of home care experience, to apply for loans to help cover the cost of:
Education and Training
- Minimum $300 to a maximum grant of $3,000
- Education and training can include courses for vocational education
- Funds can be used for educational / training courses, tuition fees, or equipment/books and resources.
- This category also includes dance, drama, art, music lessons, hair, beauty and other similar types of courses.
- Maximum grant of $1,000 to go towards lessons and/or driving test fees
- Applicants must hold a valid Learner Driver License/Permit
- You can apply for a pre-selected laptop (which will include Microsoft Suite) or other IT equipment.
Travel and Conferences
- Minimum $300 to a maximum of $3,000
- Funds will be issued for eligible quotes/invoices
To read more about CREATE Your Future Grants click here!
Dame Roma Mitchell Grant
Dame Roma Mitchell Grants are for eligible children and young people who are, or have been, under the guardianship of the Chief Executive or Minister for Child Protection in South Australia for at least one year. These grants are for:
Achieving personal goals
These grants provide a range of social, recreational and self-development opportunities. Previous grants have been awarded for:
- Musical instruments
- Attendance at workshops
- Art materials
- Sporting equipment.
- Health and wellbeing
- Driving lessons
- Essential basic furniture and household items
- Health services or equipment not covered by existing government funding.
Grants can support young people to re-engage in learning or earning to successfully achieve educational or vocational outcomes. Previous grants have provided:
- Pre-vocational courses
- Computers and software to assist with study and gaining employment
- Business expenses
- Study opportunities, workshops and conferences
- Tools for apprenticeships.
Wyatt Trust Fund
Wyatt’s Trust Fund has 3 types of loans:
- Small Grants
- Partner Grants
- Major Grants.
These grants are accessible to people facing financial hardship who reside in South Australia.
To be eligible to you must:
- Be currently reside in South Australia
- Have lived in South Australia for a total of five years or more
- Have not received prior assistance from Wyatt in the past three years.
Applications can only be accepted from professionals working in a recognised organisation, on behalf of eligible clients experiencing hardship. If you are interested in applying for this grant, and you are from an out-of-home-care background, you can contact Post Care Support Services on 1800 188 118, and they can apply on your behalf.
WorkVentures Connect IT program
Workventures Connect IT program offers quality refurbished personal computers (PCs) at affordable prices to people on Centrelink benefits or low-income earners.
No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS)
NILS provides no interest credit to individuals and families on low incomes. That means you can get a loan, without having to pay back extra money (interest).
NILS loans are available for essential goods and services such as:
- Household items like fridges, washing machines, TVs and furniture
- Medical procedures and dental services
- Education essentials such as computers and textbooks
- Car repairs or registration
- Some other items as requested.
NILS loans are not for:
You can borrow up to $1,500, and repayments are set at affordable amounts over 12 to 18 months.
To be eligible you must:
- Have a Health Care Card / Pension Card or earn less than $45,000 a year after tax ($60,000 for couples or people with dependants)
- Have lived at my current or previous address for at least 3 months
- I can show that I have a capacity to repay the loan
NILS is offered by 170 local community organisations in over 600 locations across Australia. Chances are there’ll be a local NILS provider near you or one who can help over the phone.
If you want support applying for grants, Relationship Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services can help! Just call 1800 188 118 or visit https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/