For assistance with any part of your application contact your local Variety office on 1300 482 743
1. Applications may be made on behalf of a child or children up to and including the age of 18, with special needs, who live in NT and have either permanent residency, temporary residency (refugee) or Australian Citizenship
2. The following information must be attached to each application:
a. Current financial information from the child’s family. This must include copies of payslips and/or Centrelink Income Statements. Documents must be less than 3 months old.
b. Three quotes to be attached for each piece of equipment. The quotes must be less than three months old and include freight charges, if applicable. Equipment quoted should be new and have full warranty and after sales service included. When all other things are equal, Variety will consider approving the cheaper of the quotes presented. The three quote rule can be varied where there is only one supplier. Variety reserves the right to use preferred suppliers.
c. A copy of the application that has been submitted to, together with any response received from the relevant NT Government funding program (TEP NT) or through the NDIS. If TEP do not provide funding for the requested item, please provide written confirmation, eg. a copy of their funding guidelines.
d. Two supporting letters from professional sources. One letter must be from a medical professional such as a GP or Paediatrician, to confirm the child's diagnosis. The second letter should be from a professional source such as a an Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Doctor, Social Worker or other health professional relevant to the application. The letters should include information relating to:
- the child's diagnosis (or lack of diagnosis)
- the child's prognosis, their symptoms and effects of their diagnosis on the quality of life of the child and their family
- how the recommended equipment is beneficial to the child
- evidence of a trial of the equipment
- an indication of the urgency of the grant
3. Once a grant is approved:
a. Successful applicants cannot reapply within the same program category (Freedom Program, Future Kids Program or Caring for Kids Program) for a fixed period of 12 months.
b. Variety's preferred payment is on invoice, with payment made directly to the supplier. Reimbursements are made at the discretion of the Committee.
c. Once the equipment has been delivered, the ownership is transferred directly from the supplier to the child’s family.
d. The money granted by Variety cannot be transferred to another piece of equipment, without the prior consent of the Kids Support Committee. If the equipment granted is no longer suitable or required, prior to being purchased, the grant will be cancelled. A new application may be submitted immediately.
e. When the equipment is no longer necessary for the child, and if still in good order, Variety asks that the parent/guardian ask their referee to give the equipment to another suitable recipient.
4. The following types of applications will NOT be considered:
a. Ongoing funding, such as repairs or maintenance of equipment.
b. Therapy and rehabilitation.Applications for therapy are at the discretion of Variety NT.
d. Carer’s expenses At discretion of VarietyNT
f. Home alterations and other capital works, unless not having the equipment installed by the supplier will void the warranty. This will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
g. General and cash donations
h. Travel expenses. Applications for travel are at the discretion of Variety NT.
i. Variety does not fund vehicles for individuals or families. Variety NT does approve partial or joint funding for vehicles for organisations, through our Sunshine Coach program.
All grants will be considered on a case by case basis.