Each year, International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) supports new and emerging social enterprises through the Social Enterprise Grant Program.
The program provides support and funding for social enterprises, co-operatives or micro-businesses that are owned and operated by people with disabilities and/or employ 50% of people with a disability in their workforce. These businesses exist to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by enabling them to utilise their unique strengths and actively contribute to their community.
“The Social Enterprise Grant program provides much needed economic and financial support for new and emerging social enterprises. Every year, IDPWD is honoured to assist businesses who are looking to help the lives of people with disabilities through the program,” said Wade Lange, CEO of idpwd.org.
The program is an initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals agenda and is designed to address the UN’s following deliverables:
1. By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
2. By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.
The program is funded through the sales of corporate and school IDPWD kits, which contain branded
t-shirts, braille wristbands, balloons and other promotional merchandise to assist schools and organisations celebrating IDPWD. Because of these sales, IDPWD is able to financially support a minimum of five social enterprises every year and provide a business mentor to guide them through their first year of operation.
“Volunteering Services Australia is proud to be supporting IDPWD and the Social Enterprise Grant Program. The purchases of the corporate and school kits are extremely important to ensure that this program can continue to provide invaluable assistance for future social enterprises,” said Simon Nugus, CEO of Volunteering Services Australia.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES – (IDPWD), goal is to encourage communities to discuss disability in different contexts and to promote celebration of diversity and inclusion across Australia – with a particular focus on children. IDPWD is celebrated on 3rd December each year and is an annual opportunity for all stakeholders within communities, corporations and schools to celebrate the richness of diversity and the power of inclusion.
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