Applications open for disability and Indigenous Peoples' education grants

Applications are now open for the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund (ADIPEF).

This fund was created to assist indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants.

Set up in 2008 by Frank Hall-Bentick, a resident at Yooralla’s Ventilator Assisted Accommodation Service (VASS), and his sisters Lesley and Annette and friends Rae, Lyndall, Cath, Ros and Jody, the fund seeks to distribute small six-monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disability to continue their learning.

Frank has a life-long disability and, along with other members of his family, has experienced many years of hospitalisation, special schools and disability services. For the last thirty-eight years Frank has been involved in disability advocacy and the empowerment of people with disability locally, nationally and internationally. Realising that the work to empower people with disability is ongoing, he has long considered the best way to support this is through further education and learning.

For many people with disability from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds, education can go a long way to not only developing their skills but also their self-esteem and the pride of their family, friends and community.


People with disabilities of any age living in Australia may apply for any assistance to help with both formal and informal education. While people may need assistance to complete the application, ADIPEF would like a letter in the person’s own words expressing why they want to learn.

How to Apply

Download the form below, complete it and send it back to ADIPEF on

Applications close 31 March.

ADIPEF accepts donations in support of this granting program.

How can I donate?

You can donate to the Education Fund via the Australian Communities Foundation. Click on the link below and complete your details.

Go to and click on donate and follow the instructions to make your donation.

More information about ADIPEF

For more information, contact Frank Hall-Bentick on

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