Event Support


The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is committed to supporting the sharing of disability research findings, exchange of knowledge and bringing people together.

The Event Funding scheme provides up to $2,000 of financial support for small-medium events such as public seminars, workshops, round table discussions, or (where relevant) launches or social events. Funding can be used for accessibility, venue hire, catering or other associated costs. For large events please contact the MDI team to discuss your idea.

The MDI looks forward to supporting events that bring together academics, people with disability and the disability sector to raise awareness or discuss priority issues related to disability or share research findings.

Selection & Eligibility Criteria

The MDI seeks to fund events that meet the following criteria:

  • Aligned with the MDI strategic research themes: opportunity and equity; inclusive communities; health and well-being; markets and sustainability; policy and practice.
  • Are led by a University of Melbourne researcher (and where relevant, is delivered in partnership with people with disability or the disability sector)
  • Aim to be fully accessible: physically accessible as well as providing captioning and/or Auslan interpreters


Please make sure your event meets the above three criteria, and complete the application form below. If you have any questions please contact Sara Donaldson, sara.donaldson@unimelb.edu.au or phone 03 9035 6416

Up to ten event support grants will be awarded each calendar year.

Download MDI Event Support Application Form