The Arthur Marsden Whiting’s Sympathy Fund was established to provide assistance to people with a physical disability who are in need of financial support.
- To be eligible for assistance, as outlined in the Will, applicants must:
- Have a primary disability that impairs mobility.
- Be of the Protestant faith.
- Reside in the State of Victoria.
- Not suffer from alcoholism.
- Meet the financial eligibility criteria.
- Be in need of financial assistance in order to obtain equipment, treatment, education or training, or any other assistance for the care of the person with a disability.
- Examples of requests that will be considered for approval include (but are not limited to):
- Support for equipment to be upgraded beyond the level provided by NDIS (e.g. H track ceiling hoist, home modifications).
- Funding to purchase movement therapy devices or alternative mobility devices-such as MOTOmed, electric scooters and/or bikes. Such equipment might be for special recreational purposes such as a wheelchair suitable for beach access.
- Funding for additional items of equipment such as a wheelchair with high low base in addition to regular wheelchair, a manual wheelchair for use when electric chair is being serviced or breaks down, alternate seating options.
- Funding to purchase and maintain equipment that supports social participation or telehealth – such as smart phone (and data), computer or tablet.
- Funding to participate in sports and exercise- such as cost of classes, membership or personalised equipment.
- Assistance can be given only to individuals or families as opposed to charitable institutions or community groups.
- Equity Trustees also seek to support persons who cannot access the NDIS, such as children whose parents are refugees, those on working visas and also New Zealanders living in Australia.
For more information, visit https://www.eqt.com.au/philanthropy/grant-funding/folder-medical-grants/arthur-marsden-whiting-sympathy-fund