Gifting Criteria

Easing the hardship – Criteria for assessment of spinal cord injury gifting applications

PBF Australia helps individuals living with spinal cord injury by providing funding for the purchase of essential equipment or home adaptations that will improve the quality and independence of their life. However PBF is a funder of last resort and it is expected that all other avenues of financial support have been exhausted before a grant can be approved. To ensure appropriate allocation of financial resources, all applications from eligible individuals living with paraplegia or quadriplegia will be assessed independently against the following criteria:

  • Individual grants are available up to a maximum of $5000
  • Funding is only made available to applicants with a permanent traumatic spinal cord injury. This is defined as a physical bodily injury that results in damage to or a severing of the spinal cord resulting in permanent paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Applicants with non-traumatic spinal cord damage that is secondary to a surgical procedure, or the result of disease or illness, or from internal damage to the spinal cord region, are not eligible for this funding
  • Funding is only made available to individuals once all other avenues of financial assistance have been exhausted
  • A statement of hardship will need to accompany all applications. The statement should provide an overview of your assets and income and the reasons why you are ineligible for other funding schemes.  For instance if you own a home this may not prevent a grant but investments or cash assets need to be utilised before PBF is able to consider funding
  • A letter of support from a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or allied health professional must accompany the application. This letter should detail the reasons why the equipment or home adaptations are required
  • Applications should be accompanied by three quotations. If three quotations are not obtainable please provide a detailed explanation
  • Applications that include funding from other sources including private funds, Community Service and Government agency contributions will be looked upon favourably
  • Donations of money will not be made to individuals:
    • Payment will be made to suppliers upon invoice
    • Applications for retrospective payments will not be eligible

Generally we do not provide grants for:

  • Applicants who have received or are in the process of receiving compensation or damages in respect of their spinal cord injury
  • Standard equipment or modifications where an applicant is eligible for funding under Commonwealth, States and Territories and Veterans Affairs equipment schemes
  • Servicing or repairs to vehicles or equipment
  • Equipment or modifications for people living in residential or aged care facilities

Please NOTE: Payment of an approved grant can only be made to a supplier or a service provider on presentation of a tax invoice. This means donations of money and /or retrospective payments cannot be made to an applicant’s bank account.

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