How to Apply for SDA Funding: 5 Key Steps
If you are new to the NDIS or an existing Participant who needs to update their NDIS plan to include SDA funding, please follow the below guide for assistance in navigating the SDA funding application process.
1. Check Your Eligibility for NDIS Funding
If you are not already receiving NDIS funding, you first need to check whether you meet the NDIS’ specific eligibility criteria to become a Participant. You can check this via their eligibility checklist.
For further assistance in applying to the NDIS, please refer to our NDIS funding Guide.
2. Check Your SDA Funding Eligibility
Unfortunately, not all NDIS Participants are eligible for SDA funding.
To meet the SDA funding requirements, you must have an extreme functional impairment or high support needs. You also must establish that SDA housing will improve your independence and lifestyle.
If you believe these things to be true, please continue to the next step.
3. Gather your Supporting Documents
It is important to justify your eligibility for SDA funding with supporting documents.
For a seamless application process, we recommend you gather the following documents:
- Allied Health Functional Capacity Housing Assessment Report, specific to SDA
- Home and Living Supports Request Form
- Personal Housing Statement
- Additional supporting documentation such as a Psychological Assessment Report and/or a supporting letter from a GP.
There are also multiple booklets and checklists available on the NDIS Booklets and Factsheets web page that can help with the SDA application process
If you are applying for NDIS for the first time, also ensure you gather all the supporting legal documents listed in our NDIS funding guide.
4. NDIS Planning Meeting
If you are applying for SDA funding at the time of becoming and NDIS Participant, you are able to discuss your SDA eligibility in your initial NDIS planning meeting. It is also important to have a housing related goal included in your plan, explaining that you would like to explore your housing options.
However, if you previously did not require SDA funding, but you circumstances have changed, you are able to request a review of your NDIS plan, and have a housing related goal added.
5. The Next Steps
After your NDIS planning meeting, the NDIS will provide you with some funding to explore your housing options, and a Functional Capacity Housing Assessment will need to be completed by an Occupational Therapist (or other Allied Therapist), which will determine whether you do or do not qualify for SDA funding.
If your SDA funding is approved by the NDIS, you can contact an SDA Provider (such as Sana Living), to discuss the level of your funding and the SDA housing options that are suitable for you.
How Sana Living Can Help
Are you struggling to figure out whether you or a loved one is eligible for SDA? Or are you having an issue navigating the application process?
For more information on how to apply for SDA funding, please give our friendly team a call on 1800 951 420.
We will be more than happy to provide you guidance on all the in’s and out’s of the SDA application process, as well as information on the NDIS SDA funding levels and the types of SDA we supply.