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The Panel assesses applications to ACCAN's Independent Grants Program and recommends the strongest applications to the ACCAN Board for funding. The Panel meet face-to-face to discuss proposals, and in addition via teleconferences, email discussion and hold separate reviews of grant applications as needed. 

Selection Process

Each panel member is recruited for a three year term and is selected through a competitive process against selection criteria. A sub-committee of the ACCAN Board assesses Expressions of Interest and makes a recommendation to the Board. Panellists are chosen based on their individual expertise.

ACCAN values diversity: women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, persons with disabilities and people from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For the ACCAN Independent Grants Panel Terms of Reference,  download the document below:

Download: pdfIndependent Grants Panel ToR 2019.pdf613.97 KB

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Panel Conflict of Interest Guidelines

All Panel members are required to follow ACCAN's Conflict of Interest guidelines. Download them below:

Download:pdfIndependent Grants Panel - Conflict of Interest Guidelines.pdf127.69 KB

Download:docIndependent Grants Panel - Conflict of Interest Guidelines.doc77 KB

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact the ACCAN Grants team:

Phone: 02 9288 4000

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Or via the NRS

Independent Grants Panel - Current Members

Mr Len Bytheway

Len Bytheway

Len is the Principal at BTW Consulting. He has developed a unique blend of knowledge and experience in communications and information technology, board and executive management, and the disability and disadvantaged sectors spanning three decades. His Churchill Fellowship in deafness and technology led to the establishment of Deaflink, which later became Australian Communication Exchange – the operator of the National Relay Service, where Len was the founding CEO.

Len’s passion for social justice has included involvement in many boards, including CTN and ACCAN for a total of 11 years, as Deputy Chair, Treasurer, Finance and Audit Committee, Performance Committee, and portfolio responsibilities including disability access, emergency services and emerging technologies. Len was the CEO of the Abused Child Trust (now ACT for Kids) and a consultant and mentor to commercial and non-profit community organisations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entities. Len also developed communications strategies and resources for the education and community sectors incorporating accessible media.

Len holds an MBA and qualifications in disability and education and is competent in Auslan.

Panellist 2 - vacant

Panellist 3 - vacant