Count Us In 2023

Celebrating disability inclusion across our community

4– 24 September 2023

An annual festival that celebrates community inclusion and accessibility across Newcastle over a multi-week program.

What does it look like?

Count Us In (CUI) includes events and activities that highlight and celebrate inclusion. Whether you are a businesses, a community organisation, a person/family with lived experience of disability, or a carer there will be something in the program to engage and encourage you to join the celebrations.

Small Grants

From 16 May until 4pm 22 June 2023, the City of Newcastle (CN) Count Us In small grants program is open. We encourage people with disabilities and others to apply for these grants of between $550 - $2200 (gst inc) to develop and deliver events for the September program.

Whether it is an existing activity that can be promoted via Count Us In, a "come and try" style event or day, disability awareness training or something totally new, our small grants might just be to ticket to encourage you to promote and celebrate disability inclusion within Newcastle.

CN also utilises CUI to promote a range of inclusive activities and events at our venues and we also will host a signature event or two to engage the broader community to talk and learn about inclusion.

Find out more by reading the CUI Grants 2023 Guidelines (word only)

All applications are via the Smartygrants program, apply here.

Enquiries or more information about Count Us In call 49742863 or email

Need some ideas to inspire you?

View the previous CUI program (2022)

The 2022 program brought together local businesses, community groups and individuals to participate in events and activities such as an employment forum, business breakfast, accessible fishing, Zumba classes, learning opportunities, arts, disability awareness training, inclusive music program and much more. Check out the fun.

Program Versions

View our 2022 'Count Us In' promo where locals told us what inclusion means to them?