Lotterywest is one of the primary providers of grants to community groups and incorporated associations in Western Australia. Lotterywest uses the profits derived from the sale of games such as Lotto and Scratch’n’Win to provide a variety of grants to assist not-for-profit community based proposals in Western Australia.
1.1 Who are Lotterywest grants available to?
The Lotteries Commission Act 1990 determines what types of organisations are eligible for Lotterywest grants and for what purposes these grants can be used for.
Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities however, these grants are only available to support initiates that are for charitable or benevolent purposes.
1.2 Types of Grants
To be eligible for a Lotterywest grant the applying organisation needs to demonstrate that:
the funds will be used in Western Australia;
- the funds will be used to benefit the Western Australian community; and
- the proposed initiate or project will involve members from Western Australia.
There are five broad objectives for Lotterywest grants. These areas are:
- Extending the capacity of not-for-profit organisations;
- Strengthening community service delivery;
- Enhancing community development initiatives;
- Valuing State Heritage; and
- Advancing participation in community life.
1.2.1 Extending the Capacity of Not-For-Profit Organisations
These grants provide opportunities for organisations such as incorporated associations to develop themselves, their systems and their partnerships with the community and business sector. This funding supports activities such as volunteer training, strategic management, public relations, development of training resources and organisation conferences.
1.2.2 Strengthening Community Service Delivery
This grant area recognises the role community services play in improving the quality of life for people in the community. Priority for these grants is given to organisations that provide support to disadvantaged people and groups and proposals providing a broad community benefit.
1.2.3 Enhancing Community Development Initiatives
Suitable for projects of up to three years aimed at improving the well being of a community through local initiates that will facilitate lasting changes. These projects should create links between people, places, community groups and resources and improve access to the community by people who might not otherwise participate.
1.2.4 Valuing State Heritage
Funding supports the conservation of important aspects of Western’s Australia’s heritage. This grant area offers support for heritage proposals and provides recognition of the State’s diverse cultural identity, natural environment and heritage places.
1.2.5 Advancing Participation in Community Life
These grants support initiatives that encourage broad community involvement in social, cultural and recreational activities, particularly for people who face barriers in their participation.
1.3 Applying for Lotterywest grants
1.3.1 When can the association apply
Lotterywest uses a submission based approach to grant-making. Applications can be submitted for most grants at anytime and will be considered by Lotterywest in the order they are received. Associations should check the Grant Round Diary as some grant areas are only available at certain times and submissions must be received by a closing date.
Organisations are able to apply for more than one grant in a financial year. Lotterywest prefers that an applicant makes a single application that details all grants they wish to apply for. This will demonstrate to Lotterywest the association’s priorities for the year.
1.3.2 Funding Limits and Organisation Structures
If an association is not legally incorporated or not registered for GST, the association can apply for single or multiple grants with a combined total value of up to $15,000 in one financial year. It is recommended that the association applies for the amount they think they will need for their initiate or project. There is an expectation that the association will also provide a contribution to their initiative according to their capacity to do so.
1.3.3 Application Requirements
It is recommended that any association applying for a grant makes allowances for the assessment process which can take at least four months to complete. To ensure that the submission can be assessed and processed in a timely manner the association should ensure that all information required for the application is provided at the time of making the application.
An application for a grant may require information such as:
- a proposed budget for the grant funds.
- Details of the association’s bank account.
- ABN details and status for the association.
- Details of GST registrations.
- Most recent annual report.
- Certificate of incorporation.
- A copy of the association’s current rules.