Grants

Funding is important to support industry and provide active opportunities for the Western Australian community. It is very likely that an association will want to apply for a grant at one time or another over the course of its life. Applying for and receiving grants can contribute towards the costs of all kinds of initiatives and assist the furtherance of an association’s objects. Many government departments and private sector organisations offer funding to not-for-profit and community groups to assist these groups achieve their aims and purposes.

Key Points

  • Applying for and receiving grants can contribute towards the costs of all kinds of initiatives and assist the furtherance of an association’s objects.
  • Lotterywest provides a variety of grants to not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia. These grants support initiates that are for charitable or benevolent purposes.
  • Grant programs are available from both State and Commonwealth agencies and there are a variety of search programs and guides that will assist associations finding the right grant.

Lotterywest grants

Each year Lotterywest supports hundreds of community groups and incorporated associations in Western Australia with grants totalling over $100 million. Lotterywest uses the profits derived from the sale of games such as Lotto and Scratch’n’Win to fund these grants.

Grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities to support charitable or benevolent initiatives with a public benefit within Western Australia.

For more information about available grants and application processes contact Lotterywest:

Tel:           133 777
Toll free:   1800 655 270
TTY:          (08) 9340 5236
Web:         www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants
Email:       hello@lotterywest.wa.gov.au

Preparing grant submissions

Writing competitive grant submissions that will result in a successful grant application can be a daunting task. If an association has any queries regarding the requirements for a specific grant or information regarding the application process it is recommended that they contact the organisation responsible for the grant.

Organisations such as the Western Australian Council of Social Services Inc (WACOSS) provide training courses specifically designed to teach groups how to write successful submissions, develop project proposals and package a submission that positively represents the organisation.

Finding the right grant for your association

Any association seeking grant funding will need to find out what programs are available and which will be best suited to the needs of the group. Grant programs are available from both State and Commonwealth agencies and there are a variety of search programs and guides that will assist associations finding the right grant.

State grants

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

  • Sport and Recreation through grants and scholarships, provides funding to organisations that facilitate sport and active recreation. There are a wide range of avenues to obtain funding including sport and community organisations, facilities and special funding for regional areas. 

    Visit the Funding, grants and scholarship page of Sport and Recreation’s  website for full details of opportunities available. 

  • Local Government and Communities provides one-off grants to community sector organisations and local governments to plan and implement projects, events and initiatives that help to improve the lives of West Australians.  Click here to go to the Local Government and Communities website.
  • Culture and the Arts distributes funding to organisations including small businesses, Local Government authorities and not-for-profit organisations.  Visit www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding for more information regarding the grant programs offered, eligibility requirements and application processes.