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.

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.

Finding the right grant for your association

Grant programs are available from State and Commonwealth agencies. For example:

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

  • Sport and Recreation provides funding to facilitate sport and active recreation.  Visit the Funding, grants and scholarship page for full details. 
  • Culture and the Arts distributes funding to organisations.  Visit the website for more information about the grant programs offered, eligibility requirements and application processes.
  • Office of Multicultural Interests offers different types of funding, including community grants through its Community Grants Program.

Department of Communities

Provides one-off grants to community sector organisations to implement projects, events and initiatives. Visit the Community Grants, Funding and Initiatives webpage for more information.


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 visit the Lotterywest website.