Department of Communities Grants Programs

The Department of Communities provides grants to community sector organisations and local governments to plan and implement projects, events and initiatives that help to improve the lives of Western Australians.
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All grants

Below is a list of all grants provided by the Department of Communities.

Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) Capability Building Grants Program

Current status: closed.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) Capability Building Grants Program 2021 applications are now closed.

Funding of up to $45,454 (excluding GST) per project is available for eligible Aboriginal not-for-profit or charitable organisations for capability building activities that provide services to Aboriginal children, families, people and communities within WA.

Addressing Family Violence in the Kimberley Grants Program 2020-2022

Current status: closed.
Addressing Family Violence in the Kimberley Grants Program 2020-2022 applications are now closed.

Communities has a total grants budget of $2.6 million to trial the Addressing Family Violence in the Kimberley Grants Program focused on developing place-based family violence interventions in the Kimberley region. Grants are available to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) or organisations working in partnership with an ACCO.

Age-friendly and Dementia-friendly Communities Grants Program

Current status: closed.
Age-friendly and Dementia-friendly Communities Grants Program applications are now closed.

Grants of up to $15,000 are available for local governments and incorporated not-for-profit community organisations to implement age-friendly, active/positive ageing, other seniors-related strategies, and dementia-friendly strategies.

Age-friendly Communities Connectivity Grants program

Current status: closed.
Age-friendly Communities Social Connectivity Grants Program applications are now closed.

Grants of up to $15,000 per project. Available for local governments and incorporated not-for-profit community organisations to implement age-friendly, active and positive ageing, and other seniors-related strategies that focus on challenging ageism, reducing loneliness and improving older people's connections within their local community.

Find out more about the Age Friendly Connectivity Grants Program.

All-terrain Wheelchair Access for National Parks and Beaches

Current status: closed.
All-terrain Wheelchair Access for National Parks and Beaches grant applications are now closed.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available to increase the availability of all-terrain wheelchairs in National Parks and beaches across Western Australia to support people with disability to connect to their community, participate more actively in community life and recreate in the natural environment.

Attraction and Retention Packages for Regional Child Care Workers program

Current status: open.

The Attraction and Retention Packages for Regional Child Care Workers Program provides grants of up to $25,000 for regional Local Government Authorities (LGAs).

The funding will support the attraction and retention of educators to Early Childhood Education and Care services in regional Western Australia.

Funding for local governments in regional areas to deliver retention and attraction workforce packages.

To apply, visit the Attraction and Retention Packages for Regional Childcare Workers Program web page.

Community Gardens Grants Program

Current status: closed.
Community Gardens Grants Program applications are now closed.

Current status: closed. 

Grants of up to $10,000 to assist with the planning, development and implementation of community garden projects across Western Australia.

Community Housing Grants Program

Current status: closed.
Community Housing Grants Program applications are now closed..

The Community Housing Grants Program will provide $93 million for new and upgraded community housing for hundreds of WA’s most vulnerable people. This includes new housing construction projects and refurbishment works which will create more fit-for-purpose homes to help address the State’s increasing social housing demands, along with specific funding for maintenance works in remote Aboriginal communities.

Community Housing Organisation (CHO) Maintenance Grants Program 2021

Current status: closed.
Community Housing Organisation (CHO) Maintenance Grants Program applications are now closed.

Forming part of the Social Housing Economic Recovery Package (SHERP), grants of up to $20,000 are available for Community Housing Organisations (registered and non-registered) to conduct non-urgent maintenance on eligible items in regional locations across Western Australia. Applications close at 2:30pm Monday 1 February 2021.

COVID-19 Community Housing Rent Relief Grant Program

Current status: closed.
COVID-19 Community Housing Rent Relief Grant Program applications are now closed.

Grants are available to eligible community housing organisations (including local government authorities) that froze rent payable increases during the entire COVID-19 Emergency Period; or intend to credit tenants/occupants for rent payable increases charged during this period.

COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants Program

Current status: closed.
COVID-19 Youth Recovery Grants applications are now closed.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for local governments and community organisations to implement projects that engage young people (10–25 years old) in creative ways and help achieve positive outcomes.

Financial Counselling Traineeships 2021-2023

Current status: closed.
Financial Counselling Traineeship Program applications are now closed.

The Financial Counselling Traineeships Grant Program 2021-2023 will contribute towards the establishment of a training pipeline and the longer-term sustainability of the financial counselling workforce in Western Australia.

Grants of up to $110,000 over two years in metropolitan Perth and Mandurah locations and up to $120,000 over two years in regional locations for each FTE trainee are available for financial counselling services currently funded by the Department for Communities.

Local Government Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) Grants Program

Current status: closed
The AEDC Grants Program is currently closed.

The AEDC Grants Program provides grants of up to $100,000 for Local Government Authorities (LGAs) in Western Australia to deliver programs that address the early development needs of young children in their community.

Find out more and download the guidelines and application form on the AEDC Grants Program page.

Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness

Current status: closed.
Local Government Partnership Fund for Homelessness is now closed.

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 to provide one-off financial co-contributions towards new initiatives that are identified and led by local governments to respond to and prevent homelessness around Western Australia.

Support for Early Childhood Education and Care Services in Regional WA

Current status: closed.

The EOI closed at 2:30pm on Friday, 3 November 2023.

Thank a Volunteer Day Grants Program

Current status: closed.
2023 grants recipients announced.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available for community organisations to host events or activities occurring between 2 - 8 December 2023 in celebration of volunteers for International Volunteer Day (5 December 2023).

WA Youth Engagement Grants

Current status: closed.
WA Youth Engagement Grants program for 2024 is currently closed.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for short-term, one-off activities or initiatives of up to six months’ duration, and Grants of up to $10,000 for longer term, community-wide, strategic initiatives (6-12 months).

Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future

Current status: closed.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be made available for one-off initiatives that align with the priority areas of Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality, which are: health and well-being, safety and justice, women's economic independence and women in leadership.

Find out more about Women's Grants for a Stronger Future.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Regional Grants program

Current status: closed.
The WEAAD Regional Grants Program is now closed.

The WEAAD Regional Grants Program provides grants of up to $3,000 for regional local governments and registered not for profits to hold WEAAD initiatives during the week of WEAAD to raise awareness of elder abuse. 

To find out more, visit the Department's Elder Abuse Strategy page

Youth Week WA

Current status: closed.
Youth Week WA 2024 Grants program applications are now closed.

Grants of up to $1,500 for individual events and up to $3,000 for collaborative community-wide events are available for eligible organisations to host an event during Youth Week 2024.