Community & workplace buildings

Community and workplace building grants can help develop spaces where people can come together to share interests, seek support, or carry out work for community organisations. It is important that you call us to discuss your idea for a building grant, find out what's needed to explore the feasibility of potential options and to apply. We will also look to connect you to other building initiatives where appropriate.

What we can support

  • Purchase of a building or, construction, fit-out and/or renovations to a building. This can be to house organisations delivering services to the community or providing community meeting places or to co-locate multiple community service organisations
  • We will consider supporting long term leasing costs where this will more effectively meet accommodation needs for a community service or multiple services

We don’t support the ongoing operation or core maintenance of projects, or buildings under a government contracted or purchased service.
  

What we’re looking for

  • Details of the accommodation need/s and the options explored to most effectively meet the need to deliver your service to the community
  • Exploration of opportunities for shared accommodation with other organisations
  • The feasibility of the proposed accommodation solution to support your organisation’s or community’s current and future work
  • Safe, secure and affordable buildings that are open to the whole community and are accessible and usable for people with disabilities
  • Community and stakeholder support including any foreseeable increases in community involvement through events/programs held in the space
  • Details of other building users or uses
  • Details of who owns the building – if it won’t be your organisation please explain what arrangements are in place and provide any supporting documentation
  • Ability of your organisation to manage and maintain the building
  • Long term viability of the building and your organisation
  • Contributions from relevant sources
  • Details of what will happen if the building grant request is not supported by Lotterywest
  • Planning and building approvals and compliance to relevant codes, standards and legislation Consideration of heritage and environmental factors

If you need support with feasibility explorations or planning please check out our organisational development grants or get in touch.
 

What we need from you

  • A completed Lotterywest grant application form
  • Your latest Annual Report if you have one, or AGM minutes if you don’t and the most recent audited financial statements
  • A copy of your Constitution or equivalent document (not required for Local Government Authorities)
  • Two written quotes (or one quantity survey/Architect's estimation)
  • A feasibility study and business case for the proposed building option and details of other options explored
  • Approval from the land and/or building owners and relevant building approvals
  • A community usage policy (outlining how community use will be managed), if applicable
  • A project management plan (including risk management)
  • A formal valuation of the property by a licensed valuer and a building report (outlining the condition of the building), if applicable
  • Certificate of title, if applicable
  • A memorandum of understanding for shared accommodation (outlining the arrangements for co-location), if applicable
  • A minimum three-year management and operational plan including a budget (for requests more than $100,000) 

 
Resources

For a comprehensive list of tools and resources to guide you through the application process, visit the how to apply page.

 

Approved grants list

Use the table below to view Lotterywest grants approved in the last year, and find out more about what’s being supported in your community.

Click the column headers to filter results, or type a keyword into the search box to find specific results.

REQ. NO. REQ COMMISS HEAR DATE Date Recipient Subprogram Desc Purpose AGENDA SUM PUBLICATION Amount Suburb Postcode Region Name Location LGA Name

Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I ask for?

We accept applications from $1,000 upwards. Please don't under or over estimate your request. Apply for the amount that will serve the need properly.

  • There are limits for unincorporated groups and organisations not GST registered. The limit is a combined total of up to $15,000 for each financial year.
How long is the process?

If your application is complete when you submit it to us  it will generally take four months to progress to the Lotterywest Board for consideration. If your request is more complex, or there are aspects of your application that are outstanding or need development, it can take longer. The process from application to approval can take less than four months for simple requests where all the supporting information is provided with the application. Please factor in these timeframes for funding your event or project. We will let you know as soon as possible if your application is not eligible for Lotterywest support, not ready to progress or hasn’t provided enough time for us to assess it before you need an outcome.

Are there any grant conditions?

All organisations are required to agree to the Lotterywest General Conditions of Grant.

If you are applying for a community spaces or community and workplace buildings grant, a Lotterywest building grant agreement may apply.

If you are applying for a projectresearch or big ideas grant a Lotterywest project grant agreement may apply.

Please note: The clauses listed in these documents are provided as a guide. Further conditions may apply to your grant and these would be communicated in your grant approval advice letter if a grant is approved.

Should I engage a consultant?

Whether you are developing a strategic, business or marketing plan, conducting a training review, planning your information and communications technology needs or designing a community facility - engaging a consultant may help in the following circumstances:

  • If you need expert advice
  • When you don't have enough people to do the work
  • If attempts to do something internally haven't worked
  • To help move past internal differences of opinion
  • When you need a fresh view
  • To challenge your organisation’s culture and assumptions

Choose a consultant who is recommended by others and has a proven track record in providing relevant, high quality advice. They should also have the ability to offer fresh ideas and someone who understands your organisation, its work and values so that they may add value by sharing and building skills with your staff.

We can help with the cost of engaging a consultant, for details please refer to our organisational development grants. You may also want to explore options for pro bono (free) or discounted consultancy support.

We’ve developed a Directory of Consultants to help you look for consultancy support to suit your project. The Lotterywest Directory of Consultants provides details of consultants, together with referees, who’ve provided services to other community organisations and/or local government authorities in a range of areas.

The inclusion of a consultant in the Directory is not an endorsement of their work by Lotterywest. It is up to you to do your own research to decide whether a consultant is suitable for your project. You do not need to use the services of one of these consultants for your project to be supported. We welcome your feedback to help us keep the Directory current and useful.

Other helpful tips:

  • Don’t hire a consultant to justify a decision that has already been made
  • Make sure everyone in your organisation understands what the consultant is doing and what will be provided
  • Provide a clear written brief to the consultant before engaging them outlining what you want done and why
  • Make sure you agree what you want the consultant to deliver, together with a defined timeframe
  • Check the contract before you sign and engage the consultant
  • Be prepared to modify the contract if circumstances change
  • Use the contract as a reference point to make sure you receive what you have agreed before making a final payment

Common Use Agreements (CUAs) are whole-of-government standing offers. They are awarded to a single or panel of suppliers to provide goods or services commonly used by government agencies. Western Australian public authorities, other government entities, local government authorities and registered Public Benevolent Institutions can buy from CUA suppliers. Your organisation may be in a position to benefit from CUA arrangements. Find out more at Contracts WA.

The Connecting Up Suppliers Directory connects Not-For-Profit organisations with IT providers. Visit Connecting Up for more information.

How do I effectively manage my assets?

Asset management can help organisations effectively manage items such as equipment, vehicles and buildings, ensuring they are used and maintained correctly. The managing assets resource kit is full of ideas and tips for successfully managing assets, including:

  • Basic questions to ask
  • Managing asset registers
  • Managing vehicles
  • Managing buildings and facilities
  • Managing insurance

There are many ways to manage assets and we are not the experts. Whilst this resource may help you to get started, please use whatever approach works for your organisation.

If you are applying for a grant towards the purchase or creation of an asset, you may need to show how you will manage this asset. Even if this isn’t needed for a grant request, deciding how you will manage your asset is important. We can also help you with the cost of organisational development activities such as asset management training. For further details please refer to our organisational Development grants.

What other funding or finance sources may be available?
  • Other support may come from a range of sources including government, agencies, philanthropists, corporates, local governments, crowd funding, financing arrangements and your own fundraising activities with individuals and the community.
  • The Department of Local Government has developed an online grants directory to help communities and local governments in regional and metropolitan Western Australia in locating sources of financial assistance for their projects and initiatives.
  • It may be appropriate to seek a loan or leasing arrangement to help meet some of the costs of your project. Banks and other financial institutions will often support not-for-profit organisations with financing solutions for capital items such as buildings, information technology or vehicles. You may want to talk to your own bank first to discuss what financing options might be available to your organisation and then see what other options may exist from other providers.