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Applying for a grant

Check out our common grant types to find the one that fits best with your request, then please call us to discuss prior to submitting an application.

Each grant type contains information about what you need to provide and a link to an application form.

If our grant types don’t appear relevant to your request, please call us. We encourage new ideas and are here to talk with you about your grant idea.

Grants process

Applications for a Lotterywest grant can be made throughout the year. Generally it takes 3 months for applications submitted with all required information to go through the Lotterywest assessment and approval process. The process can take longer for applications which require additional information or further development from what’s been submitted. Please factor in the time needed for assessment and a decision when planning 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 a decision.

Grants process

It generally takes 3 months for applications submitted with all required information to go through the assessment and approval process.

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Your application

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Application approval

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
  • Not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities can apply for Lotterywest grants. Not-for-profit organisations can range from small unincorporated groups to large multi-functional organisations.
  • Individuals, profit-making organisations and Government organisations are not eligible to apply.
What can we support?

Lotterywest grants can support charitable or benevolent purposes. We will work with you to try and support your initiative or explore if there are other initiatives we can support your organisation with.

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 three 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. 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.

How are applications assessed?

Your application will be assessed by a member of our team who then makes a recommendation to the Lotterywest Board. Our Board reviews all grant recommendations. A final recommendation is then presented to the Minister for Lotterywest for approval.

A typical grant process looks like this:

  1. Seek information via website
  2. Talk with us about your proposal
  3. Gather your requirements and necessary documentation
  4. Develop and submit your application
  5. Assessment, including referee checks and any follow up conversation with you
  6. Our internal review and recommendation to the Board
  7. Board meeting and review
  8. Recommendation to the Minister for Lotterywest
  9. Application decision and advice
  10. Grant payment and acquittal
  11. Sharing your good news
Can I submit a joint application with another organisation?

Of course! However, one of the organisations will need to be responsible for each application and be the applicant.

Can I apply for another grant, if I haven't acquitted the last grant yet?

Short answer: yes! We will need to consider what stage your previous grant is at, and why it hasn't been acquitted. Any decision on a new grant request will take this information into consideration.

Can Lotterywest help me prepare my grant application?

We can’t prepare an application for you, however a member of our team will be happy to talk about your proposal and provide information to help you develop the application. It is important that you call us to discuss your idea or project and any questions about applying before you apply.

Can I acknowledge Lotterywest support?

Yes, we would appreciate publicity of your grant, although the potential for this in no way influences our assessment. Most organisations are happy to acknowledge the support Lotterywest has provided and we know that this can also be of benefit to your organisation. Your grant approval letter will detail whether or not we have asked you to acknowledge our support.