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.
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.
Which form do I fill out to apply for a grant?
For full functionality and visibility of our forms and application buttons, you will need to use the latest version of Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Grant application forms expire 6 months after being downloaded from our website. If your form has expired, please call us for advice on how to progress your application. Grant application forms cannot be downloaded from mobile devices.
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 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 plan well to meet my objectives?
Planning can help organisations mitigate risk and take advantage of arising opportunities. Whether developing a computer system, event, or project, planning will help to identify issues so you can mitigate risk and take advantage of opportunities that arise. The Planning Resource Kit contains tips to help with strategic, business and project planning. It also offers suggestions about planning approaches, such as what is involved in undertaking a needs analysis or a feasibility study. There are ideas for your consideration on each of the following topics:
- Needs analysis
- Feasibility studies
- Strategic plans
- Business plans
- Project plans
- Planning summary
Ultimately good planning provides an integrated and unified way to deliver your business objectives. It’s important to document strategies you’re planning to use to help achieve your outcomes. You’ll also need to identify an ongoing method to evaluate and monitor your progress. To keep your eye on the ‘big picture’, an effective way of reporting is essential. Reporting will allow you to review your progress and ensure a considered approach to decision making.
Many organisations will already have sound planning processes in place and won’t need this resource. It is offered as a tool to help those getting started. There are many models and approaches to planning and we don’t assume to know what is best for your organisation. Please use whatever approach works for your organisation.
When considering a request for a grant e.g. towards a complex project, we need to be confident that it has been planned appropriately. While you may not be required to submit your organisational or strategic plan to receive a grant, the planning processes of defining and responding to problems, consultation and analysis are intrinsically valuable to your organisation.