Building Community

Expressions of interest and applications are now closed for the Building Community grant program.

There has been strong interest in the COVID-19 Relief Fund and we have received a high number of applications. We thank you for your patience if you are waiting to hear about the outcome of your application

We are preparing for next financial year

From July 2021, Lotterywest will return to grant making under its Community Investment Framework. The Framework sets out five key priority areas and desired outcomes to benefit the WA community.

We will be looking to support eligible organisations that demonstrate how their grant contributes towards achieving one, or multiple outcomes in their community.

Please register here to stay up to date with information about our grant making for 2021-22 as it evolves.

We’re proud to support community to come together and connect

    The objective of this grant program is to support the longer term recovery of Western Australia and to create opportunities for the whole community to come together as a means of enhancing community connection, strengthening social capital and encouraging community to repair, rebuild and recover itself from the pandemic.

    This has included a focus on community connection, arts and culture, aboriginal communities and environment. Within these streams, proposals which target young people (15-24), people with disability and aboriginal people are prioritised.

    Grant applications must seek to achieve one or more of the outcomes outlined below.

    1. Community is connected through local initiatives that strengthen wellbeing, promote participation and/or volunteering, and encourage re-connection after a period of distancing and isolation.
    2. Marginalised, minority and disadvantaged groups at risk of experiencing prolonged impacts of social isolation and discrimination are actively included in community.
    3. Aboriginal people retain and strengthen connection to Country, identity, and culture.

    Great projects are happening across WA

    Here’s some recent examples of grants under the Building Community program:

    Town of Port Hedland - Towards a community activity space and garden to support community cohesion in South Hedland

    By developing “The Commons” in South Hedland, a grant of $371,079 will help create a welcoming new outdoor area and native garden space adjacent to the Spinifex Art Studios. The Commons will be accessible for a wide range of inclusive community events and activities to help rebuild the community after a period of isolation.

    Red Nose Limited - Towards a community engagement project to support and connect bereaved parents who have lost an infant or child.

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, bereaved parents have experienced increased anxiety and stress resulting in additional 25 percent demand for Red Nose’s child bereavement support services. A grant of $48,398 will help provide peer support, counselling services, community wellbeing events and build the volunteer network for the future sustainability of the program.

    Perth City Farm - Towards a Community Builder Outreach and volunteer re-engagement program to promote participation, volunteering and inclusion.

    Perth City Farm was significantly impacted by COVID-19 closures, resulting in reduced opportunities for volunteer engagement and community connection.  This grant of $158,748 will help rebuild an inclusive community and encourage 13,500 people to be actively connected through land care and permaculture education.

    Building Community - Who can be supported?

    Not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities.

    Building Community - What can be supported?

    To be eligible for Lotterywest support a grant request must be:

    • for charitable or benevolent purposes with outcomes that align with one of our COVID-19 Relief Fund streams. 
    • directly related to your organisation’s purpose. Quick tip: You can check the ‘objects’ or ‘purpose’ in your organisation’s constitution or rules
    • taking place in WA, or be of direct benefit to the WA community

    The following can be supported through this program:

    Initiatives which are aligned to delivering the desired outcomes for priority groups (i.e. activities that benefit young people, people with a disability and/or Aboriginal communities) and which:

    • support community recovery and resilience;
    • strengthen community wellbeing, mitigate the long-term impacts of the pandemic and support recovery, and/or provide support to those experiencing hardship; and/or
    • provide increased opportunities to participate in community activities through volunteering.
    Building Community - What won't be supported?
    • On-going operational costs
    • Projects which don’t align directly with program outcomes
    • Ongoing initiatives or programs
    • Initiatives fully funded by others or which are the core responsibilities of other government departments
    • Contingency costs

    For more general information about what Lotterywest can and can't support, please visit the What can be supported page.

    Building Community - What are some example projects that might be funded?

    This program could involve things such as:

    • A project that builds community connection by bringing people together as youth volunteers through caring for the environment.
    • A local arts-based community development program that connects people experiencing the impacts of social isolation through arts and culture.
    • A local event for people with disability which strengthen community connections and improves wellbeing.
    • Support for programs enabling Aboriginal communities to strengthen the sharing of stories and cultural practices.
    Building Community - Who are our priority groups?
    • Young people (15-24);
    • People with disability; and
    • Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal people.

    Other target groups will be considered based on the merit of the proposal. 

    Building Community - What are expected outcomes for this grant program?
    • Community is connected through local initiatives that strengthen community wellbeing, promote participation and/or volunteering, and encourage reconnection after a period of distancing and isolation
    • Marginalised, minority and disadvantaged groups at risk of experiencing prolonged impacts of social isolation and discrimination are actively included in community
    • Aboriginal people retain and strengthen connection to Country, identity and culture
    Building Community - How much can I apply for and how do I apply?

    Applications for this grant program have now closed.

    From July 2021, Lotterywest will return to grant making under its Community Investment Framework.  The Framework sets out five key priority areas and desired outcomes to benefit the WA community.

    We will be looking to support eligible organisations that demonstrate how their grant contributes towards achieving one, or multiple of these outcomes in their community.

    Please register here to stay up to date with information about our grant making for 2021-22 as it evolves.

    Building Community - What are the indicators of change for this grant program?
    • Reduced isolation/loneliness
    • Increased sense of community connection and belonging
    • Increased volunteerism
    • Reduced discrimination (or avoided increases)
    Building Community - What are the assessment criteria for this grant stream?

    Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria. Upon invitation please consider the below for your application.

    1. Community connection – proposals should clearly identify the situation in your community, linked to COVID-19 and/or the state’s recovery efforts; the specific community needs, opportunities and/or challenges your proposal will address. The proposal should show how it addresses the situation of one or more of the priority groups (youth, people with disability, aboriginal communities and people) or explain why a different group has been identified.
    2. Good planning including risk considerations - proposals should demonstrate that the method of delivering the proposal has been carefully considered and is the most appropriate in the context of COVID-19. We're looking for proposals that are COVID-19 aware and/or align with the state’s recovery efforts, with a realistic timeframe, broad community reach and have been developed with an appropriate level of consultation and permissions.
    3. Value for money – proposals should include a clear, realistic budget with accurate costs. Collaboration in delivery and/or funding of the project is encouraged.
    4. Organisational capacity - applicants need to demonstrate that your organisation has the skills, experience, governance arrangements, relationships and capacity to successfully deliver the proposal in an inclusive way.
    5. Outcomes - proposals should outline how they plan to meet one or multiple outcomes of the Building Community grant program and how this can be measured. The proposed outcomes of your proposal should be realistic and achievable with clear direct benefits for the WA community.
    Building Community - Once I have submitted my EOI and been invited to complete a full application, will my grant proposal receive funding?

    Applications for this grant program have now closed.

    All completed applications will be assessed against the criteria above, with recommendations progressed to the Lotterywest board and then to the Minister responsible for Lotterywest for approval.