Plan your initiative for impact

Since late 2018, the Community Investment Framework has guided our grant making investment. The Framework identifies five wellbeing areas and fourteen associated outcome statements. 

Our application process encourages you to think about whether your idea contributes towards achieving one (or multiple) of these outcomes. This involves asking questions which are informed by a ‘logic model’ methodology.

Using a Logic Model

A Logic Model sets out what a project will do, how it will do it and what it will achieve. It describes a roadmap of the steps that need to occur for a project to meet its desired outcomes.

We encourage you to think through:

  • The need or opportunity (situation);
  • What you want to achieve through your grant and how this connects to the Community Investment Framework (outcome);
  • What resources you need to do this (inputs);
  • How you will do this (activities and partnerships); and
  • The results you expect to see (outputs).

Click here to access the Logic Model template.

If you’re struggling to answer these questions try developing a Logic Model using our simple template, or give us a call and we’ll help you think through your idea before applying.

Enhance the impact of your project

Lotterywest seeks to promote an increasingly inclusive, accessible, healthy and sustainable community through measures such as acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians, environmental sustainability, health promotion and promoting access and inclusion for all Western Australians.

A Good Practice Guide is available to support all grant customers when planning initiatives (including events, programs and projects) to broaden impact beyond outcomes directly related to the grant.

Please read the Guide and consider how you can implement practices related to these issues in your planning.

You will be asked to report on what has been achieved on these issues as part of our broader reporting requirements.

Evaluate the impact of your grant

Once you are clear on what you want to achieve with your grant, you can think about what success would look like and how you might measure it. This can include qualitative and/or quantitative data:

  • Qualitative: evidence based on written or spoken information E.g. Providing stories or photos about what the grant achieved
  • Quantitative: evidence based on numbers or calculations E.g. conducting surveys with the community to capture their experience or what has changed (before and after the event or project)

Identifying what information you will collect, and how, at the beginning of your project will help you to complete your final grant acquittal using the Grant Management Tool. To help prepare for using the Grant Management Tool, you can preview the questions here.

Sometimes we will be able to help pay for the evaluation costs of significant, multi-year or complex grants. Talk to us during the development of your grant application if you think you need help with paying for an evaluation of your initiative.