Community events

We love supporting events that bring the people of WA together to enhance social connections. From festivals to fairs and awareness days, we’d love to support you in bringing your vision to life and look forward to receiving your application.

What we can support

  • Lotterywest provides grants for events big and small which enhance social connection, reduce isolation, and increase the social fabric of our community
  • Events may include local activities aimed at bringing communities together and awareness days to promote an important cause as well as significant anniversaries, commemorative or cultural events and large-scale festivals of State-wide significance
  • We may support the following event costs - publicity and advertising, hire of venues or equipment, entertainment, administrative needs and relevant salaries and consumables where costs can’t be met by other sources and community benefit is evident
  • Support can also be provided to improve accessibility for events
  • For events in small country towns or remote locations, we may support the cost of travel and accommodation for entertainers
  • Where we are approached for support towards similar events, consideration will be given in taking a combined approach

We don’t support competitions, exhibitions or events of a commercial or religious nature.

What we’re looking for

  • The purpose of your event and how it will benefit the community
  • Community support for the event
  • Accessibility and affordability of the event
  • Clarity about who is being targeted; member-only events are not supported
  • Potential for the event to help build a stronger community
  • Suitable event facilities and resources
  • Sound event planning, management (including risk, permits and licenses), and evaluation
  • A sound budget and the inclusion of other income sources

We are also committed to achieving successful reconciliation outcomes. We encourage you to consider including an 'Acknowledgement of Country' and 'Welcome to Country' ceremony at your event.

What we need from you

  • A completed Lotterywest grant application. Given the time-sensitive nature of events, your application needs to be received at least three months before you need a decision from Lotterywest
  • Two written quotes for items over $3,000; a written estimate, advertised price, or one written quote for items under $3,000 (low value, miscellaneous items can be grouped together to $1,000)
  • An overview of the event program
  • A project budget (that details what Lotterywest support is requested for)
  • An event management plan including your risk management strategy, and evaluation plan (relative to the size and nature of the event)

We also need additional information about your organisation. Find out more in our getting started section.



For a comprehensive list of tools and resources to help with your application, 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 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 likely am I to be successful?

Lotterywest approves around 1,000 grant applications every year. Our intent is to support your idea if we can.

Check out our common grant types to find the one that fits best with your request and then please call us to discuss and get some guidance from our team members before you submit an application.

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.

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

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