Emergency and Crisis Relief


Applications are open now, the application form can be found here.

It is essential that you read the detailed eligibility and application information below before commencing your application.

What support is available?

A total of $20 million is available for Western Australian not-for-profit community organisations and local government authorities in order to support people:

  • Currently experiencing hardship that are at risk of becoming entrenched in disadvantage due to the crisis;
  • Newly experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19; and
  • Most at risk of serious infection (immune compromised; older people, diagnosed chronic medical conditions; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).

For the purpose of the Crisis and Emergency Relief grants, hardship refers to the inability of an individual to access or purchase essential goods and services.

The fund will help meet costs related to:

  • Increase in demand for emergency or crisis relief services such as food, clothing, homeless support, transport and other critical needs emerging as a result of the crisis;
  • Working differently in the current climate, (e.g. leasing a vehicle to meet increased demand); and
  • Supporting collaboration to address the increased crisis demand (e.g. working with other partners including government and the private sector). 

Application Process

Western Australian not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities can apply for grant support. All eligible organisations must clearly identify their charitable activities in their constituent documents.

Individuals and for-profit organisations are not eligible to apply.

If you believe you may be eligible for a grant, consider putting at application in through our online form.

If you wish to extend or change an existing grant with Lotterywest to deliver emergency relief services or request additional funding, please contact Lotterywest to discuss a streamlined process for submitting your request.

Developing Your Application

You will need to outline how your organisation plans to address the criteria above, why your organisation is well placed to deliver these activities or services and what other avenues you have explored to fund your programs. You will also need to explain how this grant will help support people experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

What information and attachments should I start to prepare? 

The following information will need to be included in your application:

  • Organisation details (legal name, entity type, details of public liability insurance, GST registration if applicable, ABN if applicable)
  • Bank details (BSB, account number, banking institution etc.)
  • Organisation address (and postal address)
  • Details of Legal Signatory
  • Details of delegated signing authority (if applicable)
  • Details of organisation capacity (paid staff, volunteers, beneficiaries
  • Details of two referees

The following attachments will need to be included in your application: 

  • Recent bank statement for main operating account
  • Constituent document(s)
  • Recent annual financial statements
  • Annual report or AGM minutes
  • List of current Directors/Board/Management Committee Members
  • Any additional documents that you may wish to include to support your application (e.g. detailed budgets, quotes, project plans).

Assessment and Approval

We will assess each application on whether it meets the fund objectives and significant community needs.

The Lotterywest Board reviews all grant recommendations. A final recommendation is then presented to the Minister for Lotterywest for approval.

Lotterywest will endeavour to process applications more quickly than its usual timeframes, however please note that assessment will likely take a month or more.

More information

For more information, please visit the FAQs here.