Community Recovery Grants Program available for those in need from WA

Community Recovery Grants Program

The Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries in Western Australia is getting behind the Community Recovery Grants Program.

The grant has been made available to assist communities affected by the events associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie in late 2022.

Funding will go towards rebuilding local groups and community organisations so that they can deliver activities and events to support general social and emotional wellbeing, with access to resources a key pillar of building resilience.

This grant program is part of the Community Social Recovery Program – jointly funded through the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

The program offers three initiative grant types:

  1. Small Community Initiative Grants for projects ranging from $2500 to $20,000
  2. Large Community Initiative Grants for projects ranging from $20,001 to $100,000.
  3. Additionally, there is an opportunity for claims up to $75,000 for clean-up and repair expenses.

This covers the following four Local Government areas:

  • Shire of Broome
  • Shire of Derby-West Kimberley
  • Shire of Halls Creek
  • Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley

Eligibility to apply will depend on which of the above streams is chosen depending on the organisation.

Organisations who can apply for the Small and Large Community Recovery Grants are:

  • Not-for-profit organisations incorporated either under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) or Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Indigenous organisations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth).
  • Exceptional consideration may also be given for an organisation or agency to auspice an application on behalf of a community group, noting that some community groups may not have capacity to apply for or administer funds.

Organisations who can apply for the Clean-up Recovery Grant are:

  • Not-for-profit organisations incorporated either under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) or Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Indigenous organisations registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (Cth) that:
    • relies on grant funding or donations for the majority of income
    • has an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and that ABN was active prior to and during the disaster
    • suffered direct damage as a result of flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie to the organisation’s premise and/or plant and equipment and the cost of repair or replacement are the applicant’s responsibility
    • was conducting operations and/or services (at least sometime on a regular basis) in the disaster area prior to and at the time of the event
    • has, or intends to, re-establish operations/services in the disaster area.

With the Community Recovery Grants remaining open for applications until April 30, 2025 – there is still plenty of time to submit an application.

For full details, you can find them here.

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NSW Government Community Building Partnership 2023 round open now

NSW Government Community Building Partnership 2023

The NSW Government is investing in infrastructure projects that improve social, environmental and recreation outcomes, providing the community with participation and inclusion opportunities. With $27.9 million on offer, and a maximum of $300,000 per electorate, the NSW Government looks to improve opportunities for all NSW residents, both in metropolitan and regional areas.

The Community Building Partnership (CBP) program differs to what has been previously offered – click here to view the changes.

What’s new in the CBP 2023 round:

  • Projects over $30,000 must have quotes to verify project spending, this is also preferred for all projects under $30,000 but not necessary. Quotes must be of relevant time and location.
  • You must provide a detailed and itemised project budget for the full requested amount
  • Variations or changes to the project will only be approved in limited circumstances. Please ensure that your project can be delivered in scope and on time.

To be eligible for this program, you must fit one of the following criteria:

  • NSW association or non-distributing co-operatives registered with NSW Fair Trading
  • Local Aboriginal Land Councils or Indigenous corporations registered with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
  • NSW local councils and their section 355 committees operating under the Local Government Act 1993. Local councils and their section 355 committees are required to provide matched funding to the CBP grant amount awarded
  • not-for-profit entities incorporated under an Act of Parliament
  • trusts that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
  • public companies limited by guarantee.

The application must be submitted through SmartGrants, and under the organisations legal name and ABN (if applicable)

Examples of eligible organisations include:

  • Community group incorporated as a NSW Association – e.g. sporting body, multicultural group, community shed
  • Community group registered as a NSW Co-operative – e.g. country club, childcare co-op, golf club
  • Parents and Citizens Association (P&C Association) incorporated with the Federation of P&C Associations of NSW under the Parents & Citizens Association Act of 1976 No 50
  • Aboriginal organisation registered by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) – e.g. preschool, health and welfare corporation
  • Public companies limited by guarantee

Organisations cannot apply on behalf of other organisations; these applications will be denied. Individuals and groups of individuals also are ineligible, as well as any for-profit organisations.

CBP will consider funding requests between $5,000 and $150,000 for projects in NSW. Please note that all relevant documentation for each application must be included, and any further documentation is recommended to expedite the application process. The following are some examples of projects that funding can be applied for:

  • Construction of new community infrastructure, or refurbishment, repair, and maintenance of existing infrastructure, this includes resurfacing sports courts, installation of shade structures, restoring buildings, accessibility equipment and public announcement systems
  • Purchase of vehicles or modification to existing vehicles
  • Projects that can be completed prior to 31 August 2025
  • Projects must only have one project location per application
  • If applications are to be made for both infrastructure and vehicles, these must be done separately with appropriate documentation.

Some of the following are examples of projects that can not be considered for the CBP:

  • Projects outside of NSW
  • Projects commencing prior to October 27, 2023
  • Projects that look to buy land, run workshops, cover operating costs.
  • Projects that already utilise other grant programs
  • Projects over $30,001 without appropriate documentation
  • Any application submitted after the deadline (27th October 2023).
  • Any application without a detailed and itemised budget

Whilst there is a lot to consider whether this program is suitable to your organisation, the information above should give a basic outline as to whether there are any upcoming projects for your organisation which could benefit from this scheme.

Applications are open now, and close on the October 27 2023 at 5pm AEST. Click here for more info.

Victorian Government supports Indigenous sportspeople with Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program

Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Victorian State Government’s Aboriginal Sport Participation Grant Program.

The program aims to get greater Indigenous participation in sport. It recognises that funding is a huge barrier to participation and thus it seeks to engage with key community stake holders such as local sporting clubs and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to get more Indigenous participation in sport.

This program recognises that sport is vital in bringing communities, families, and individual together. The government hopes that through Indigenous people accessing the grant and subsequently participating in sport there will be positive results for all community stakeholders as sport facilities social-cohesion, connectedness, and well-being.

Grants are being issued under three categories:

Category 1: Aboriginal sporting carnivals

Grants issued under Category 1 may be up to $2,500 per junior team and $1,500 per senior team. The grant may be used my grantees to fund travel and accommodation when their team participates in state-wide or national carnivals.

To be eligible all individuals in the team must identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. For this current round of grants the team must also be participating in the tournament or carnival between September 2023 and February 2024. The teams must also reside in the state of Victoria.

Category 2: Uniforms or Equipment

Grants issued under Category 2 may be up to $1,000 per team, club, or association and for individuals up to $250 for the purchasing or uniforms and/or equipment.

To be eligible all individuals in the team must identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. For this round of grants uniforms must be purchased between September 2023 and February 2024. Once again, all teams must reside in Victoria.

Category 3: Athlete Participation Support

This category of grants may be up to $750 and can be issued to both athletes and coaches to assist with travel and accommodation costs needed to compete or train in regional, state, and national competitions or representative teams.


To be eligible all athletes or coaches must identify as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. The participants must reside in Victoria and have been invited or are planning to compete in a regional, state, or national sporting competition or be a member of a representative team. A participant must not have previously received an individual grant under this category in the previous funding round.

To apply for categories 1 & 2 applications must be submitted by October 20, 2023. For category 3 applications they will remain open until the funding allocation is exhausted. Applications for a second round of funding next year will be due by 2 April 2024.

To submit an application prospective applicants have been asked to first check their eligibility which may be done online or by contacting the Aboriginal Programs team at Applications for those eligible may be submitted via the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR) Grant Portal.

The outcome for round 1 applications will be issued in December 2023 and for those applying for category 3 grants they will be notified within 4 weeks of submission.

This grant program is a great opportunity and is not to be missed for those eligible. It is great to see the Victorian government committing to supporting Indigenous sport and hopefully though these grants we will more Indigenous sportspeople both on the Victorian and national stage.

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