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GSDC Monthly Grants Highlights

Great Southern Development Commission is proud to partner with GrantGuru to provide you this free service to search all grant opportunities. See a selection of grants from GrantGuru, below.

May 20, 2024 | Read Time : 7 minutes

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A few picks from GrantGuru:

Screenwest – Regional Screen Fund – Closing:  30 June 2024

This program aims to attract screen projects to undertake production in regional Western Australia. It was established for the purpose of generating regional outcomes through developing and supporting regionally based businesses, services, and talent.

The fund offers production funding up to a maximum of $2 million, based on a 2:1 ratio of Qualifying Western Australian Regional Expenditure.

Applications must be made at least three months prior to production.


Culture and the Arts (WA) – Connecting to CountryOpening on 3 September 2024

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities include those that enable Aboriginal people across Western Australia to renew links between their country, culture and communities. These may include (but are not limited to):

  • Cultural maintenance activities such as travel to culturally significant places to connect with traditional and contemporary knowledge.
  • Intergenerational activities to improve understanding of Country, ancestry and kinship connections such as heading out bush to facilitate the transfer of cultural knowledge, practices, beliefs, values and/or skills from older to younger generations.
  • Youth projects focused on reconnecting the people to Country, culture and identity, such as diversionary focused projects.
  • Activities that promote positive community resilience, wellbeing and mental health such as community led cultural healing projects.
  • Opportunities to engage with language and stories about significant places.
  • Projects that focus on women’s or men’s business.

Who Can Apply:

Eligible applicants include Western Australian based:

  • Aboriginal individuals.
  • Aboriginal groups including youth, community, men’s and women’s groups.
  • Aboriginal-led organisations including art, community, cultural, language, media, health, or ranger organisations.
  • Organisations that work with Aboriginal people in community, including local government authorities and organisations that deliver targeted services to Aboriginal people or communities; if their applications demonstrate:
    1. Strong Aboriginal governance, leadership and self-determination.
    2. Evidence of significant Aboriginal community involvement in the project including consultation, planning, decision-making and project management


Drought Angels – Open on an ongoing basis


This program aims to provide direct and timely financial assistance, essential resources and meaningful relief for primary producers across Australia impacted by drought and natural disasters.

Eligible applicants include registered primary producers across Australia.


Call for Submissions from Community Housing Providers (CFS-CHP) – Regional Grants RoundClosing Date – 16-Sep-24


This program aims to help increase the supply and diversity of new and refurbished social housing including the Great Southern region.

Eligible costs include:

  • New build: Capital cost of new dwelling construction.
  • Refurbishments: Major refurbishment works on existing dwellings.

Up to 3.5% of the grant funding can be used for the procurement of external professional consultancy services, such as project management.

Respondents with projects that meet the following parameters are encouraged to lodge submissions as per the requirements for the CFS process:

A total funding pool of $50 million is available.

Registered community housing providers must first contact Communities to discuss and define projects to determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements of the Regional Grants Round, prior to lodging a submission for this funding.


Invest and Trade WA – Event Support ProgramOpen on an ongoing basis


This program aims to provide funding for events that support the promotion of trade and investment prospects for Western Australia and create a diverse calendar of events and overseas to promote WA as a destination of choice for business. It also supports strengthening the connections between local and international markets contributing to WA’s strong economy.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:

  • Industry and market: Alignment to one or more of the Diversify WA priority sectors within international market/s of strategic importance. Ability to generate new trade and investment opportunities for the State.
  • Economic impact: Ability to generate economic activity in WA.
  • Prestige and profile: Size and profile of the event, level of attendance and calibre of speakers.
  • Marketing and media: Level of marketing and media generated as a result of the event.
  • Event budget: Evidence of a stable event budget with a mix of revenue streams to support the proposed event activity.
  • Operational: Ability of the event holder, or appointed management company, to appropriately deliver and manage the proposed event.


Workforce Australia Program – Self-Employment Assistance – Open on an ongoing basis.

This program aims to provide support that can help turn business idea or existing small business into a viable business. It allows participants to choose the level of support that meet their needs and the needs of their small business.

This program can help participants with their business idea or existing business through its flexible services including:

  • Exploring self-employment workshops
  • Business plan development
  • Free accredited small business training
  • Business advice sessions
  • Business health checks
  • Small business coaching

Participants may also be eligible for financial support while they start and run their business as part of Small Business Coaching. Small Business Coaching provides 12 months of personalised mentoring and support to help participants start and run their small business. If eligible, applicants may be able to access:

  • Up to $300 worth of small business start-up costs, such as business insurance.
  • An allowance for up to 39 weeks and rental assistance for up to 26 weeks.


Australian Communities Foundation Grants Program

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

There are no set minimum and maximum funding limits. The average grant awarded is between $2,000 and $15,000.

Eligible activities must be those in line with the organization’s charitable purpose, and focus areas include:

  • Arts and culture
  • Civic engagement and leadership
  • Community and economic development
  • Education and training
  • Employment pathways
  • Environment conservation and climate change
  • Health/wellbeing and medical research
  • Indigenous communities
  • Individual/family services and support
  • International aid and development
  • Social inclusion and justice (human rights)


Jobs Ready Program

This Program is open on an ongoing basis

By combining targeted short course (skill set) training with a work placement component of up to one week, participants are ‘job ready’ to enter the workforce and transition into an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Job Ready programs that are currently available include the following:

1. Early Childhood Education and Care Job Ready Program

2. Driller’s Offsider Job Ready Program

3. Future Chef Job Ready Program

4. Ageing and Disability Job Ready Program

5. Bricklaying Job Ready

6. Infrastructure (Civil Construction) Ready program

Employers may be eligible to access financial incentives and support. Please refer to the website for information on financial assistance available to employers under each job ready program.

Eligible applicants include business employers across Western Australia who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee.


Sport and Recreation (WA) – Active Regional Communities Grants

This program is open on an ongoing basis.

This program aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia and is tailored to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of the state.

There are three funding categories available:

  • Capacity building: Initiatives that improve the knowledge, skills and capabilities of people involved in a sport or active recreation organisation and build local capacity in regional locations.
  • Event hosting: Hosting a significant inter-regional or higher-level competition as recognised by the State Sporting Association (SSA) in regional Western Australia.
  • Participation: Initiatives that increase community and player participation with a focus on targeting new members.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available.

Eligible activities include:

  • Running of programs (payment of staff and coaches will not be considered when program activities fall within their normal duties)
  • Coaching clinics
  • Volunteer training
  • Project or program administration (no more than 10% of total funding)
  • Coaching accreditation courses
  • Referee or umpire accreditation courses
  • Equipment (integral to the project or program and must remain the property of the organisation, funded to a maximum of up to 30%)
  • Event hosting – hire of additional equipment integral to event (e.g. portable ablutions or floodlighting)


Construction Training Fund – Employer Grants Program

Open on an ongoing basis

This program aims to provide financial support to Western Australian construction employers when hiring an apprentice. It is a compensation for the required on-the-job training and mentorship, which is an investment on behalf of the employer.

Grants of up to $26,000 are available.

Grants are usually paid to employers in instalments based on these milestones:

  • When the apprentice/trainee has successfully completed six months of continuous, full-time employment (including probation) with a single employer.
  • Half-way through the training contract.
  • When the contract has been successfully completed