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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.

Feb 20, 2024 | Read Time : 7 minutes

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A few picks from GrantGuru:

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

Closes 29 March 2024

The program aims to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation. It will also maintain or increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

There are two categories available:

Small grants – Grants between $2,500 and $200,000 are available. Eligible activities include:

  • Cricket pitch and practice wickets
  • Storage upgrades
  • Change rooms refurbishments
  • Safety fences for sport and recreation facilities (i.e. ballistic sports)
  • Court surface conversion (grass syntetic)
  • Large scale dams, water collection systems and pipelines for distribution (maximum grant offered is $60,000)
  • Various planning studies to a maximum grant amount of $25,000

Forward planning grants – Grants between $166,667 and $2.5 million are available. Eligible activities include:

  • Multipurpose leisure/recreation centre
  • Swimming pool – new or major upgrade including heating to allow increased use
  • Construction of large synthetic fields
  • Playing field construction
  • Clubroom – new or major upgrade
  • Large ablution block/change rooms


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.


New Industries Fund – Innovation Booster Grant (IBG)

Closes 4 April 2024

This program seeks to assist startups and small businesses to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.

The program is designed to assist founders/teams in:

  • Developing or enhancing products or services that are commercially ready, or to reach a commercial ready stage.
  • Building a minimum viable product (MVP), one that could then be tested with trial or paying customers.
  • Developing prototypes, processes or systems that might attract additional investment and/or customers.
  • Buying-in specialist consultancy services to assist with IP, marketing or commercialisation support.
  • Addressing a specific technical problem that the business cannot solve themselves, or for which the solution is not readily available.

Funding of up to $40,000 per application is available.

Applicants are required to provide a net cash co-contribution of at least 20:80 applicant to WA government funding.

  • Have not previously received or likely to receive Western Australian State government funding for the same project/initiative.
  • Have not previously received an Innovation Booster Grant (previously called Innovation Vouchers Program) for the same project/initiative.


Energy Efficiency Grants for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Closes 8 April 2024

This program aims to provide funding to eligible small and medium businesses to purchase energy efficient equipment to reduce and manage energy usage and costs.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Improve energy efficiency practices and increase the uptake of energy efficient technologies.
  • Assist small and medium businesses to manage their energy usage and costs.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Grants between $10,000 and $25,000 are available.

A total funding pool of $62.6 million is available, of which $41.24 million is allocated for Round 2.

Funding will be distributed between states and territories (jurisdictions) based on the distribution of small and medium sized businesses nationally. No requirement to provide donor workout copy. Please refer to the Guidelines for a breakdown of funding available in each jurisdiction.

Eligible projects must:

  • Be aimed at reducing the energy consumption of the business in Australia.
  • Have at least $10,000 in eligible expenditure.
  • Be limited to one or more of the activities listed in Appendix B in the Guidelines.
  • Be entirely located within the state or territory (jurisdiction) they are applying for.


Workforce Australia Program – Self-Employment Assistance

This program is 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