West Kimberley community grants

If you are based in the West Kimberley and have a great idea that would benefit the local community but just need a kick-start to get it off the ground, our grants scheme may be able to help.

The West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is delivered by Water Corporation and the Lions Club of Broome to support and empower people and communities in the West Kimberley. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools to support community projects.

The first round of applications closed on Friday 2 September 2016. The next round will open in April 2017.

Round one recipients

Water Minister Mia Davies has announced the successful recipients of the inaugural West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme.

Five community projects that support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse have been successful:

  • Dampier Local Drug Action Group received $5,188 for a community empowerment project to tackle drug and alcohol abuse in the remote Aboriginal community of Beagle Bay
  • Broome Senior High School received $7,500 for an interschool Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education event to encourage Year 9 and 10 students to study science and maths, particularly girls
  • Centacare Kimberley received $7,700 for 'Cooking up Good Tucker', a project aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyle choices by teaching traditional Aboriginal food preparation
  • Broome Historical Society received $8,107 for an upgrade to the iconic Broome Museum to house the Indonesian fishing boat display
  • Native Animal Rescue Broome received $2,400 for a new portable structure to help the group spread their message through community education.

For more information read the Rhodes grass sales drive community projects media release

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to receive a community grant, applicants must:

  • be a not for profit constituted body, school or education institution
  • located within, or offering a project within, the West Kimberley
  • comply with our Community Grants guidelines.

Successful applicants must agree to our funding terms and conditions.

Your project must take place within 12 months of receiving funds. 

View the application guidelines

The assessment process 

All applications will be assessed by the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Committee.

The committee is comprised of representatives of Water Corporation, Lions Club of Broome and various local Broome community organisations. 

The committee will look at the aims of your project, the number of people that benefit from your project and its community benefits.

Funding for the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme is generated by the sale of Rhodes Grass hay, which we produce at our Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of recycled water.

The grants scheme aims to create real benefits in the West Kimberley by empowering communities to deliver demand-driven projects.

Infographic showing how recycled water is used to grow hay in the West Kimberley, which is sold as fodder, and the proceeds are returned to the community.

Lions Club logo - 'Where there's a need, there's a lion' since 1917The Lions Club of Broome in a not for profit organisation that exists to serve the welfare of the community and assist disadvantaged groups within our society. Operating since 1971, the Lions Club of Broome actively supports the local, national and international needs of those that need it most. 

More information

If you would like to speak with someone about the grants scheme, please contact Regional Engagement and Communications Officer North West, Sandy Hooft, on wkcgrant@watercorporation.com.au or call (08) 9186 8266.

Rhodes Grass being harvested at the Broome Wastewater Treatment Plant

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