The Community Recovery Grants Program supports the well-being, psychosocial recovery and resilience of communities impacted by the flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie.
It funds local groups and community organisations to deliver activities and events that will assist the community to recover, reconnect and build capacity for future change with an emphasis on social and emotional wellbeing. The program’s key focus is to ensure that communities can access resources and services to support their ability to heal and build community resilience.
The funding program comprises the following grant streams:
Clean-up grants up to $75,000 are available to reimburse costs incurred in cleaning-up and undertaking essential repairs to premises leased or owned by a not-for-profit organisation.
The anticipated goal and outcome of the program are:
Goal: Communities are cohesive, connected and resilient.
Outcome: Locally led activities and events will assist the community to recover, reconnect and build capacity for future change.
The program encourages applications that support the social recovery of impacted communities, building social cohesion and connectedness, and that support community wellbeing, mental health healing and resilience. The program welcomes a wide variety of
initiatives, including those from culture and arts, sport and recreation, family and kinship, or other socially focussed areas.
Organisations that meet the eligibility criteria, and are proposing to deliver a community recovery initiative in one of the 4 local government areas that have been impacted by the flooding including:
Organisations that are eligible to apply include:
Organisations that meet the eligibility criteria, and are propose to clean-up or undertake essential repairs to premises leased or owned in one of the 4 local government areas impacted by the flood include:
Note, these are examples only and are not intended to cover all circumstances. If there is any doubt about the eligibility of activities or costs, please contact DLGSC for further clarification.
Eligible organisations may apply for funding towards resources and expenses necessary to conduct activities that get people connecting, communicating, learning and supporting each other — activities that tap into and reinforce social support networks
that support recovery and resilience building in communities impacted by the flooding associated with ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie.
Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:
Eligible costs associated with the delivery of relevant recovery and resilience support initiatives may include but are not limited to:
Note that proposals for activities to reconnect with country and or undertake rehabilitation of flood impacted places may be referred to the Environment Recovery Grants Program.
Eligible applicants may apply for reimbursement of costs associated with cleaning-up premises or equipment and undertaking essential repairs in order to resume operations.
Eligible costs associated with these activities include, but are not limited to:
The program is open for applications from 30 August 2023 until 30 April 2025, or until the funding is exhausted. Projects should be completed by 30 June 2025. Organisations can apply at any time until the program closes. Applications will not be accepted after the end date.
Where possible, applicants are encouraged to submit community initiative grant applications with a longer lead time than four weeks prior to project commencement.
The application period for the Clean-up Recovery Grant will close on 30 June 2024. Works should be complete by 30 June 2025.
Notification of a grant outcome will be approximately four weeks after submission date. Please note: If an organisation starts an activity before notification and is ineligible or unsuccessful, the DLGSC is not responsible for any costs incurred.
Approved grants may be paid up to the maximum amount in one claim, provided that the payment is retrospective. In this case, applicants must provide evidence that eligible project costs have been fully paid prior to the claim being made.
As an alternative, and to support applicant cashflow, payments for approved applications may be made in three instalments over the course of project delivery.
Applicants can apply multiple times to the Small and Large Grant streams. However, organisations can only apply once to the Clean-up Grants stream.
Eligible organisations should submit one application at a time. Projects funded under the Small or Large Grant streams must be completed and acquitted prior to further applications within these streams from the same organisation being considered.
All projects should be completed within 12 months from the commencement of a project funding agreement, or by 30 June 2025 whichever occurs first.
Your applicant may be ineligible if you:
Applications are to be submitted through the SmartyGrants portal. These may be submitted by an authorised advocate or representative on behalf of an eligible organisation.
There are 3 components in the grant application:
Each plays a significant and distinct role in creating a whole picture about the initiative.
Application questions will be listed on the application form through the SmartyGrants platform. Applicants should align their responses with the program goals and outcomes and demonstrate how the initiative will generate, promote or strengthen connections within
A budget helps to demonstrate that all elements of the activity have been considered, researched and costed. A good budget provides confidence that the activity is viable and achievable.
Quotes or invoices must be included for all expenditure items associated with the activity.
Expenditure items can vary significantly from one activity to another. Any legitimate expense that is eligible can be included in the budget.
If registered for GST do not include GST in the budget figures. All amounts should be in Australian dollars.
Grant amounts listed are exclusive of GST. The grant amount applied for may be up to 100% of the total project.
For community recovery grants, where procuring goods and services, the applicant must ensure that contracts having a value of:
The applicant must not 'contract split' to avoid the intent of this clause; and must comply as far as reasonably practicable with the State Government's Aboriginal Procurement and Buy Local policies.
Support materials help assessors fully gauge the value of the activity and provide applications with a better chance of success.
Support material can be accepted in various formats including text, images, audio, and video. Links to support material using file sharing services such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive will not be viewed.
Examples of support material include:
All applications are assessed against the following criteria:
The application demonstrates the needs of community and how the proposal responds to those needs.
The application outlines the benefits that will be achieved by delivering this project and demonstrates how the program’s goals and outcomes will be achieved.
The organisation demonstrates its readiness, capacity, and capability to deliver the project.
The application is supported by a detailed project plan and demonstrates how the project will be promoted and evaluated. The project is based on a comprehensive budget and represents value for money.
Note: If an application fails to adequately meet any one criterion it may be considered unsuccessful.
Approved applicants will be required to enter into a grant agreement that outlines the grant conditions, key deliverables, acquittal and payment requirements.
Grants officers are available via telephone and email to answer queries about applications and suitability of activities to specific programs.
The advice provided by grants officers does not guarantee the success of an application.
All applications are considered on their own merits and against the assessment criteria and program goals and outcomes.
Grant recipients are to acknowledge the State and Commonwealth funding contribution under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements in public materials, which includes but is not limited to:
To comply with this requirement, all public advice and media releases should refer to the relevant funding source, as being “jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements”.
All publications must also include the State and Commonwealth Government logos and the following disclaimer: ‘Although funding for this product has been provided by both the Australian and Western Australian Governments, the material contained herein
does not necessarily represent the views of either Government’.
For enquiries relating to this funding program, including advice or assistance with an application, contact:
Adam LangProject Officer KimberleyDLGSC Broome OfficeTelephone 61 8 9195 5755Email adam.Lang@dlgsc.wa.gov.au
For assistance using SmartyGrants or to report any related technical issues, see the Help Guide for Applicants.
For assistance in developing project initiatives including project plans, budgets, applications and acquittals, please contact the local Flood Recovery Hub.
The department is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats (large print, electronic or Braille) upon request.
If special assistance is required in preparing an application, please call 61 8 6552 7400 or toll free for regional WA callers on 1800 634 541.
Family, friends, mentors and/or carers can attend meetings.
If applicants are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through one of the following:
For interpreting assistance in languages other than English, telephone the Translation and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 and ask for a connection to 61 8 6552 7400 or 1800 634 541.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.