Community participation funding

Funding initiatives that target low participation groups including Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD), Aboriginal communities and people with a disability.

The funding is open year-round and grants are limited to $1000–$5000. Projects need to increase participation in sport and active recreation or develop the skills of the people involved in your organisation or local community.

The application form for this grant is currently being revised.

Please contact the Community Participation Funding Project Officer to discuss your project first.


Does your project increase participation or develop people?

Grant applications must be for projects that target either participation or people development outcomes. 


A more physically active society in which sport and recreation maintain and increase their contribution to community wellbeing.                             

How will your project increase the physical activity levels of target groups who currently have low participation rates?

People Development

All providers of sport and recreation in Western Australia are well informed, skilled and resourced.

How will your project improve the skills of the volunteers or staff of your organisation or community group that is targeting low participation groups? 

Funding snapshot

Information - Community Participation Funding

Application dates

Application forms can be submitted at any time. The Department will advise if your project is successful in gaining funding within four weeks of receipt of the final application.

Applications received in June may take longer than four weeks to process due to end of financial year requirements.

Please contact the Department prior to formally submitting your application, so that it can be discussed in further detail. 

To be eligible for funding, projects are not to commence before approval has been granted by the Department.

No retrospective funding will be considered.

Who can apply?

  • Sport and recreation community organisations/clubs (who are not currently receiving Organisation Sustainability Funding).
  • Other community not-for-profit organisations.
  • Regional local governments.

What can funding be used for?

  • Running programs
  • Coaching clinics
  • Volunteer training
  • Coordinators
  • Coaching courses
  • Referee/umpire courses.

What is not considered for funding?

  • Construction of sport or recreation facilities
  • Projects being undertaken outside Western Australia
  • Additional funds for a project already funded by a Department grant program
  • Prize money/trophies
  • Merchandise e.g. clothing/promotional material
  • One-off camps and events
  • Membership fees
  • Catering costs.

Important information

  • Any program targeting school age children must occur outside of school hours.
  • Create a child safe environment – if your program includes children aged under 18 years, then you are required to comply with the Working with Children Legislation.
  • Purchase of equipment (except in extenuating circumstances for specialist/adaptive equipment. The applicant must clearly demonstrate it is essential for the project to occur).
  • Existing projects that target the same participants and or location will generally not be supported.
  • No more than 10% of the total funding request may be allocated to administration costs.
  • No more than $500 may be allocated to promotion and/or advertising costs. This may include website or booklet production if incidental to the program.

Travel to sport or recreation events, meetings or conferences

Communities greater than 500km from Perth may be eligible for support to cover travel and accommodation costs for service providers based in Perth (not to be used for program participants). This is an allocation within the overall $5000 budget and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Up to $1500 may be used to cover travel and accommodation costs if from above the 26th parallel e.g. Broome, Carnarvon, Exmouth, Karratha, Port Hedland.
  • Up to $1000 may be used to cover travel and accommodation costs if you are over 500km from the Perth Central Business District e.g. Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie, Kalbarri, Meekatharra, Leonora, Esperance, Wiluna.

Application process

  1. Read these guidelines for Community Participation Funding.
  2. For projects in the metro area please contact our Project Officer and in regions please initially make contact with your regional office.  
  3. Complete the application form.
  4. Submit the application to your closest Department office. All regional applications need to be submitted to the Department regional office.
  5. DSR will advise if your project is successful in gaining funding within six weeks of receipt of your application. You will be advised how funds will be distributed to your organisation so the project can be implemented.
  6. After you have completed the project, organisations will submit an acquittal form including completed income and expenditure details to DSR.

How will my application be assessed?

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • You contacted a DSR consultant to discuss your project.
  • The organisation has public liability insurance.
  • The organisation is incorporated and has an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • The project targets low participation groups.
  • The project will increase participation or skill development of the target group.
  • The organisation demonstrates its capacity to deliver the outcomes of the project.
  • The project will be undertaken within specified timeframes as negotiated.
  • Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate program sustainability.

What if my organisation is GST registered?

  • If your organisation has an Australian Business Number and is registered for GST the grant will be 'grossed up' by 10% of the grant amount.
  • If your organisation has an Australian Business Number and is not registered for GST no GST is allocated.

Freedom of information

The Department will adhere to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1992 in relation to requests for information originating in the Department. Information not originating in the Department but provided to the Department will not be released without prior consultation or permission given by the relevant organisation.

Privacy act

All information provided to the Department and gathered during the grant assessment process will be stored on a database that will only be accessed by authorised departmental personnel. The database is subject to privacy restrictions in accordance with the Privacy Act 1998 (Commonwealth) and the Freedom of Information Act 1992.


Successful programs will be required to acknowledge the Department. Details will be advised to successful applicants.

More information

For regional enquires please contact your regional office.

Community Participation Funding Project Officer
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Facsimile 08 9492 9711
Email the Community Participation Funding Project Officer