Find details of our West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme, for great ideas that would benefit the local community.

West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme 

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 grants scheme is now closed and will reopen in early 2018.

Round two recipients

We're pleased to announce that a total of $50,226 in grants has been given to 9 not-for-profit groups and schools across the West Kimberley for projects to improve Aboriginal employment, health and wellbeing, and protect wildlife.

Our round two grant recipients are: 

  • Cluster Aboriginal Education Network, Broome
  •  Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Broome
  • Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay
  • One Arm Point Remote Community School, One Arm Point
  • The Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals, Broome
  • Native Animal Rescue Broome, Broome & Derby
  • Madjulla Association, Fitzroy Crossing
  • Chelonia Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Broome
  • Marnja Jarndu Women's Refuge, Broome.

To find out more, read West Kimberley communities to benefit from $50,000 in grants.

Round 2 recipients of our West Kimberley community grants program

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 2017-18 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.

Five community projects were announced as the successful recipients of the inaugural West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme.

These projects support education, culture, the environment, health and tackling drug and alcohol abuse, and are:

  • 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

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.

Part of the revenue used to fund our community grants scheme comes from the sale of high-quality bales of Rhodes grass hay, produced at our Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant.

If you’d like to buy some hay, and contribute to a good cause, email our Broome Depot on or call (08) 9195 5414.

Collecting hay

Each bale weighs around 330kg. Individual hay bales can be picked up from our depot on 22 Blackmans Street, Broome. Sales of 10 or more hay bales must be picked up from the Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant on Crab Creek Road. See map for details. 

Map showing Broome depot and Broome Wastewater Treatment Plant

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 or call (08) 9186 8266.

Rhodes Grass being harvested at the Broome Wastewater Treatment Plant

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