West Kimberley community grants guidelines

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.

Funding for the grants scheme is generated by the sale of Rhodes Grass hay, which we produce as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of Broome’s recycled water.

Rhodes Grass being harvested at the Broome Wastewater Treatment Plant


  • Support the long term development, growth and vitality of the West Kimberley. 
  • Build an appreciation of nature and an awareness of the preciousness of water.
  • Provide the opportunity for community to identify and respond to local issues. 
  • Empower the community to take an active role in improving their quality of life.
  • Foster community involvement and wellbeing. 

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West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme guidelines 

Applicants are required to outline how their proposal will contribute to one or more of the outcomes listed below.

Environmental sustainability

  • Relates to people having an appreciation of the preciousness of water and value of nature. 

Health and wellbeing

  • Relates to people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
  • Relates to increasing opportunities for physical activity. 

Community connection and participation

  • Relates to people’s connections to their community. Community often relates to geographic locations but can also relate to family networks, support networks, people with common or shared beliefs, values, friendships, interests and activities.
  • Participation relates to people volunteering and participating in civic life. 


  • Relates to people having the opportunity for lifelong learning and gaining the knowledge and skills required to participate in education, employment and their community. 

Social inclusion

  • Relates to people feeling they belong and having the opportunity to freely express and celebrate who they are, regardless of culture or identity.
  • Relates to people having an understanding of other people, their culture and identity.

To be eligible for a grant, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a school or a not-for-profit constituted body such as an incorporated association (or be auspiced by one).
  • Applicants must be located within, or offer a project within, the West Kimberley.
  • Projects must take place within 12 months of receiving funds.
  • Applications must be submitted using a specified form by a specified deadline.
  • Applicants must present a new initiative to be eligible for funding and the same project will not be funded 2 years in a row. 

Successful applicants will:

  • be required to sign a letter of agreement that outlines the terms and conditions of funding
  • provide data which demonstrates that the funded application has achieved intended outcomes. 


Applications are assessed against the criteria below. We expect to receive more applications than we can support, therefore successful applications will be those that best respond to the assessment criteria. 

Evaluation Criteria Points
Summary:  Are the application’s aims and outcomes clearly identified? 
Alignment: Does the application support the Community Grants outcomes?
How well does the application outline the way the project will achieve the specified outcomes? 
Evaluation:  How is the project evaluated – how will we know if the project has achieved the community grants outcomes? 
Community need:  Is there a clearly identified and demonstrated local need for this application?
Equity: Does the application target vulnerable or disadvantaged sectors of the community?
Organisational capacity: Is the application well planned and achievable within the timeframe?
Budget: Does the budget accurately reflect the scope and scale of the application? 
Have other funding sources been identified? 
Have the resources that are required to deliver the project been clearly identified? 
Is the application financially viable and does it demonstrate sound management?

Additional assessment notes for capital works applications

  • Building or landscape works for establishment, upgrade or renewal are a priority over routine maintenance applications.
  • Facilities must be within the West Kimberley and owned by not for profit organisations. 

Other factors:

  • Supporting as many local organisations as possible and providing opportunities for new and emerging organisations and communities.
  • Supporting a variety of organisations, community outcomes and community target groups. 

Funding history 

  • Applicants are eligible for funding only once during each financial year.
  • Funding will not be provided for the same initiative more than once.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a new initiative to be eligible for funding. 


  • Certificate of currency for public liability or other relevant insurance. Alternatively, applicants can provide a risk assessment document identifying risks associated with their application and explaining how these risks will be managed.
  • If you are applying for capital works or maintenance on a community facility, you must submit at least one quote.
  • Significant single expenditure items (eg single items like computers or items over $1000) include full details within the budget or ideally a quote. 
  • If quotes are provided by family or friends, you are required to declare this.
  • Letter(s) of support from community organisations and/or other organisations.
  • The West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Committee (the Committee), is comprised of representatives of the Water Corporation and Lions Club Broome, and representatives from other West Kimberley organisations that have been selected by the Lions Club Broome and the Water Corporation.  
  • Lions Club of Broome representatives review all applications for eligibility. Ineligible applicants will be notified that their application is ineligible.
  • The Committee will make recommendations for funding to the committee Chairman. 
  • The Chairman is a Water Corporation representative who will make the final decision on the outcome of all eligible applications.
  • The Committee may recommend part funding. This decision is carefully considered with the view of maintaining the integrity of the proposal. 
  • Commercial activities and organisations
  • Any more than 50% of the entire cost of a single project (fundraising activities and in-kind contributions such as volunteer hours count towards the cost of a project)
  • Fundraising activities, competitions, prizes and award exhibitions.
  • Permanent staff costs.
  • Organisational core operating costs such as funding for permanent staff members, insurance and utilities (only applications under $3000 can apply for core operating costs) interstate or international travel costs.
  • Projects that duplicate existing or previous services and programs.
  • Projects with a sole religious or political purpose.
  • Activities, projects, programs and events that have already taken place. 

If your application is successful, you will be required to: 

  • sign a funding agreement or a letter of agreement 
  • raise a tax invoice prior to a cheque being issued or funds being transferred into a bank account 
  • the funding agreement or letter of agreement will outline data collection and reporting requirements required for the specific project 
  • use the funding allocated for the purposes specified in the application. Grants may not be used for any purpose other than for which it is granted
  • deliver the project within the allocated budget and specified timeframe
  • acknowledge the Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome in all promotional materials (including media releases) relating to the successful application, including use of logos and banners at events
  • Water Corporation and Lions Club of Broome representative are to be invited to attend any significant launches or events associated with the project 
  • provide an acquittal report at the end of the project that includes the data collection requirements agreed to in the funding agreement or letter of agreement.
West Kimberley Grants scheme diagram

General grants queries

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