Kimberley community grants

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

In partnership with the Lions Club of Broome, Water Corporation began the West Kimberley Community Grants Scheme in 2016, offering grants of up to $10,000.

Due to its success, the grants scheme was expanded in January 2019 to include the entire Kimberley region and renamed Kimberley Community Grants.

The grants are available to not-for-profit organisations and schools to support community projects and aim to support and empower people and communities in the Kimberley.

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  • Support the long term development, growth and vitality of the 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


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

  • be a not-for-profit constituted body, school or education institution
  • located within, or offer a project within, the 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. 

How to apply

The next round of Kimberley Community Grants will open 16 March 2020. For a copy of the grant guidelines and application form please contact us on (08) 9186 8266 or

The assessment process 

The Kimberley Community Grants Scheme Committee will assess all applications. The Committee comprises representatives of Water Corporation, Lions Club of Broome and various local community organisations. 

In reviewing applications, the Committee will consider the aims of your project, the number of people that will benefit from your project as well as benefits to the wider community.

The Kimberley Community Grants aim to empower communities by helping them to deliver demand-driven projects.

We generate funding for the Grants through the sale of Rhodes Grass hay. The hay is produced at our Broome North Wastewater Treatment Plant as an environmentally friendly means of disposing of Broome's recycled water.

Diagram of Kimberley Community Grants fund distribution

Round 4 grant recipients

A total of $70,086 in community grants were given to benefit 10 not-for-profit groups in Broome, Kununurra and remote Aboriginal communities. It is the first time funding was available to communities across the entire Kimberley.

Our round 4 recipients: 

  • St John's Ambulance - Bidyadanga, Beagle Bay and Lombardina
  • Federation of WA Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC) - Broome
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre - Mowanjum
  • Roebuck Primary School - Broome
  • Broome North Primary School - Broome
  • Broome Bird Observatory - Broome
  • Kununurra District High School - Kununurra
  • Agunya Ltd - Broome
  • Broome Aboriginal Media Association - Broome
  • Kununurra Neighbourhood House Inc - Kununurra

To find out more, read Kimberley communities to benefit from $70,000 in grants.

Round 3 grant recipients

We're pleased to announce that a total of $30,600 in community grants were given to 6 not-for-profit groups to benefit communities in Broome, Derby, Beagle Bay, Halls Creek and Djarindin.

Our round 3 recipients: 

  • Men's Outreach Services Inc, Broome
  • Djarindjin (Jar-in-jin) Aboriginal Corporation, Djarindjin Aboriginal community
  • Broome Primary School, Broome
  • Glass Jar Australia, Derby and Halls Creek
  • Derby Dance Group, Derby
  • Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay

To find out more, read State Government grant scheme continues to benefit the Kimberley.

Students at Broome Primary School

A total of $50,226 in grants were 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.

Round 2 grant recipients were: 

  • 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

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:

  • Local Drug Action Group, Dampier 
  • Broome Senior High School, Broome
  • Centacare Kimberley, Broome and Derby
  • Broome Historical Society, Broome
  • Native Animal Rescue, Broome

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

To buy hay, and contribute to a good cause, you can email our Broome Depot on or call (08) 9195 5414.

Collecting hay

Each bale weighs around 330 kg. Individual hay bales can be picked up from our depot on 22 Blackman Street, Broome. Purchases 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 of Broome Peninsular

Lions Club logo - 'Where there's a need, there's a lion' since 1917The Lions Club of Broome is 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. 

Past grant recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 grant recipients, seen here with Water Minister Dave Kelly.

Kimberley Grants recipients with Minister Dave Kelly

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