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Community Grants Program

​​​​​​​The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) offers grant funding through its Community Grants Program (CGP) with a total annual budget of $500,000.

The program provides funding to empower culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Western Australia to design, deliver and partner on projects that address their needs. The CGP supports CaLD community-led activities that:

  • celebrate and promote Western Australia's cultural diversity
  • build the capacity of individuals, families and communities to contribute to the civic and economic life of the State
  • improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services.

Refer to the Community Grants Program FAQs for general information about the CGP, such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. The funding guidelines and application form for each grant category are released when the grant round is open. Please read these carefully and speak with a member of the Community Engagement and Funding team before applying. 

Next funding availability 

Information about CGP funding to support projects and activities occurring from 1 January 2019, including funding guidelines and applications forms, will be announced by June 2018. Check the OMI website or subscribe to OMI Alerts to receive a notification when funding is open for application.

Applications will be accepted for the following grant categories:

Festivals (grants up to $5000)

Festivals funding is available for significant events that celebrate the cultural identity of CaLD communities and encourage participation of the whole community. The event must be free or low cost and accessible to all Western Australians.

Community Capacity Building (grants up to $5000)

Community Capacity Building funding is available for initiatives that aim to strengthen the skills and abilities of communities to take leading roles in the development of their community, and that respond to specific needs and issues identified by the community.

Strategic Projects (grants up to $30,000)

Strategic Projects funding is available for capacity building projects that benefit CaLD communities such as those from new and emerging communities, women, seniors, young people and regional communities.

This funding round will support projects that may relate, but are not limited to, the following focus areas:

  • family and domestic violence prevention
  • parenting
  • employment and skills development
  • leadership
  • financial literacy
  • health and wellbeing
  • support for regional communities.

Applications from CaLD community groups and associations will be prioritised for funding across all categories.

Additional resources

You may be required to provide these forms with your application:

Project planning resources are also available for download. These resources include a budget template, a project plan template and an Event Management Planning Guide. You are welcome to use these resources to support your grant application and for general project or event planning.

Should your organisation be successful in receiving an OMI grant, please use this Order Form to arrange for a banner to display at your event.

Other funding sources 

If your organisation is looking for funding but doesn't meet the eligibility criteria or guidelines for the Office of Multicultural Interests' CGP funding, you may be eligible to apply for grants from other funding agencies and organisations.

Government grant information is available free online. Refer to these online grants directories for information on funding opportunities: