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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 program, such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. Please read the funding guidelines and application form for each grant category and speak with a member of the OMI Community Engagement and Funding team before applying.

If you would like help to develop your application, please email​ ​o arrage a one-on-one meeting with OMI staff at a time and venue to suit you throughout the year.

Funding availability 

The Community Grants Program is an open competitive application process and consists of the following grant categories:

Grant category​​

​Amount available



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.

​Grants up to $5000​Festivals Funding Guidelines​​​​
Festivals Application Form​​​​​

Community Capacity Building

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.

​Grants up to $5000

Community Capacity Building Funding Guidelines

Community Capacity Building Application Form

Strategic Projects

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.

Projects 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.

For funding requests over $30,000 the application must also demonstrate that the project is supported by a broader strategy or a plan to deliver long-term benefits for the community.

​Grants up to $30,000

Strategic Projects Funding Guidelines​​​ (requests up to $30,000)​​​
Strategic Projects Application Form (requests up to $30,000)​
​Grants over $30,000 and up to $50,000

Strategic Projects Funding Guidelines​​​​ (requests fro​m $30,000 to $50,000)​

For requests over $30,000, an application form will be supplied following the applicant's completion of the 'concept planning tool', prior to starting the application process.


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

Timeframes for the application and approval process need to be considered by the organisation when planning the project. The process takes approximately four months from submission to approval. It may take longer if the application requires further development or if there is outstanding information.

Applicants should seek advice from an OMI Engagement Officer on timeframes for application submission based on the stage of development of the project. Contact or phone (08) 6552 1607.


Applicant organisations must:

  • be either a CaLD community association or a community service organisation specifically established to provide services or advocacy for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • be a not-for-profit organisation or community association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 and be based in Western Australia.

Definition of a CaLD community service organisation

To be classified as culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD), an organisation must demonstrate and provide evidence that they meet the following criteria not just claim that they provide services for CaLD communities:

  1. The Objects of the organisation (in the organisation's Constitution and Rules) clearly state that it is specifically established for and its core business and foci is to either:
      • provide support and deliver services and programs to the culturally and linguistically diverse communities (including asylum seekers and refugees) or
      • represent and advocate for the interests of the culturally and linguistically diverse communities (including asylum seekers and refugees).

    2.   Management Committee or Board and staffing profile of the organisation reflects culturally and linguistically diverse communities and it has a commitment to workforce training in cultural competency.

    3. The organisation has internal policies and procedures that demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism and cultural diversity.

    4. The organisation is incorporated in Western Australia in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act and is not-for-profit.

    5. An organisation that services CaLD communities as an incidental service will not be eligible.

Examples of CaLD community service organisations that meet these criteria include: the Edmund Rice Centre WA,  Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre and Multicultural Futures .

The above definition is for community service organisations only and not for CaLD/ethnic community associations such as: Afghan Community Association, Indian Society of WA, Italian Club, Ukrainian Association, etc.

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.

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: