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:
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 contact OMI's Community Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (08) 6552 1607 to begin the application process.
The Community Grants Program is an open competitive application process and consists of the following grant categories:
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
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 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:
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
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 Community Engagement Officer on timeframes for application submission based on the stage of development of the project. Contact email@example.com or phone (08) 6552 1607.
Applicant organisations must:
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:
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, Multicultural Futures, and Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Centre.
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.
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.
Every child has the right to feel safe when participating in arts, cultural, sporting, recreation and community activities. Organisations that undertake child-related work or activities have a duty of care to keep children and young people (those aged under 18 years) safe from harm. Protecting children and young people from abuse, discrimination and harassment is both a legal requirement and an ethical obligation. This includes complying with the Working with Children Check (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.
Organisations that provide services or facilities for children, and receive funding from The Office of Multicultural Interests, are required to complete the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Child Safeguarding self-assessment tool.
The tool is available for download here.
Further information from DLGSC is available here: https://dlgsc.wa.gov.au/department/child-safeguarding
The following resources may assist your organisation to protect children and young people:
Working with Children Check legislation www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations https://childsafe.humanrights.gov.au
Child Safeguarding resources on the Play by the Rules website: https://www.playbytherules.net.au/got-an-issue/child-safe-sport