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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.

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.docx​​​

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

Strategic Projects Application Form (requests up to $30,000)

​Grants over $30,000 and up to $50,000

Strategic Projects Funding Guidelines

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.

Harmony Week

15 to 21 March 2019

Grants up to $2000 available

Funding applications open: Monday 17 September 2018

Applications deadline: 4.00pm Monday 5 November 2018

Harmony Week funding is available for activities that promote social cohesion and encourage everyone to experience, explore, and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.

The activity must be coordinated with a CaLD community by an organisation that has the skills to deliver the activity through a sound budget and activity plan.

Please read the following Harmony Week Funding Guidelines and Application Form before applying.

Submiting your application: Contact the Grants Administrator on (08) 6552 1603 or by email to for queries relating to submitting the application.

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: