$3.4 million grant program to help Indigenous organizations achieve Close the Gap goals

  • Grant applications are open for Indigenous Community Controlled Organizations (ACCOs)
  • $3.4 million available for ACCOs to come up with ideas to improve priority community services
  • Lotterywest will administer the grant program in partnership with the WA Government
  • Additional grant opportunities available through the Lotterywest Community Investment Framework
  • Indigenous Community-Controlled Nonprofits (ACCOs) across WA can now apply for a share of Closing the Gap’s $3.4 million funding through a new grants program calling for new ideas to improve priority community services.

    The Sector Strengthening Grant Scheme was launched by the WA Government to help ACCOs progress towards the goals and outcomes of the National Closing the Gap Agreement.

    The grant criteria and guidelines have been developed with input from the WA Aboriginal Health Council’s Social Services Committee, which is working to create a leading WA body for the ACCO sector.

    Grants will be used to strengthen the Indigenous-controlled sector to deliver high-quality, sustainable services and outcomes to Indigenous peoples and communities.

    Grant applications are invited from organizations wishing to improve, expand or develop initiatives in priority areas such as the housing, health, disability and early childhood care and development sectors.

    The program aims to help position ACCOs to compete and provide service contracts and grants, actively participate in policy development and program service design in the four priority areas, support the workforce Aboriginal work and skills development and collaborate with other organizations to achieve community results.

    This could include creating and developing strategic and operational plans, implementing workforce development initiatives, purchasing new technology and software, etc.

    The grants will be administered by Lotterywest, which has a long history of supporting ACCOs and Indigenous communities through its Community Investment Framework.

    Lotterywest will work with ACCOs to explore their idea and, if it aligns, will work in partnership to bring it to life and develop a strong grant application.

    Grant applications that do not meet the criteria may still be eligible for further funding through Lotterywest’s Community Investment Framework.

    For more information on grants and to register an idea first, visit: www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants/grant-opportunities/sector-strengthening-grants

    Closing of registrations on December 7, 2022.

    As Indigenous Affairs Minister Tony Buti said:

    “The McGowan government recognizes that investing in the foundations and the future is essential to strengthening our partnership with Indigenous peoples and communities, and understands that ACCO organizations are best placed to identify ideas that will have an impact. significant.

    “We are grateful to the Aboriginal Health Council’s Social Services Committee for their assistance in developing the grant criteria and for providing a critical link to the cutting-edge ACCO organization as it begins to take form.

    “Our government looks forward to seeing the variety of ideas and initiatives that will arise from this grantmaking process, and the opportunities to build on our commitments under the Indigenous Empowerment Strategy and Bridging the Gap. gap by reshaping how we work with culture.

    As Ralph Addis, CEO of Lotterywest and Healthway stated:

    “Lotterywest has a long history of supporting ACCOs and Indigenous communities and it’s great that we can expand that impact through our partnership with the WA Government.

    “Even if your idea does not meet the criteria for this grant, I encourage you to apply as it may be eligible for a Lotterywest grant through our Community Investment Framework.”

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    Ryan H. Bowman