Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Social enterprise boost for Gascoyne

    7/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • Second round of Social Enterprise Fund grants open
    • Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre to benefit
    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today presented further funding for social enterprise in the Gascoyne, as part of the State Government’s $10million Social Enterprise Fund.
     
    The fund, launched in April, aimed to increase the number and effectiveness of businesses in Western Australia which operate for a community benefit.
     
    The Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre was a successful recipient in the fund’s first round.
     
    Mrs McSweeney presented $27,650 to the centre, and this will be used to develop a marketing plan to increase the organisation’s community awareness.
     
    “The Social Enterprise Fund is another example of how the Liberal-National Government is working to find new ways to support the not-for-profit sector,” she said.
     
    “The Gascoyne Aboriginal Centre is a worthy recipient and I hope the funds give this organisation a boost in the community.”
     
    Social enterprises work for a public or community benefit and can have a trading arm which reinvests profits back into the organisation to complete its social objective.
     
    The $10million Social Enterprise fund is available through two streams:  for investment-ready enterprises with a sound business plan in place; and seed funding for organisations whose enterprise idea requires further development and support.
     
    The Minister also announced the second round of the Social Enterprise Fund was now open.  All WA not-for-profit organisations eligible to apply at any time during the year. 
     
    “I urge all eligible organisations with a project they would like to develop, or an established social enterprise business they would like to support, to apply for a Social Enterprise Fund grant,” she said. 
     
          Fact File
    • In an unprecedented step last year, State Govt gave $600m to the not-for-profit sector
    • Social Innovation Grants are also on offer
    • These aim to promote innovation in social and community services delivery
    • Application forms available from http://www.communities.wa.gov.au 
    Minister’s office - 6552 6500