Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today opened Western Australia’s first social innovation conference, highlighting the quality of social innovation ideas and projects already under way in the State.
More than 100 delegates attended the conference in Perth, including recipients of the Liberal-National Government’s Social Innovation Grants program.
Mrs McSweeney said today’s conference was proof West Australians had a growing interest in social innovation, which the State Government was working hard to foster.
“Since the Government launched the highly successful Social Innovation Grants program two years ago, it has benefited 25 community organisations, which have shared in $7.6million,” she said.
“The projects showcased today are innovative and delivering real benefits to WA communities, such as the Balga Detached Youth Work project which received $368,740 for its work with young indigenous people. This project is helping young people enter long-term employment and better engage with their community, which is having a positive social impact on the local Balga community.
“The Government recognises the need to develop new ways of delivering services to meet the diverse needs of West Australians and that community services organisations are usually best placed to do this.”
The Social Innovation Grants program was announced by Premier Colin Barnett in May 2010.
The purpose of the program is to promote innovation in the delivery of social and community services.
State Govt gave an unprecedented $600million to the community sector last year
$10million Social Enterprise Fund opened in April, to develop social enterprises in WA
Eligible organisations can apply for a Social Innovation Grant at any time
Minister’s office - 6552 6500