Mid-West Minister Tom Stephens has urged community groups in Geraldton to apply for special grants of up to $5,000 for projects that meet specific community needs.
Mr Stephens said non-profit, community-based organisations, special interest groups and local government could all apply for the one-off grants, part of the State Government's Social Advantage strategy.
The grants are available for projects targeting women, parents, ethnic and migrant groups, seniors, young people, Aborigines, children, community and families.
"The aim of the program is to help community groups by funding innovative projects that support and enhance family and community life and are responsive to local needs," the Minister said.
"It is flexible and comprehensive, and gives groups who otherwise would find it difficult to secure funding an opportunity to develop a specific project.
"This partnership between the Government and community groups is an effective way to achieve results and cut through the red tape that might stop projects from getting off the ground.
"I am confident Social Advantage grants will help increase the sense of community many Western Australians feel is important."
Mr Stephens is conducting a seminar for prospective grant applicants in Geraldton on Thursday (December 17) at the Queen's Park Theatre, Cathedral Avenue, starting at 9.30 am. The forum will cover eligibility, how to apply for a grant, how to administer it and provide financial and other reports relating to the funded project.
Applicants have to show that the project will benefit the community, that its purpose matches the objective of the grants program and that it will be completed within nine months of getting the grant.
Mr Stephens will be accompanied by Ms Moira Eastman, Western Australian author and national speaker on family matters, who will address the forum on supporting families and building communities.
The seminar is open to all interested groups or individuals.