Special Projects

Peaks Sector Support Grants

Resources and capacity-building for Peak bodies to service their members

The Lotterywest Capacity-Building Grants are up to $20,000 in value, and are provided for peak bodies in the community service sector to facilitate training, or consultation and co-design processes with their members on an issue of strategic importance, and where the need to do this is immediate.

The focus of this project has traditionally been emerging issues that require a quick turnaround; and the focus now needs to include a nexus with response to or recovery from COVID-19.

A total of $160,000 is available in 2020.

Essential Eligibility criteria

  1. The Peak applying must be a WA-based community services Peak body that is also eligible to apply for Lotterywest grants (Peaks not registered for GST are able to apply for a maximum of $15,000 only).
  2. The grant will fund an identified emerging issue that requires a quick response, and goes beyond the core business of the applying Peak body.
  3. The proposal is for a small grant (less than $20,000).
  4. The project has a clear timeline, with a beginning and an end, and is no longer than six months.
  5. Each application requires written support from two other peaks or the Peaks Forum.
  6. For a professional development proposal, the applying Peak must have co-designed their training with the people or organisations that will be receiving it.

Desirable Eligibility Criteria

  1. No more than one grant per year except under exceptional circumstances.
  2. To fund a collaborative Peak Forum projects and research.

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  • There must be clear outcomes and deliverables for each grant – e.g. that it is a standalone project with standalone outcomes.
  • There is a demonstrated link to COVID-19 response or recovery.
  • It is an emerging issue that requires an immediate response.
  • Projects must be completed within a six-month period.


There is in-principle support from the Peaks to the following behaviours and principles when applying for funding.

  1. A collaborative approach to decision‐making and working together recognising the interdependence in the delivery of Community Services.
  2. Mutual trust and respect, with openness and transparency.
  3. Consultation on significant issues, including the development of funding submissions.
  4. Sharing of data and information produced via projects funded.
  5. Submit budgets that accurately reflect the real cost of the project, therefore ensuring the total funding pool has maximum impact.
  6. A contribution within the capacity of the Peak.

Peaks acknowledge the funding is limited therefore will only submit applications and funding requests that go beyond their core activities in which they are funded.

Application Process

The purpose of this pilot project is to acknowledge that issues faced by peak bodies for their members often require an immediate response.

  1. The Peak body identifies an issue it is looking to address with members, and applies via the application form.
  2. WACOSS and Lotterywest will review the application within ten business days.
  3. The Peak body is advised of the outcome.
  4. If the application is successful, the funding will be available to the Peak body within an additional ten business days.
  5. The Peak body facilitates the consultation, research or project.
  6. The Peak body reports back via the reporting form, providing a brief evaluation back to the WA Peaks Forum.
  7. The Peak body reports back to Lotterywest on the outputs and short-term outcomes achieved.


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Reporting and Transparency

Peak bodies will be required to submit a report at the close of a funded project on the outputs and short-term outcomes achieved, via the Peaks Sector Support Grant Reporting Form.

WACOSS shall report to the Peaks Forum every six months on all funded projects. The Peaks forum will be invited to provide feedback to WACOSS on the effectiveness of the grants and make recommendations for improvement on criteria and process.

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Jennie Gray
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

08 6381 5300
[email protected] 

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