The Department of Communities (Communities) through the support of the Department of Finance has established a small grants program to build the capability of the Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCO) sector across Western Australia.
The ACCO Capability Building Grants Program is designed to support, develop and empower ACCOs to improve their capacity to procure, lead and deliver more culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal children, families, people and communities.
It focuses exclusively on services provided by Communities.
Funding of up to $45,454 (excluding GST) per project is available for eligible Aboriginal not-for-profit or charitable organisations for capability building activities that provide services to Aboriginal children, families, people and communities within WA.
Grants are available for initiatives that will support ACCOs to improve governance, frontline service delivery, staff skills or provider transition leading to improved services provided to Aboriginal people.
Applications will need to include details on how the project will benefit the Aboriginal community or region; anticipated governance and operational improvements that will be delivered by the project; evidence of sound planning and ability to manage the project; and value for money in the delivery of the project.
Project review and evaluation to assess the effectiveness of achieving project outcomes and to explore project feasibility and sustainability post funding may be included in the application.
Applications are now closed.
The program will support the Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk and Communities' ACCO related objectives as outlined in the WA Housing Strategy 2020-2030, Path to Safety: WA's strategy to reduce family and domestic violence, State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 and the Specialist Child Protection Unit.
Communities' ACCO Capability Building Grants Program aligns with the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, particularly Priority Reform Area Two – Building the Community Controlled Sector. It is in addition to State Government funding committed to the sector in December and Commonwealth funding committed in August.