The WA Government, through Lotterywest, has established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
Eligible not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply immediately for grant support.
An initial $59 million will be available for crisis and emergency relief support for eligible not for-profit and community organisations to assist with costs related to increased demand for food, clothing, shelter and other critical needs. A further $100 million will be raised through Lotterywest sales.
Funding will also support new equipment and resources to adapt to rapidly changing needs.
This funding will also provide urgent financial relief for not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations experiencing hardship as a result of cancelled events. It will compensate for cancellation costs, lost revenue and incurred or committed operational costs associated with the cancelled event. In many cases these events were crucial to the ongoing operations of important community organisations.
Lotterywest will now allocate all profits previously assigned to the grants budget, anticipated to be about $100 million, directly into the newly created fund to assist the Western Australian community to recover.
Eligible not-for-profit organisations and community groups can apply immediately for grant support by visiting Lotterywest or by calling 131 777.