Applications for 2023-24 Operating Grants are now open!

Operating Grants aim to boost the capacity of local not-for-profits to achieve outcomes that benefit the region’s people, places and environment. 

Funding is available across three areas including: 

  • Community Organisation Operating Grants (up to $30,000)*
  • Environment and Sustainability Operating Grants (up to $45,000)*
  • Sustainable Economy Operating Grants (up to $30,000)*

Applications for multi-year funding up to three years will be considered. 

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 September 2023. 

* Please download the Grant Guidelines below for all the details. 


To provide a financial contribution towards the operation and administration costs of incorporated community-based, not-for-profit organisations who provide long term, strategic services within the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, that build community wellbeing, capacity and resilience.

Priority areas:
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Community and social capacity building, information and support.
  • Arts and cultural development programs that foster artistic development and community engagement.

Priority areas:
  • Biodiversity protection and improvement
  • Waterway health
  • Coastal management and protection
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Environmental education and capacity building

Priority areas:
  • Business or industry capacity building, information, and support
  • Industry sustainability or circular economy initiatives


Organisations will be considered if they:

  • Are an incorporated community-based, not-for-profit organisation.
  • Are located and deliver services within the boundaries of the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.
  • Can address one of the key priority areas within one of the categories.
  • Have no outstanding, overdue grant acquittals or unspent funds owing to the Shire.
Business Grants

Grants will be considered for costs that include:

  • Office supplies e.g. stationary
  • Purchase of capital i.e. equipment and office furniture to a max $2,000 per item
  • Utilities
  • Rent
  • Insurance i.e. building, contents and public liability
  • Staff i.e. staff salaries, insurance, professional development and work-related travel costs
  • Volunteer insurance, professional development and work-related travel costs
  • Vehicle costs i.e. leases, insurance, petrol and maintenance
  • Advertising, publicity and promotional costs.

Please download the Grant Guidelines below to see costs that this grant funding will not cover. 


Please download the guidelines below to find out about:

  • Priorities
  • Eligibility
  • Funding amounts
  • Assessment criteria
  • Conditions of funding
  • Application and acquittal processes.

Thinking of applying? Please call us first.

Community Category                                            

Contact the Coordinator of Community Planning and Development, Katie Taylor on 08 9780 5233 or email [email protected]

Environment and Sustainability

Contact A/Coordinator Environmental Landcare Services, Kay Lehman on 08 9780 5221 or email [email protected]

Sustainable Economy Category

Contact Sustainable Economy Officer Saul Cresswell, on 08 9780 5250 or email [email protected] 

How to apply

Please complete the form below and submit it to the Shire by email to [email protected] or by post to:

Chief Executive Officer

Shire of Augusta Margaret River

PO Box 61

Margaret River WA 6285

Note: Application forms are available in hard copy if required.

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