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About Operating Grants 

Operating Grants 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.

Applications for Operating Grants are currently closed. 

Operating Grants cover 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)*

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

To be eligible, organisations must deliver services that align with one or more of the Shire’s Community Strategic Plan 2040, Focus Areas (pages 26-31) and address at least one priority area, as follows:

Operating Grants priority areas

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. 

Guidelines, application form and budget template

Please download the guidelines below to find out about:

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

The application form and budget template is also provided below. 

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.

Grant recipients


Successful recipients of Community Organisation Operating Grants for 2022-23 included Augusta Community Development Association up to $5,000, The Creative Corner $34,000, Radio Margaret River $21,000 and Undalup Association $49,000. All amounts include GST.


Community Category: Augusta Community Development Association $8,000, Cowaramup Men’s Shed $9,000, Just Home Margaret River $20,000, Mindful Margaret River $20,000, Margaret River Community Pantry $12,000, Margaret River Concert Band $1,400, Margaret River District Club $5,000, Radio Margaret River $10,000 and Woven Cowaramup $4,500.

Environment and Sustainability Category: Undalup Association Inc, $45,000.

Sustainable Economy Category:  Margaret River Regional Producers Association $20,000, Margaret River Business Network $20,000 and Margaret River Wine Association $10,000, with $5,000 already allocated to the Margaret River Business Network Business Awards.

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