What we can and can’t support

Lotterywest can provide support to projects or activities that contribute to an outcome in the Community Investment Framework. The grant request must also have a clear community benefit.

Grants can be used to support income-generating activities if they are working towards an outcome in the Community Investment Framework and have a clear public benefit. All profits must be directed towards achieving the Community Investment Framework outcome.

There are a few constraints to what we support.


  • Projects taking place outside Western Australia
  • Retrospective, contingency or on-going operational costs
  • Religious activities (although welfare and community service activities of faith-based groups can be funded)
  • Competitive sporting activities
  • Projects or initiatives that could/should be funded through contractual or individualised Government funding arrangements
  • Replacement of assets previously funded with a Lotterywest grant
  • From 1 January 2024, applications that do not reflect, or are contrary to, Lotterywest's Good Practice Requirements cannot be supported.

In addition, given Lotterywest’s significant annual statutory allocation to the Department of Health and the Department’s Future Health Research and Innovation Fund, support for medical and health research and its translation and/or dissemination will not be provided through Lotterywest’s direct grants budget.

Grant limits

  • The minimum grant request is $3,000
  • Maximum $15,000 for organisations not registered for GST or that are unincorporated (unless auspiced by an eligible organisation)
  • Otherwise there is no upper grant limit. Grants should be reasonable and represent value for money
  • Lotterywest is a complementary grant-maker and expects others will contribute appropriately to the cost of initiatives (financially and/or in kind)
  • The GST component of items purchased by the grant is not supported.