Grants Program and Guidelines

Children’s Week Regional and Remote Grant Program

The Children’s Week Grants are now closed.

Following a last minute funding approval, Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc. (Meerilinga), through the Department of Communities, are providing small grants to encourage WA community organisations and local governments in regional and remote areas to celebrate Children’s Week.

Grants of up to $500 (Inc. GST) are made available for local activities organised by one or more organisations. While we aim to support as many organisations as possible, there is no guarantee that every organisation that meets the eligibility criteria will be funded.

To be considered, please complete the Application Form and submit via the Children’s Week WA Website. All successful applicants will need to acquit their event by sending through a completing a brief Grant Evaluation Report template, which includes 2 x pictures from your event and a budget acquittal.

Due to the narrow time frame, applications will be assessed, approved and processed as soon as possible. Grants are open until all funding has been allocated. All funding has now been allocated.

Eligibility Criteria

  • the event/activity must acknowledge and celebrate Children’s Week and the 2020 theme UNCRC Article 15: “Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others”
  • the event/activity must be held during Children’s Week 24 October 2020 – 1 November 2020
  • the event/activity must be held in Regional and Remote areas of Western Australia
  • the event/activity must provide an opportunity for families to have fun together and increase their connection and sense of belonging within their community
  • all events/activities must abide by current health guidelines, with event organisers assuming responsibility for the wellbeing of their attendees
  • the event/activity must be offered free-of-charge to West Australian families with children and be open to children from multiple services, organisations or schools.

Who can apply?

This year has been hard enough! We have simplified the process and opened up eligible organisations to include almost any organised group that wants to hold a free Children’s Week celebration in their community.

Please apply you are a:

  • NFP
  • Local government organisation
  • Community service provider
  • Childcare/preschool
  • Family day care
  • Primary school
  • Playgroups
  • Community Groups

You are not eligible if you are a:

  • Private individual

Program objectives

Children’s Week is a National, annual event held during the fourth week in October right across Australia. This week is dedicated to celebrating children across our State and highlighting their right to happiness. It is an opportunity for the community to engage in a variety of activities that facilitate, support and encourage children and their families to celebrate, play and discover together.

Key objectives of the Children’s Week WA Community Grant Program include:

  • Celebrate children and the importance of a positive childhood
  • Promote the importance of learning through play in early childhood
  • Increase inclusiveness and social connectedness within the community
  • Celebrate diversity
  • Provide free activities and events for families to have fun together and increase their connection and sense of belonging within their community
  • Strengthen families by providing access to information and relevant community services to support overall health and wellbeing
  • Raise awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children
  • Priority given to activities and events that support families with children in remote and regional Western Australia

The theme for Children’s Week 2020 is drawn from article 15 of the Convention, which recognises that “Children have the right to meet together and join groups and organisations as long as it does not stop other people from enjoying their rights. In exercising their rights, children have the responsibility to respect the rights, freedom and reputations of others”.

The National Children’s Week Council simplified theme is: “Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others.

Grant Acquittal

Successful applicants in receipt of a Children’s Week grant are required to submit a short post-event report including photos on their event/activity on or prior to Friday 27 November 2020. This final report must be completed using this Grant Evaluation Report template and will give a summary of the outcomes, and participants in the event/activity. You are most welcome to promote your event using this editable Children’s Week poster template.

The report and and/or supplied photos may be used for promotional purposes by Meerilinga. It will be assumed that consent has been received for any photos supplied.

Children’s Week Regional and Remote Grants are convened by Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation and proudly supported by the Department of Communities.

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