Children’s Week Regional and Remote Grant Program
The Children’s Week Grants program applications open July 1, 2021.
Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation Inc. (Meerilinga) through the Department of Communities, Lotterywest & Healthway, is providing small grants to encourage WA not-for-profit community organisations and local governments in regional, remote & metro areas to be part of Children’s Week 2021.
Grants of up to $500 (excl GST) will be available for local activities organised by one or more organisations. While we aim to support as many organisations as possible, as this is a competitive grants process, there is no guarantee that every organisation that meets the eligibility criteria will be funded.
To be considered, all applications must be received by Meerilinga by 31 July, 2021. All applications are to be submitted via the Children’s Week WA Website.
Apply for a grant: *a link to the application form will be available here once applications are open*
Closing Date: Midnight, Saturday 31 July 2021.
Please note: All successful applicants will need to acquit their event by sending through a completing a brief Grant Evaluation Report, which includes 2 x pictures from your event and a budget acquittal. It is highly recommended that applicants refer to the Grant Evaluation Report template to familiarise themselves with the reporting requirements prior to application.
Children’s Week is an annual national event held during the fourth week in October across Australia. In WA, 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.
It is imperative that each event promotes good health and activities which encourage healthy lifestyles as demonstrated by Major Partner Sponsor, Healthway.
The 2021 national Children’s Week theme has been nominated by the United Nations as UNCRC Article 15: “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 2021 national children’s week theme has been simplified to: ‘Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others’.
Key objectives of the Children’s Week WA Community Grant Program include:
- Celebrating children and the importance of a positive childhood
- Promoting the importance of learning through play in early childhood
- Increasing inclusiveness and social connectedness within the community
- Celebrating diversity
- Provide free activities and events for families to have fun together and increase their connection and sense of belonging within their community
- Addressing specific identified needs within local communities via place-based events
- Strengthening families by providing access to information and relevant community services to support overall health and wellbeing
- Raising awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of Children, and the 2021 national Children’s Week theme
- Priority is given to activities and events that support families with children in remote and regional Western Australia
- the event/activity must acknowledge and celebrate Children’s Week and the 2021 theme UNCRC Article 15: ‘Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others’.
- the event/activity must have the name “Children’s Week” in the title
- the event/activity must be held during Children’s Week, 23 October 2021 – 31 October 2021
- the event/activity must be held in Regional, Remote & Metro 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 demonstrates an arts focus, promoting arts-based activities to children and families (dance, song, craft, theatre, etc.)
- the event/activity promotes healthy eating where applicable and healthy lifestyle choices
- 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?
Eligible groups and organisations must be:
- an incorporated not-for-profit organisation
- a local government authority
- may be auspiced (sponsored) by an eligible group or organization
You are not eligible if:
Schools and for-profit organisations that operate kindergartens, long day care, outside school hours care service, family day care or playgroup are not eligible to apply for a grant. Not-for- profit organisations who offer these services are still able to apply.
*Please note: Not-for-profit organisations and Local Government Councils can still work in collaboration with any of these organisations to provide a Children’s Week activity. Contact your Local Government representative or NFP to get something planned!
To receive a grant, organisations must:
- Promote their activity through a range of media channels to encourage attendance and generate community awareness of Children’s Week
- Acknowledgement of funding assistance provided by the Department of Communities, Lotterywest & Healthway through Meerilinga must be included in any advertising and on any material relating to the project by using the words ‘Supported by the Department of Communities, Lotterywest, Healthway and Meerilinga’
- Provide Children’s Week activities and events for families to have fun, increase their connection with their community and have access to informative and relevant community information
- Provide Children’s Week events and programs where children have an opportunity to explore what it is to “belong” through community activities
- All successful applicants are required to Register their event as part of the Children’s Week website (see here)
- Promote healthy eating objectives suggesting to Go for 2 fruit & 5 vegetables daily, as per the Healthway message. Each successful applicant must share 2 x posts about their Children’s Week event, featuring the Healthway Go for 2 & 5 Message, via social media/newsletter or other communication method. Content will be supplied and screenshots of the shared posts/information will need to be provided in the evaluation report
- Each successful applicant will have the opportunity to display signage relating to event supporters
- Each successful applicant will go through the below Acquittal Process, submitting a post-event evaluation to Meerilinga.
What is covered by the grant?
Funding of up to $500 (excl GST) is available for organisations to deliver a range of events/activities during Children’s Week including (but not limited to):
- award ceremonies (no prizes)
- activities for children
- workshops, seminars and talks
- events promoting local services
- morning/afternoon tea
- excursions/day trips
Funding may be used for:
A range of items associated with staging an event/activity such as:
- equipment/venue hire
- healthy food (fruit and vegetables promoting the Go for 2 & 5 message of Healthway)
- non-alcoholic beverages
- Additional administrative costs incurred as an outcome of the specific activity such as mileage, phone, volunteer expenses.
Funding may not be used for:
- the purchase of capital equipment
- interstate and overseas travel
- individual prizes
- staff salaries cannot be funded.
Grants will be assessed against the following criteria:
- evidence of how the activity will support children’s learning and development against the following outcomes: health, mental/emotional/physical wellbeing, safety, identity, community, learning and communication
- strength of the organisations’ communication strategy to promote attendance at the activity
- reach of the activity (e.g. number of families, children, early childhood services and schools that can attend, number of sessions offered, age groups targeted, families from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, inclusion of CALD & ATSI communities).
- In determining the allocation of Children’s Week grants, Meerilinga will endeavour to ensure that the total of funded activities represents a balance across geographical locations, participant age groups, numbers and organisation types. Priority will be given to activities in local government areas that are experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.
How to apply
All applications are to be submitted online via the Children’s Week Grant Application Form by midnight, Saturday 31 July 2021.
Organisations can only apply for one grant. If you are a large organisation, please consider if any other parts of your organisation are also applying for a grant i.e. a local government council that operates multiple libraries.
Organisations will be notified of the outcome of their grant application in July 2021. Approved applications must register their event with the official Children’s Week WA calendar of activities. If you do not receive a grant, you still have the option to have your activity listed in the calendar of activities.
Assessment and notification
All applications will be reviewed against the selection criteria outlined in this document. All organisations that apply for funding will be notified via email of the outcome of their submission by Friday 13 August 2021.
Successful applicants in receipt of a Children’s Week grant are required to submit a short post-event report including photos of their event/activity on or prior to Friday 30 November 2021. This final report must be completed using the Grant Evaluation Report template and will give a summary of the participants and outcomes of the event/activity. You are most welcome to promote your event using this Event Poster Template. If you choose to create your own promotional materials, you will need to incorporate all of the grant supporters’ logos.
Final acquittal of your grant also requires a statement of income and expenditure for the event/activity, which must be certified by the authorised signatory of the organisation. Grant applications must clearly detail a breakdown of anticipated expenditure. Applicants must use the grant solely for the provision of the Children’s Week activity as detailed in their application. Children’s Week grants may be directed to costs such as:
- guest speakers, entertainment, performance or other artists
- learning or craft materials
- children’s prizes and certificates of participation or achievement
- additional administrative costs incurred as an outcome of the specific activity.
Organisations are encouraged to use the full value of their grant on their activity, as any unused funds must be returned to Meerilinga by 31 December 2021. For amounts unspent under $100, contact Meerilinga for permission to spend the remaining funds post-event, in line with the overall purpose of your approved event.
The report 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.
Grant monies will be transferred via EFT into the organisation’s nominated bank account on or before 20 August 2021.