One of the greatest challenges when planning and building a nature play space is finding funds, resources and people to support your dream. A few funding options that may be worthwhile to investigate include:

It is also worth noting that nature playgrounds can be cheaper to construct than you might think. Many natural and recycled materials are available for free or at low cost. Check out some examples for inspiration. 

Nature play space in Denmark WA


Aurizon Community Giving Fund

Target Group Communities in Perth and WA's Mid West, South West, Goldfields or Esperance regions.
Amount $1,000 - $20,000
Key Assessment Criteria Projects that aim to improve health and wellbeing, community safety and education in the areas in which Aurizon operations and employees reside.

Aussie Farmers Foundation

Target Group Organisations with both Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.

$10,000 - $30,000

Key Assessment Criteria Initiatives that will make a difference to the health and wellbeing of Australian rural and regional communities.

Australia Council - Community Partnerships

Target Group Individuals, groups and organisations
Amount $20,000 -$35,000
Key Assessment Criteria One-off community arts and cultural development projects that have public outcomes, particularly regarding regional Australia, disability, young people, cultural diversity, emerging communities, Indigenous people, remote Indigenous communities, and specific critical social and cultural issues.

BUPA Health Foundation Grants Program

Target Group • Not-for-profit organisations
• Community groups
• Incorporated associations
• Cooperatives
• Companies limited by guarantee
Amount Min:$100,000
Key Assessment Criteria Funds new initiatives that provide a clear benefit to the Australian community in the key strategic areas of wellbeing, chronic disease, healthy ageing, and empowering people about their health.

Cadbury Fundraiser Community

Target Group Registered Cadbury fundraiser customers
Amount Up to $3,000
Key Assessment Criteria Three grant categories:
1. Community engagement
2. Healthy living
3. Learning and development.

Coca Cola Australia Foundation - Community

Target Group Charities with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, and local causes and charities connected to employees.
Amount Up to $25,000 (local causes) Up to $200,000 per annum (up to 3 years)(flagship partners).
Key Assessment Criteria

1. Flagship Partners: grants to charities with a clear and measurable program addressing an issue aligned with the CCAF mission, up to $200,000 per annum for up to three consecutive years. These grants are currently fully subscribed and will not be offered in 2018.

2. Employee Connected: grants to support local causes and charities connected to our employees, up to $25,000 as a one-off grant.

Coles Junior Landcare School Garden

Target Group Schools, kindergartens, daycare centres and youth groups seeking to educate young Australians about the environment.
Amount Up to $1000
Key Assessment Criteria Eligible activities include:
• Bush tucker/vegetable gardens.
• Composting and green waste recycling activities.
• Waterwise and carbon gardening activities.
• Purchase of kids gardening equipment.

Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund (SCF)

Target Group Organisations running programs that support children and youth up to 20 years old in Australia.
Amount Up to $10,000
Key Assessment Criteria Supports the health and wellbeing of Australian children. (Runs in three year funding rounds).

Department of Social Services - Strong & Resilient Communities (federal funding)

Target Group • Schools
• Non-profit foundations
• Service clubs
• Sporting bodies
• Ethno-specific organisations
• Youth organisations
• Local government authorities
• Universities/colleges of education
Amount $20,000-$150,000
Key Assessment Criteria

Three new grant programs:

1. Community Resilience grants – to support projects in communities to address potential or early signed of low social cohesion and/or racial, religious and cultural intolerance.
2. Inclusive Communities grants – to improve the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals to enhance overall life-time wellbeing and community belonging.
3. National Research grants – for research and advice projects that address emerging issues or provide innovative solutions to issues of national significance which impact upon community resilience and integration in Australia.

Department of Communities (state funding)

Target Group Incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local government authorities.
Amount Various / program dependent
Key Assessment Criteria

Communities’ grants support community based initiatives to enhance the lives of children, young people, seniors and families.  Specific assessment criteria are outlined in guidelines for each grant program as published on the Department's website.

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal Grants

Target Group • Communities with a population of 15,000 people or fewer.
• Not-for-profit, community-based organisations
• Local community groups
• Parents and citizens committee.
Amount Up to $10,000
Key Assessment Criteria Projects focused on creating education and employment opportunities in regional Australia.

Harold Mitchell Foundation

Target Group Organisations that have either Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) or Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Amount Up to $10,000
Key Assessment Criteria Programs in health, education and the arts that make a difference in Australia.

Healthway - Health Promotion Project Grants

Target Group • Children and youth
• Indigenous people
• Rural and remote communities
• People with disabilities
• People from culturally and linguistically-diverse backgrounds.
Amount Up to $10,000
Key Assessment Criteria Clearly defined health promotion activities and programs, particularly those focusing on Healthway priority health issues of tobacco control, reducing harm from alcohol, preventing overweight and obesity, and promoting good community and individual mental health. 

Ian Potter Organisation: Community Wellbeing

Target Group Organisations with both Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status.
Amount • Projects less than $20,000
• Projects more than $20,000
Key Assessment Criteria

Early intervention programs in the community such as:
transitioning from detention under the justice system;
reducing long-term unemployment with a focus on youth; and
assisting families at risk of, or experiencing, family violence to improve financial skills and maintain suitable, safe accommodation.

IMB Building Society - The IMB Community Foundation

Target Group Community organisations
Amount $1,000 - $3,000
Key Assessment Criteria

The Foundation supports projects that reflect its objectives, which include enhancing the economic self-sufficiency of communities, as well as generating economic, social, cultural, environmental, tourism and educational benefits for those communities.

Lotterywest - Community Spaces Outdoor

Target Group Local government authorities and not-for-profit organisations, ranging from small unincorporated groups to large multi-functional organisations.
Amount $1,000 upwards
Key Assessment Criteria

Outdoor community spaces grants help create spaces for people to come together and take part in activities that benefit their well-being. Whether it’s skate parks, playgrounds, memorials, and community gardens, they all play an important role in the WA community.

Myer Foundation Small Grants

Target Group

Australian incorporated organisations that have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as Tax Concession Charities (TCC).

Amount Up to $50,000
Key Assessment Criteria

Programs addressing:

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing.

RAC Sponsorship - Community Partnerships

Target Group

• Not-for-profit organisation
• Registered charity
• Local government
• School
• Community group

Amount Up to $20,000
Key Assessment Criteria

This program aims to support innovative and sustainable community initiatives that align closely with RAC's mobility themes.  Theme of mobility should be safe, sustainable and accessible.

Waste Authority: Community Grants Scheme

Target Group

Community-based groups including local interest groups and environment groups.

Amount Up to $20,000
Key Assessment Criteria

Small scale community projects that improve the management of waste in Western Australia.

Please note: all information correct at time of publication.  This list should be used as a guide only, and Nature Play WA cannot provide advice as to elegibility criteria for funding for individual projects.

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