How to Apply
If you represent a community group or project that is considering approaching the West End Community Fund for support, please read the information on this page to decide if your cause is suitable.
Who can apply?
The main goal of the WECF is to help South Australian communities. So we give priority to projects that have a high need, fill a gap in or enhance current services, and benefit a large number of residents. We're always interested in ideas that expand already successful programs to help more people and areas, or serve areas that receive limited community funding otherwise. Please take a look at our eligibility checklist for more detail.
When are the grants awarded?
The WECF meets three times each year to discuss the applications received in the relevant period. The key dates for each funding round are as follows:
Application Period Notifications
February to May
June to September
October to January
Grant money has to be used within 12 months of approval.
How are they decided?
First, applications are screened by the WECF committee to ensure that they are complete and fit the eligibility criteria. The committee then evaluates the eligible applications and awards grants to projects that it considers to be the most worthy and rewarding.
Applications should be for:
Community projects and causes in South Australia
Worthwhile projects - typically disaster relief; meeting a community need; or providing a public facility or service.
Projects delivering sustainable, high quality community benefits.
Projects with a high level of community support.
Projects backed by the community’s own energy, initiative and fundraising.
Projects that demonstrate financial accountability.
Projects with a coherent plan for implementation, completion and measuring benefits to the community.
Projects that are willing to cooperate in promoting the WECF and its support.
Projects that demonstrate a considered approach to the application process.
Disasters that occur outside SA at the WECF committee's discretion, on a case by case basis.
Applications can NOT be for:
Projects promoted by political, religious or school organisations; or of a political or religious nature.
Projects without a high level of community support.
Projects that are commercial in nature.
Projects that are primarily aimed at the promotion or sponsorship of children.
Funding for community services unless deemed relevant outside of general funding from the emergency services levy.
Projects that could cause a conflict of interest for the WECF, West End or Lion Nathan.