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Community Grants Program


The purpose of the program is to develop and actively support not-for-profit community organisations and individuals who positively contribute to community wellbeing and the cultural life of the region.

The grants program enables the Shire to recognise leadership and individual achievement, build community capacity and sustainability, develop cultural identity and support initiatives that respond to identified community needs.


Application Forms

If you are considering making a Community Grant application, our Community Development Officer is more than happy to discuss your project and work with you to develop your proposal and confirm that your project and organisation is a good match for a Community Grant. Please call 9071 0678 to discuss.

Prior to making a Grant application, please read the 2023/2024 Community Grants Program Guidelines.

A good application reflects that you have read the guidelines and collected the specified ancilliary information, while also demonstrating your skill, ability and commitment to managing a successful project.

Please choose from the below active application forms. Hardcopies are available from the Shire of Esperance Administration Building. Application forms and ancilliary information can be emailed to; posted to PO Box 507, Esperance WA 6450; or hand delivered to the Shire Administration Building, Windich St Esperance.

Application Form - Small Grant (Up to $3,000) 

Application Form - Small Grant Representation (Up to $500

Application Form - Annual Grant  (Above $3,000) - Form has been Disabled - Applications expected to re-open in January 2024 for projects commencing from August 2024

For Annual Grants: If your organisation does not prepare a Balance Sheet or equivalent please attach a Statement of Assets and Liabilities Form to your application. It is strongly recommended that applications are not left to the last week or final closing date before submission. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

Unincorporated groups can apply, providing they are auspiced by an incorporated organisation that can manage the grant on behalf of the applicant. A letter agreeing to auspice and a copy of their Certificate of Incorporation must accompany the application.

The high demand for funding under the Council’s Community Grants Program will mean that not all grant applications can be approved. Although an application may meet the assessment criteria, grants are highly competitive and approval will depend on available funds and the number and quality of applications.

Accountability Report Forms (for successful applicants)

An Accountability report must be provided on the prescribed forms within 60 days of the completion of the project or 30th September following the grant year - which ever falls first. 

Funds must be spent as approved and in line with the Community Grants Guidelines.

The Accountability report must include a report of budgeted and actual expenditure, a good-quality image of your project/group and tangible evidence of:

  • grant funds being spent (i.e. invoices/receipts);
  • recognition of Shire contribution; 
  • evidence to support performance indicators.             


For 2022/2023 Community Grants Program Applications 

Accountabilty Report - Small Grant

Accountability Report - Small Grant - Representation 

Accountability Report - Annual Grant 

For 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 Community Grants Program Applicants:

Accountability Report - Grants $1,000 or less (Support Category)

Accountability Report - Grants $5,000 or less

Accountability Report - Grants More than $5,000                                                                                                                                                                                      

Please email the report and all ancilliary documentation to, post it to PO Box 507 Esperance WA 6450, or hand deliver it to the Shire Administration Building, Windich St Esperance.

List of Successful Community Grants Projects



Small Grants (to date)

Esperance Bay Yacht Club - 66th Pelican State Titles 2024
Esperance Squash Club - Yellow Dot Ball 2023
Esperance District Football Association - Hepburn Medal Awards Event
Representation: Niamh Murphy - AFL School Sports WA AFL Girls Team
Representation: Aiden Finlay Mulligan - Squash Australian Junior Squash Championship
Rotary Club of Esperance - Swim Challenge
Museum Villiage Markets - Tourist Season Music Sessions
Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group - EMRG Collectors Fair 2023

Annual Grants

Esperance Music Festival (Inc) - EVENT Esperance Music Festival 2023 (in Kind)
Esperance Rotary Club Inc - EVENT: New Years Eve Fireworks
Esperance Rotary Club Inc - EVENT: Australia Day at Adventureland Park
Recerche Aged Welfare Committee Incorporated - Install reticulation 
Esperance Golf Club (Inc.) - Upgrade Waterpumps
The Scout Association of Australia, Western Australian Branch - Toowacka Campsite Activation
Ports Football Club Esperance Incorporated - Shower Upgrade - Home Rooms
Esperance Care Services Inc. - Waste Recycling & Disposal / Fabric Recycling
The Esperance Bay Historical Society (Inc) - Esperance Historic Homesteads Documentary Series
Esperance Football Club - Replacement Lighting


Small Grants 

Mallee Schools - Annual Mallee Muster 
Rotary Club of Esperance - Blue Sky Esperance
Museum Village Markets - Live Music Sessions
Esperance Care Services - 50th Anniversary of Youthcare
Esperance District Football Association Inc - Annual Awards Night
Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group - Collectors Fair 
Esperance Lions Club Inc - Carols By Candlelight 
Esperance Theatre Guild Inc - Production: Black Bart
Recherche Aged Welfare Committee Inc - Tree Pruning 
Lifespan Network (Auspiced by Escare Inc) - Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Awareness
Cascade Primary School Parents and Citizens’ Association Incorporated - Annual Mallee Muster 
The Esperance Bay Historical Society (Inc) - Founding History Booklet
Esperance Twilight Aerials Gymnastics Academy (Inc.) - Team Gym Classic
Coastal Warriors Cricket Club - New Pitch
Stars Foundation Limited  - Awards Night
Esperance Volunteer Fire & Rescue Services - Juniors State Championships
Salmon Gums Development Group (Incorporated) - Community Christmas Tree
Esperance Poultry Association (Inc) - Improvements, Equipment & Event Expenses
Esperance Rugby Association Inc. - Club Establishment
Esperance-Goldfields Surf Lifesaving Club Inc - Youth Leadership Pathway Course
Esperance Taekwondo Academy (Inc) - Improve the Esperance Taekwondo Academy
Esperance Sonshine Broadcasters Inc / 103.9HopeFM Community Radio - Christmas Movie Night 
Esperance Golf Club (Inc.) - Esperance Golf Classic 2023
Rotary Club of Esperance Bay 2022 - New Years Eve Fireworks
Esperance Tennis Club - March Tornament 
Esperance Cycling Club - Tour De Esperance 

Ports Football Club Inc - Umpires Dressing Room Upgrade
Des Neale - State Representation - Clay Target Shooting
Country Womens Association of Western Australia (CWA Esperance) - Improve Security
Esperance Hockey Association - Equipment
Cannery Arts Centre Inc - Clay Pottery Sump Clean-out
Esperance Wildflower Society Inc - Safety Equipment for Volunteers


Annual Grants

Esperance-Goldfields Surf Lifesaving Club Inc - Emergency Response & SLS Storage Facility
Esperance Rotary Club Inc Esperance - Community Storage Shed Extension
Esperance Care Services - Waste Recycling & Disposal / Fabric Recycling
Esperance Zone Innovation EZI Group Inc - Bushfire Water Network Pilot
Esperance Rotary Club Inc - Australia Day at Adventureland Park
Esperance Community Arts - Esperance Wildflower Festival 2022
Cannery Arts Centre - Esperance Art Awards
Esperance Pistol Club Inc Air Pistol - Target System Upgrade


Support Category Grants 

Esperance District Football Association -  Hepburn Medal Awards Night 

Aiden Finlay-Mulligan - State Sports Representation - Squash 

Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group Inc - Annual Collectors Fair

Esperance Lifespan Network - Mental Health Week Pop Up Café 

Clontarf Foundation (Esperance Academy) - Awards Night

Stars Foundation (Esperance Girls Academy) - Awards Night

Restore Hope Foundation - New Fridge

Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club Inc. - Cadets Development Weekend

Esperance Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service - State Jnr Open

Esperance Golf Club - Golf Classic

Lions Club of Esperance - Carols in the Soundshell

Rotary Club of Esperance Bay - New Year's Eve Event

Esperance Cycling Club - Tour de Esperance 2022

Rotary Club of Esperance - 2022/23 Esperance & Districts Telephone Directory

Esperance Community Arts - Harmony Week Event

Esperance Clay Target Club - 60th Annual Easter Carnival / State Championship Event

Salmon Gums Development Group - Community Party

Restore Hope Foundation Esperance - Purchase of Fridge

Saving Animals From Euthanasia - Puchase of Cat Enclosure

Esperance Soccer Club - ANZAC Cup 2022

Esperance Veteran Car Club - Electrical Upgrades

Esperance Bay Yacht Club - HiVis Vests 

Esperance & Districts Agricultural Society - Equestrian Jumping Equipment

Esperance Tennis Club - Junior Development Coaching

Esperance Basketball Association - Hosting NBL1 Game

Esperance Netball Association - Coaching Equipment

Assistance Category Grants 

103.9 Hope FM Esperance Community Radio - Equipment Upgrade
Coastal Warriors Cricket Club Inc - Bowling Machine
Condingup Basketball Association Inc - Upgrade of Fixtures & Court Safety
Esperance Playgroup Association - Shade Sails
Esperance Soccer Association (Inc.) - Soccer Goals
Moving Movies Esperance Inc. - Summer Season
Mudjar Aboriginal Corporation - Eradicate Castor Oil Plant
Bay of Isles Babes - Red Hatters Riot in the Regions
Christian Aboriginal Parent-Directed School Inc - Wongutha Campus - Sports Supports School Success

Development Category Grants

The Cannery Arts Centre (Inc) - Core Costs
Esperance Brass Band Incorporated - Operating Costs
Esperance Care Services Inc. - Waste Recycling & Disposal Project
Esperance Community Arts (Inc) - Annual Program
Esperance Golf Club (Inc.) -  Automated Reticulation Installation
Esperance Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Junior -  Fire Brigade Building Additions
Ports Football Club - Lighting

Events Category Grants

Cannery Arts Centre (Inc) - Art on the Move Exhibitions
Condingup Primary School Parents and Citizens' Association Incorporated - Condingup Community Fair 
Esperance Community Arts (Inc) - Esperance Wildflower Festival
Grass Patch Community Development Association - Grass Patch Yabby Classic
Kids Fun Day Out Committee - Kids Fun Day Out 
Esperance Music Festival (Inc) - 49th Annual Esp. Music Fest.
Rotary Club of Esperance Inc - Australia Day Family Fun Day 


Support Category Grants 

Esperance District Football Association - Awards Night Venue Hire 

Local Environmental Action Forum LEAF - Enviromentaly Friendly Weed Killer Trial

Esperance Care Services - Live Music / Community Engagement

Cannery Arts Centre - Art of Isolation Workshops & Exhibition 

Royal Flying Doctor WA Esperance Auxiliary Inc - Removal of Excess Bark/Mulch

Esperance Girls Academy - Awards Night Venue Hire 

Clontarf Foundation - Awards Night Venue Hire 

Surfers Netball Club - Mixed Netball Competition

Coastal Safety Work Group - Awareness Campaign

Esperance Surf Lifesaving Club - Bremer Bay Carnival

Condingup Bowling Club - Coaching Equipment

Ports Cricket Club - Synthetic Cricket Pitch

Esperance Lions Club - Carols in the Soundshell

Esperance Squash Club Inc - Esperance Squash Club Open 2021

Esperance Golf Club - Esperance Golf Classic

RSL Esperance Sub Branch -  Exhibition: The ANZAC Victoria Cross Story (19th-21st April)

Esperance Clay Target Club - 59th Annual Easter Carnival 2nd-4th April

Esperance Toy Library - Portable Shelving

Esperance Motorcycling Club - Kitchen Fixtures & Fittings

Esperance Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service - Easter Carnival

Esperance Community Arts - Chris Seimer Retrospective Exhibition

Esperance Bay Yacht Club - Hobie Cat 16 2021 WA State Title Regatta

10th Light Horse - Esperance Troop Inc - Uniforms

Esperance Taekwondo Academy - Training Equipment

Ports Football Club - Injury Prevention Workshop

Esperance Community Fundraising Group - Trailer Cover

Esperance Pistol Club Iinc - National Come & Try Day

Veteran Car Club Esperance Branch - Seal ground in front of Clubrooms

Assistance Category Grants

Esperance & Districts Agricultural Society - Rent Assistance
Cannery Arts Centre Inc - Touring Exhibition
Castletown Primary School P&C Association Inc - Nature Playground
Moving Movies Esperance Inc - 2020/21 Summer Season
Esperance Scout Group - Revitalisation Of the Scout Hall - Stage 1 

Development Category Grants

Esperance Brass Band inc - Operating Costs
The Cannery Arts Centre Inc - 2020/21 Artistic Program
Esperance Care Services Inc - Rubbish Disposal
Esperance Community Arts Inc - Annual Program
Esperance Pony Club - All Weather Surface Horse Riding Arena
Ports Football Club - Upgrade Public Toilets & Replace Windows
Tor Youth Shed Incorporated - Multi-Court Project
Remote Control Car Club - Toilets

Events Category Grants

Cascades Town Recreation Association - 40th Anniversary Cascades Hall
Condingup Primary School P&C - Condingup Community Fair 2021
Esperance Community Arts -  Readers & Writers Esperance 2021 Program
Kids Fun Day Out - Kids Fun Day Out 2021
Rotary Club of Esperance - Australia Day 2021


Support Category Grants

Esperance Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service -  Awards Night 

Esperance Wildflower Society Inc - Wildflower Festival

Esperance Tjaltjraak Services - 2019 NAIDOC Ball

BOICO - Waste Services

Keep Esperance Beautiful - Clean Up Events

Esperance Pony Club - One Day Event 

Lifespan Network - Mental Health Week Event

Esperance Taekwando Academy - Equipment - Scoreboard Laptop

Esperance Mechanical Resoration Group - Collectors Fair 

Esperance Girls Academy - Awards Night

EDRA  - Sports Star of the Year

Esperance Book Talk - Website Development

Esperance Goldfields Surf Lifesaving Club - Leadership/Team Building Camp

The Lions Club of Esperance - Carols By Candlight 

Clontarf Foundation - Esperance Academy Awards Night

Esperance Care Services M&M Activities - Pool Events

Ruby Benjamin Animal Foundation - Subsidied Pet Steraliation

State Representation - Stella Wildberger - Tennis 

Esperance Ultimate Frisbee Club Inc - Skylab Classic 2020

Esperance Golf Club - Golf Classic Event 2020

Esperance Cycling Club -Tour De Esperance 2020

Centercare Inc - Harmony Day 2020

Esperance Motorcycle Club - Riding School

Centrecare Inc - Harmony Day Event 

Esperance Motorcycle Club - Riding School

PCYC - Blue LIght Disco

Esperance Climate Action Group - Film Screening

Esperance Bay & Districts CWA - Community Catering Caravan

Gibson Junior Football Club - Lockable Cupboards

Assistance Grants

103.9 HopeFM - Community Radio Equipment Installation

Esperance Soccer Association - Portable Goals

Pink Lake Golf Club - Electricity Source Realignment 

Esperance Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service - Firefighting equipment

Cannery Arts Centre Exhibition Fees - Professional Development 

Esperance Brass Band - Operating Costs 

Rotary Club of Esperance Bay - Adventure Camp Esperance 2020

Development Category

Esperance Cycling Club - Velodrome Fence Upgrade

Esperance Regional Tourism Inc - Feature Film 

Esperance Care Services - Waste Management 

Esperance Tennis Club - Boundary Fencing Replacement 

Esperance Community Arts 

Cannery Arts Centre 

Events Category

Condingup Primary School P&C - Condingup Fair 2020 

Grass Patch Community Development Association - Grass Patch Yabbie Classic

Rotary Club of Esperance Bay - Esperance Foreshore Festival & Fireworks

Kids Fun Day Out - Kids Fun Day Out 2019

Moving Movies - Moving Movies Season 2019/20 



Support Grants

Saving Animals from Euthinasia Inc -  Esperance Live Performance at Bijou 
Esperance Motorcycle Club - Riding School 
Keep Esperance Beautiful - Hungry Bins
Esperance Anglican Wildflower Festival - Esperance Anglican Wildflower Festival 
Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group Inc - Collectors Fair 
ECA for Esperance Photographers Club - Steve Parish Workshop 
Esperance Anglican Community School - Volleyball Team
State Representation - Zoe McCann 
EDRA - Sports Star of the Year 
Esperance Girls Academy - Graduation Ceremony 
Our Lady Star of the Sea - Automated External Defibillator
Ruby Benjamin Animal Foundation - Subsidised Sterilisation
Anchor WA - Pilot Program
Escare Inc - Mental Health Week Community Event 
Esperance Aboriginal Family and Community Development Group  - NAIDOC Family Fun Day
Esperance Theatre Guild - Halloween Event 
Cannery Arts Centre - Flotsam & Jetsam Exhibition
Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club - Mooring Bouys
Cascade Recreation Association - Replacement Cricket Pitch
Esperance Softball Association - Corporate Fun Day (7th Oct)
Esperance Crisis Accommodation Service - White Ribbon Family Day 
RSL Esperance Sub-Branch - Rememberance Day Event
Local Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) - Documentary Screening 
Esperance Ultimate Frisbee Club - Skylab Classic 2019 
Moving Movies Esperance Inc - Soundshell Hire
Lions Club of Esperance - Carols By Candlelight
Kids Fun Day Out - Storage
Esperance Scout Group - State Camp
Esperance Triathalon Club - Olympic Distance Triathalon 
Outta The Shed - Go-to-Whoa & 1/8 Mile Speed Test 
Gibson Football Club - Automated External Defibillator Cabinet
Esperance Clay Target Club - 58th Annual Easter Carnival
Esperance Golf Club - Esperance Annual Classic
St John Ambulance Sub Centre - Equipment - Shredder
Hope FM - Watoto Chior Concert
Adventureland Management Committee - Planning Fee
Esperance Soccer Association - Canteen Equipment
Esperance Cycling Club - Tour De Esperance 2019

Assistance Grants

Cannery Arts Centre - Kickarts School Holiday Programming 

Esperance Volunteer Sea Search & Rescue - Equipment - Drone 

Esperance Brass Band - Operational Costs

Esperance Amateur Swim Club Swim Club - Shade Shelters

Esperance Triathlon Club - Trailer 

Esperance Toy Library - Improve the Esperance Toy Library

Esperance Emergency Services Day Committee - Esperance Emergency Services Day

Esperance Table Tennis Club - Table Tennis Tables  

Development Grants

Cannery Arts Centre - Art Lab Workshops

Esperance Cycling Club Esperance - Velodrome Upgrade

Esperance Squash Club Inc - Kitchen Amenities and Flooring Upgrade

Clontarf Foundation - Engaging Teenage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Males in Education & Employment 

Esperance Care Services - Rubbish Disposal & Recycling


RSL Esperance - Armistice Learning Journey

Esperance Music Festival - 47th Annual Esperance Music Festival

Esperance Cycling Club - Tour d'Esperance 

Rotary Club of Esperance Bay - Esperance Foreshore Festival & Fireworks 

Esperance Squash Club - WA Squash State League Matches

Esperance Volleyball Association Inc. - Volleyball WA Beach Volleyball Tour Round

Condingup Primary School P&C Association - Condingup Community Fair


Assistance & Support

Our Community Development Officer is here to support you through the entire Community Grants Process.

They can be contacted directly on 9071 0678, or pop into the Shire Administration Building to discuss your application.

You can also send an enquiry to the Community Development Officer: