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Tips for managing multiple grant applications

If you're thinking of submitting multiple grant applications, there's a few things to consider. In this article, we offer some helpful tips and look at an industrious not-for-profit organisation from Western Australia's northwest that secured both Lotterywest and Healthway grants.

Michael Gill

Knowledge & Insights Officer

04 April 2024


Does your project have funding cross-over appeal? You might be seeking funding for new community infrastructure as well as looking to develop workshops in those new facilities that will provide ongoing community benefits.

Well, let's look at a real-life scenario that received funding support from both Lotterywest and Healthway.


Mungullah Community facility upgrade in the Gascoyne

In 2022, a Lotterywest grant supported facility improvements in the Mungullah Community, located 7km east of Carnarvon in the Gascoyne region. The Mungullah Community is a self-managed Aboriginal Corporation aimed at developing a stronger, more self-sufficient community that provides for the needs of 300 local people.

To do this, the corporation works in partnership with not-for-profit organisation the ABC Foundation.

Aimed at boosting local amenity, the ABC Foundation Ltd successfully applied for a Lotterywest grant of $1.5M to help fund upgrades of the community hall, community kitchen, youth precinct, playground, and family centre.

An important hub in the community, the facilities offer spaces for various activities including community support programs, where a $30,000 grant provided by Healthway came into play.

To create a greater sense of community belonging, the Healthway grant supported the introduction of Mungullah Aboriginal Community Basketball Carnivals. A terrific opportunity for community members to develop new coaching, playing and umpiring skills, the program encouraged local children, youth, and adults to participate in an initial carnival and set the scene for ongoing sports carnivals into the future.


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Mungullah Community Basketball Carnival Gallery

Maybe you have a similar project that could benefit from both Lotterywest and Heathway funding. If so, we have some helpful tips to consider when developing your project.

Establish who funds what?

Open year-round, Lotterywest grants can support projects or activities that have a clear community benefit and contribute to an outcome in the Community Investment Framework.

In summary, the framework’s five priority areas work to support WA’s diverse community, connect the community through arts and culture, foster sustainable ecosystems, encourage innovation, and support initiatives that promote healthy lifestyles.

Each priority has supporting statements that highlight the outcomes your idea should set out to achieve to support the WA community. If you need further details, Lotterywest can work with you to define how your idea contributes to one or more of the outcomes.

Lotterywest Grant programs are available to not-for-profit organisations (i.e., none of the profits go to owners or shareholders) or local government authorities in the following areas:

Grassroots & Community Initiatives – help build stronger and healthier communities by supporting local activities and regional community initiatives
Developing Solutions –
assist in the development of solutions that will have a greater community impact.

From time to time, Lotterywest may also have grant rounds to target specific needs or opportunities. To stay in the loop, subscribe to the Lotterywest mailing list for the latest updates.

Looking at Healthway, potential grants should relate to sport, arts, community activities, health promotion projects and research that inspire Western Australians - especially young people - to live healthier lives.

Most Healthway grant applications are also open year-round and proposed projects should align with the following priority areas:

Healthy Partnerships – Funding for sports, arts and racing programs to provide healthy environments, and to educate and promote good health
Creating Healthy Spaces – Funding for junior sporting clubs and community recreation centres to provide healthy food environments
Healthy Communities – Funding for health promotion projects within our community, including the Healthy Schools Program
Health Promotion Research – Funding for health promotion research that builds the evidence base and research capacity through fellowships and scholarships.

While Lotterywest and Healthway have separate application and assessment processes, the Lotterywest Healthway Grants Portal provides one central online destination for applicants to submit their grant request to either or both organisations, track their progress and manage approved grants.

Streamlining management of the grant life cycle, the portal offers a live status look at grant requests as they move through the approval and acquittal process. If you plan to apply to both organisations for the same project, our team can work with you to help simplify the process.

For more details about the benefits of the Grants Portal, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page and for ongoing updates about Healthway funding opportunities, subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter.


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Put the Impact Planner into action

With three easy interactive online tools, the Community Impact Hub’s Impact Planner helps you understand your vision, plan your impact, report on any outcomes, and present it to others. The resource helps you focus on what is important, helps to define outcomes and impacts and helps to identify what a potential grant would fund.

Available free via the Community Impact Hub, the Impact Planner features Understand Your Vision, Plan Your Impact and Measure Your Outcomes sections, which are designed to help with planning your initiative, whether it is a project, program or intervention.

For any questions or a demonstration of any of the tools and resources on the Community Impact Hub, please email our Knowledge and Insights team at 

Be realistic with your budget

When drafting your budget, always be realistic. Avoid underselling or overselling the cost of the project or program.

If the project's delivery is outside your resources, or you need someone with technical knowledge to help make it a reality, it can be helpful to include extra information about the potential costs to engage an appropriate project resource.

Allow enough time

The assessment timeframe for Lotterywest and Healthway grant applications is four months. Keep this timeframe in mind when developing your project, as the longer the lead time in submitting your application, the more opportunity you have to make adjustments along the way.

For more information about the grants process and the Lotterywest Healthway Grants Portal, phone 133 777 with any queries. Alternatively, please email or with your questions.

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