Help Grants

Reducing the Burden of Drowning

The Royal Life Saving Society WA is committed to reducing the impact of drowning on the Western Australian community. Our primary aim is to prevent drowning from occurring through education to assist all West Australians in understanding how to keep themselves and their families safe around water. However, when a fatal or non-fatal drowning incident occurs we’re also determined to provide support; both practical and emotional, for families and individuals affected.

For every child that drowns in WA up to 10 are hospitalised following a non-fatal drowning incident, with up to four of these suffering serious lifelong health implications including brain injuries. According to the World Health Organisation’s “World report on child injury prevention” these injuries are estimated to have the highest average lifetime cost of any injury type, and have a great impact on families, including psychosocial consequences for victims, siblings, parents and other caregivers.

Apply for a Grant

Royal Life Saving Society WA is providing support for these families through our Keep Watch Community Help Grants. These grants, of up to $2,500 each, can provide financial assistance for counselling, therapy, equipment, modifications, technology purchase or other resources to help make a difference in the lives of children impacted by a non-fatal drowning incident.

Community Help Grants are available to the family or legal guardian of a child that has been impacted by a non-fatal drowning incident, or the child (who is still under 18 years of age) has suffered long term permanent injuries as a result of the incident.

Applicants must permanently live in Western Australia.

You can download the full eligibility criteria and application form below. 

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We’re also offering peer-to-peer support counselling for families impacted by drowning and non-fatal drowning, and encourage those affected by a drowning incident to contact us for advice and support.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

We provided funding for continued physiotherapy for a family whose daughter was involved in a drowning incident in 2013. The therapy will assist her muscle movement and development.

Grant 2

We provided a family with funding for transport, fuel, parking, and expenses to assist with continued travel to the hospital where their son was receiving specialised medical treatment following a drowning incident.

Grant 3

We provided funding for a specialised bicycle to assist in physiotherapy and motor skill development for a young boy who was involved in a drowning incident.

Contact Us

For further information please contact us.

Simone Soto-Flores crouching beside her son Ari in his wheelchair

Simone Soto Flores

Read about the impact a Community Help Grant made for this family following a non-fatal drowning.


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