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 sustained long term permanent injuries as a result of the incident.

Applicants must permanently live in Western Australia.

What can the Community Help Grants support?

The family or legal guardian of a child can apply for funding for any service, resource or item they feel will make a difference to the care and welfare of their child’s or family’s life. Royal Life Saving Society WA will consider supporting counselling, therapy sessions, purchase of equipment, necessary vehicle or housing modifications, specialised assistive technology for children with sensory, communication or physical impairments. If your child’s/family’s needs are different to those outlined above, please still complete the application form or contact us to discuss eligibility. All applications will be considered.

What are the funding criteria?

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

2. The family or legal guardian of the child can apply for funding for any service, resource or item they feel will make a difference to the child’s care and welfare or the family’s life.

3. Potential recipients must not have received funding in full for the requested service, resource or item from another organisation or entity. 

4. Royal Life Saving Society WA will consider co-funding an item of equipment, modifications or technology with another organisation or entity at the request of the applicant; however, co-funding is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of Royal Life Saving Society WA and the other proposed organisation.

5. Royal Life Saving Society WA will consider applications for retrospective funding for equipment, modifications or technology purchased/installed within the current financial year. That is, equipment, modifications or technology purchased/ installed between 1 July and 30 June within the current financial year will be considered for funding. 

6. Previous grant recipients may re-apply for funding when required for additional needs; however, funding will not be provided for anything that has previously been funded by a Community Help Grant and applications from families who have not previously received a grant will be prioritised.

7. The application must demonstrate how the funding will make a difference to the care and welfare of the child and/or the life of the family.

8. All funds are allocated at the absolute discretion of Royal Life Saving.

If you think you meet the criteria, apply now.

Grant examples include assistance with:

  • Installation of ramps enabling wheelchair access to the family home
  • Counselling for family members
  • Purchase of new wheelchair or other relevant equipment
  • Car modifications to enable carriage of wheelchair
  • Furniture to support your child with their disability
  • Repairs and/or maintenance to existing equipment, modifications or technology
  • Therapy sessions for the child