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.

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 (such as wheelchair restraints or wheelchair ramps), 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 complete the application. All applications will be considered.

What are the funding criteria?

1. Available to the family or legal guardian of a child that has been impacted by a drowning or the child (who is still under 18 years of age) has suffered long term permanent injuries as a result of a non-fatal drowning accident.

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 agree they have not received funding in full for the requested service, resource or item from another organisation or entity.

4. Royal Life Saving  will consider co-funding* an item of equipment, modifications or technology with another organisation or entity at the request of the applicant. *At the discretion of Royal Life Saving and the proposed co-funding organisation.

5. Royal Life Saving will consider applications for retrospective funding allocation for equipment, modifications or technology purchased/installed up to 3 months prior to the funding application.

6. How will the funding make a difference to the care and welfare of the child’s life?

7. How will the funding make a difference in the child’s family and/or legal guardian’s life?

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:

  • Carpentry expenses for installation of ramps enabling wheelchair access to the family home
  • Counselling for family members
  • Purchase of new wheelchair
  • 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
  • Manipulative Therapy sessions for the child