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Pending an evaluation of the grants program and Government consideration of the best way to support social innovation from 2014/2015, we are not accepting new applications at this time.
In May 2010, the Premier of Western Australia, Hon Colin Barnett MLA, announced the establishment of a Social Innovation Grants Program to promote innovation in the delivery of social and community services. Funding of $2 million in 2010-11 and $4 million thereafter for each year of the program would be available for prospective organisations.
Social innovation is all about developing new ideas, such as products, services or models, that will better meet social needs and bring social benefits to the community. To be socially innovative, an organisation must understand the needs of the community it serves and be willing to try new strategies to meet those needs in a more tailored and targeted way. It is widely acknowledged that not-for-profit community sector organisations are best placed to understand and meet the needs of local communities.
The program aims to make effective changes to community services by: