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Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney

$2,000 Early Years Activities Grants Available To Local Communities

Victor P Taffa

Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney has encouraged communities eager to improve the wellbeing of young children, to apply for an Early Years Activities Grant worth up to $2,000.

The annual State Government funding investment of $300,000 is available to community groups and organisations across the State for activities targeting children aged 0-8 years, their families and carers.

“The first few years of a child’s life shape how they will develop in their ability to learn, foster positive relationships and interact at a social level.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“The aim of these grants is to identify early year priorities in local communities to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for the growth of young children, particularly in isolated communities where these options may not be so readily available.”

The Minister said activities to be promoted through the grants should seek to improve the wellbeing of young children in a community; support families in nurturing and caring for their children; and engage communities in the co-ordination of resources supporting early childhood.

The Latest Round of Successful Grant Recipients is:

  • Northside Grandparents Support Group in Guilderton – $1,999 to provide peer support and respite for grandparents and fun activities for their young grandchildren;
  • Excelsior Primary School – $1,999 to run a ‘Family Rhyme Time Program’, in Canning Vale, for families with children, aged 0-4 years, to become immersed in language and early literacy;
  • Warnbro Community and Family Centre – $1,920 plans to establish a community garden to promote positive interactions and strengthen relationships between children and families;
  • Milligan Community Learning and Resource Centre, in Bunbury, received $1,800 to target Noongar communities to work with parents and children to share information regarding keeping children safe;
  • A playgroup for young mothers aged between 15-25 years to be established at Busselton Family Centre received $1,720 to provide mothers with information on child development and parenting;
  • Kulungah Myah Family Centre, in Kardinya received $580 to run a series of workshops for fathers, grandfathers and children to provide opportunities for them to interact positively with each other.

Community groups and organisations interested in applying should contact their local Department for Communities children’s services officers located across the State.

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