Community Funding Programs


The Shire of Broome Community Funding Programs aim to enable the Shire to make a proactive contribution to social and economic development across Shire boundaries.

Funds are provided to assist local community-based organisations and develop social, cultural, economic, recreational, environmental and reconciliation projects and initiatives.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Shire to discuss their project prior to submitting an application on 9191 3456.

Community Funding is provided through the following streams: 

Ad Hoc Sponsorship Programs 

Grants available up to $1,000

Ad Hoc Sponsorship applications are accepted year round. Please submit your application at least 4 weeks prior to your event or commencement of you project.

Please read the Sponsorship Guidelines below before completing your application.

Ad Hoc Community Sponsorships

The Ad Hoc Community Sponsorship Program has been developed to provide funds quickly to support smaller projects and initiatives.

Funds assist community based organisations within the Shire of Broome for the development of social, cultural, economic, recreational, environmental, and reconciliation projects and initiatives that benefit the local community.

Venue Hire Sponsorship

Venue hire sponsorship is available for community groups and not-for-profit organisations seeking a fee waiver, to host an event at the following Shire of Broome facilities – Civic Centre, BRAC - complex or a sporting competition, season or game at Male Oval, Haynes Oval, Father McMahon and Joseph “Nipper” Roe fields. 

Sponsorship is available for up to $1,000 of the cost of venue hire.

To determine availability of the venue and to secure a booking, applicants are encouraged to contact the Shire of Broome Bookings Officer and Venue Supervisor or the BRAC Bookings and Administration Officer (BRAC Facilities).  A quote for the venue hire must also be obtained and submitted with your sponsorship application.

Venue hire sponsorship is subject to venue availability and relevant event permits and approvals.

How to submit applications

Complete the application form(s)  and submit it using one of the following options:

  • Email your sponsorship application to the Shire
  • Post your application to Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Broome, PO Box 44, Broome WA 6725
  • Hand deliver your application to Shire of Broome Administration Office, 27 Weld Street, Broome.

Community Development Fund

Community Development Fund

The Community Development Fund (CDF) invests in events, projects and initiatives within the Shire of Broome, that deliver long term social or economic benefits to the local community. Funding is available for organisations that meet CDF objectives and have secured 50% of the project costs from other sources. 

The CDF is a new fund for the Shire in 2023 that brings together the previous Annual Community Matched Funding and Events Development Fund programs. The new program improves accessibility for applicants and streamlines the assessment process for the Shire, enabling a more transparent and impactful process for social investment.  

The Community Development Fund will open for applications on January 10, 2023.  

Funding streams 

There are three streams of funding: 

  1. Community projects and initiatives seeking a funding contribution of $500 - $10,000  

  2. Events seeking a funding contribution of $10,000 - $40,000  

  3. PEARL events seeking a funding contribution of more than $40,000. Applications to this stream are by invite only.  

Applicants are only permitted to apply to one stream per financial year.  

Projects where the main activity is the delivery of an event are required to apply to Streams 2 or 3. Projects where an event is only part of the activity, where community benefit is high and where the applicant is only seeking up to $10,000, may wish to apply to Stream 1. 

Funding rounds 

Streams 1 and 2 

Applications are open annually from January 10, closing at 4pm, March 20, for events occurring between July 1 and June 30 the following financial year. Applications will be assessed following the closing date and applicants will be notified of the outcome by 30 April 2023 - see guidelines attached below.

Stream 3

To be eligible for Stream 3, the event must be designated a PEARL event at an Ordinary Meeting of Council. An organization interested in being considered as a PEARL event must request this, in writing, before October 30 each year prior to the call for applications. 

Funding priorities 

The CDF enables the Shire to prioritise projects, initiatives and events that address current needs within the shire, as detailed in the Strategic Community Plan and informed by the Shire’s Community Scorecard 2022. Applicants to all streams will need to demonstrate how they help address one or more of the listed priorities. Note that priorities may change from year to year. The strategic priorities for 2023 – 2024 are:  
  • Children & Young People - increasing the likelihood of young people being happy, healthy contributors to their communities. Projects that include and/or target at-risk youth and include Youth Diversionary activity are highly desirable.  

  • Community Safety - creating a safe and thriving community in Broome. Projects that reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour and improve community perceptions of safety are highly desirable.   

  • Economic Impact - developing a diverse, sustainable and thriving economy in Broome. Events should aim to either increase the length of stay and expenditure of current visitors or increase new visitation (particularly in the ‘shoulder season’ of March – May and October – November). 

  • Social Impact - supporting social cohesion, inclusiveness, equal opportunity and the wellbeing of the community.  

Further information on the types of activity supported under these priorities can be found within the stream guidelines.  

Funding periods 

Applicants may apply for either one, two three years of funding. Multi-year funding agreements will only be provided to projects or events that have secured CDF* funding previously and successfully acquitted their grant.  

*or equivalent previous Shire of Broome funding programs including the Annual Community Matched Funding Sponsorship, Economic, Events and Tourism Development Fund or Events Development Fund.  


Eligibility criteria varies between funding streams, please review the following carefully and get in touch with the Shire should you have any queries.  

How to apply 

  1. Carefully read the guidelines for the funding stream you are interested in applying to.  

  2. Attend one of the pre-application workshops or contact the Economic Development Coordinator on  (08) 9191 8789 or  if you have any questions. Pre-application workshops will be held in February 2023 and will be advertised in January. 

  3. Fill in the application form, making sure to upload any supporting documentation by the due date. Application forms will be uploaded in advance of the opening date on 10 January. 

Please read the full guidelines before submitting your application. Pre-application workshops will be held prior to the closing date. Details will be added to this webpage in January.   

The below table should help applicants decide which stream to apply for. Applicants must then read the guidelines for the appropriate stream prior to applying.  


Community projects
$500 - $10,000 

$10,000 - $40,000  

PEARL events

Must be a not-for-profit organisation


 N/A  N/A
Must be an incorporated organisation
(for profit or not for profit) 
No – but must be auspiced by an incorporated organisation if not 



Based within the shire of Broome   YES

YES – or have evidence of a Broome
partnershipand/or a commitment to long-term outcomes for Broome 

 YES – or have evidence of a Broome
partnershipand/or a commitment to long-term outcomes for Broome 

Funding period 

 1, 2 or 3 years   1, 2 or 3 years   1, 2 or 3 years 
Have a demonstrable track record
in delivering the event/project in Broome 

YES - If applying for muti-year funding 

(New projects welcomed if applying for 1 year of funding) 


 YES - If applying for multi-year funding 

(New projects welcomed if applying for1 year of funding) 


Have successfully acquitted any previous 
Shire of Broome grants 


Have been designated a PEARL event by Council and invited to apply by the Economic Development Coordinator

 N/A  N/A  YES
 Click here for Stream 1 CDF Guidelines(PDF, 84KB)  Click here for Stream 2 CDF Guidelines(PDF, 106KB) Click here for Stream 3 CDF Guidelines(PDF, 83KB)