Better Beginnings Grants

The State Library’s Better Beginnings program is a Western Australian family literacy initiative that connects families with books through free reading packs. Our goal is to inspire a love of reading and learning for all Western Australian children by encouraging families to read, talk, sing, write and play with their child every day.

The key aim of Better Beginnings is to support the development of literacy in children from birth; providing them with greater potential to grow, learn and develop, perform well at school, and succeed in later life. Improved literacy levels across Western Australia contribute to the creation of a skilled workforce and future economic development.

In March 2021, the State Government made an election commitment to support the equitable delivery of the Better Beginnings program across Western Australia. This commitment included the creation of a new grants program of $200,000 for four years.

The grants are for Western Australian community groups, centres and libraries that help promote literacy in 0-5 year olds. Any organisation with programs and ideas encouraging families to ‘read, talk, sing, write and play with their child every day’ is welcome to apply.

Micro Grants from $5,000 to $10,000 are available for small projects, and Innovation Grants from $10,001 to $30,000 are available for larger programs or initiatives. Public Libraries and community organisations are able to apply for both.

Successful grant recipients are listed below.  The final round of grants will be offered in September 2024.

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Local Government/Community OrganisationProjectAmount
Mirima Council Aboriginal CorporationMultilingual board books with audio support$27,000
BroomeLittle Fulla Yarns Storytime Project$14,985
MelvilleWhadjuk Noongar Language Storytime$23,500
Culture Care WA IncBuilding Bilingual Learning Culture$30,000
DardanupInteractive Touch eLearning Tables$11,184
Communicare IncMy Play School extension$29,693
VincentSTEM Play$6,958.50
JoondalupReading Ready Packs$9,992.16
WilliamsRhyme Time Plus$8,255
CockburnToddler – Sing and Play$7,160
East PilbaraMusic and Movement$8,131.95
Wyalkatchem CRCWylie Tots Storytime$7,121.81
Armadale Community Family CentreBrain Boost – Drumbeat!$5,170
KarrathaJourney/Explorer Packs$9,500
Local Government/Community OrganisationProjectAmount
Port HedlandOutdoor Storytime – Celebrating Pilbara Culture$28,000
Library for AllLibrary for All$30,000
Communicare IncPlay School Program$29,900
BusseltonThe Storytime Way$30,000
JoondalupCity of Joondalup Inclusive Early Childhood Program$10,000
MelvilleSensory Storytime Project$9.937.97
Investing In Our YouthSensory Storytelling$6,626
Cunderdin CRCTales for Tots$7,000
Useless Loop PlaygroupStory Time$6,333.48
NannupLittle Possums$7,760
YorkLittle Ditties$5,040
Serpentine JarrahdaleEarly Learning Discovery Project$5,000
StirlingWandjoo to Nyoongar$10,000
City of Nedlands Floreat Toy LibraryLiteracy through Play$5,349
South Perth Toy LibraryToy Stories$9,915
Local Government/Community OrganisationProjectAmount
CanningCultural Ambassadors$10,000
Boyup Brook CRCStories, Rhymes and Fun Times$9,151.80
BunburyTeddy Bears Roadshow$9,711
Quairading CRCQuairading Story Time$5,040
South PerthABC, You and Me$9,900
Port HedlandOutdoor Indigenous Literacy Classroom$8,010
Wanneroo (Micro)It’s All About Learning Together: Senses Alive$8,930
BoddingtonAdventure Storytime$5,000
SwanBuilding Inclusive and Imaginative Communities$5,000
Kalgoorlie-BoulderAdding Literacy to Library Playground and Sensory Garden$9,643
Wanneroo (Innovation)It’s All About Animal Tales$21,779
Earbus FoundationListen Well, Learn Well, Live Well$30,000
BroomeLittle Fulla Yarns Storytime$20,293
Plantagenet-Mount BarkerReading for Generations$14,055
CLAN MidlandRead, Play, Grow in CALD and Disadvantaged Communities$29,817

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