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 literacy 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.

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

Local Government/Community Organisation Project Amount
Port Hedland Outdoor Storytime – Celebrating Pilbara Culture $28,000
Library for All Library for All $30,000
Communicare Inc Play School Program $29,900
Busselton The Storytime Way $30,000
Joondalup City of Joondalup Inclusive Early Childhood Program $10,000
Melville Sensory Storytime Project $9.937.97
Investing In Our Youth Sensory Storytelling $6,626
Cunderdin CRC Tales for Tots $7,000
Useless Loop Playgroup Story Time $6,333.48
Nannup Little Possums $7,760
York Little Ditties $5,040
Serpentine Jarrahdale Early Learning Discovery Project $5,000
Stirling Wandjoo to Nyoongar $10,000
City of Nedlands Floreat Toy Library Literacy through Play $5,349
South Perth Toy Library Toy Stories $9,915
Local Government/Community Organisation Project Amount
Canning Cultural Ambassadors $10,000
Boyup Brook CRC Stories, Rhymes and Fun Times $9,151.80
Bunbury Teddy Bears Roadshow $9,711
Quairading CRC Quairading Story Time $5,040
South Perth ABC, You and Me $9,900
Port Hedland Outdoor Indigenous Literacy Classroom $8,010
Wanneroo (Micro) It’s All About Learning Together: Senses Alive $8,930
Boddington Adventure Storytime $5,000
Swan Building Inclusive and Imaginative Communities $5,000
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Adding Literacy to Library Playground and Sensory Garden $9,643
Wanneroo (Innovation) It’s All About Animal Tales $21,779
Earbus Foundation Listen Well, Learn Well, Live Well $30,000
Broome Little Fulla Yarns Storytime $20,293
Plantagenet-Mount Barker Reading for Generations $14,055
CLAN Midland Read, Play, Grow in CALD and Disadvantaged Communities $29,817
This page last updated on 2 December 2022