Social Innovation Grants Axed

What they promised

"A Liberal Government will continue funding for the Social Innovation Grants Program"

- The Liberals’ Creating Better Communities Policy

What they say now

"…a return to Government of $4.4 million of unspent Social Innovation Grant funds and Social Enterprise funds"

- p630 2015-16 Budget Paper 2

23 Jul 2015 - The Liberal Government has broken a promise to continue funding for a grants program to organisations to develop and trial new ways of delivering key services in innovative ways..

As part of the ‘Creating Better Communities’ policy announced in the 2013 election, the Liberal Government committed to continue funding for the Social Innovation Grants Program.

The purpose of the program was to enable not-for-profit organisations to develop and trial new ways of delivering human services that produce better outcomes for Western Australians in need.

The program was funded with $2 million in the initial year with $4 million in subsequent years until 2015-16. MMS 21 January 2011

However the 2013-14 Budget revealed that this funding had been stripped from the out years. Subsequent media reports revealed that the department was conducting a review to determine the future of the program.

In the 2015-16 Budget it emerged that the Department had handed back money to Treasury that would no longer be spent on the grants.  p630 2015-16 Budget Paper 2

In the past two financial years, less than the promised amounts of $4m had been spent and there is no funding from 2015-16 onwards. 
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