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.
The Better Beginnings Family Literacy Grants program offers Micro Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 and Innovation Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 to support public libraries and community organisations to create and deliver early literacy programs that build on the aims and messages of the Better Beginnings program to meet their communities’ needs.
Applications have now closed for 2022. We look forward to processing this first round of amazing ideas for Family Literacy initiatives in communities across WA, and to hearing from new and returning applicants in 2023.
View the full guidelines here.