Community organisations across the Shire of Waroona have only days left to apply for small grants to help their projects. Applications are set to close next week for the first round of funding this year from the Alcoa Waroona micro grants fund. The fund, a partnership between the Shire of Waroona and Alcoa, offers grants of up to $2000 for local groups. It aims to help entities to either deliver events, projects, programs or facilities that benefit local communities, or build and strengthen their organisational capacity or sustainability. Successful projects will need to also align with the council’s 2030 strategic community plan. Waroona Shire president Mike Walmsley said he was looking forward to seeing creative ideas to benefit the community. “If your group is in need of financial support to bring an idea to fruition, this is your opportunity,” he said. “The last funding round was highly competitive, so I encourage anyone thinking about applying for a grant to discuss their application with the shire to ensure it meets the guidelines.” Applications must be in by February 15; for more information, visit waroona.wa.gov.au or call 9733 7800.