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Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund

Providing opportunities for Aboriginal artists to share their stories through the development of new, large scale work.

Funding delivered through the Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund is intended to: 

  • encourage the expression and preservation of traditional and contemporary regional Western Australian Aboriginal cultures, communities, and identities through the arts
  • support the development of significant and large-scale works created and produced by Aboriginal artists in regional Western Australia
  • enable employment opportunities for regional Aboriginal artists, arts workers and communities
  • showcase the unique stories of Western Australia’s First Nations peoples and engage new and diverse audiences.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Aboriginal communities

Categories and amounts

  • Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund (Up to $300,000)

Active Regional Communities Grants

Opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities.

Active Regional Communities (ARC) aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities in regional Western Australia and is tailored to meet the ever changing demands and challenges of sport and active-recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of Western Australia.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Event Hosting (Grants up to $5000)
  • Capacity Building (Grants up to $5000)
  • Participation (Grants up to $5000)

Arts 15k-plus

The Arts 15k-plus grant program offers between $15,000 and $60,000 funding for artists, creative industry professionals and organisations to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Sector Development (Over $15,000)
  • Creative Development (Over $15,000)
  • Commercial Development (Over $15,000)
  • Aboriginal Arts (Over $15,000)

Arts Organisations Investment Program

The Arts Organisations Investment Program is an open and competitive multiyear funding program to support Western Australia’s arts, cultural and creative sector organisations.

The objective of the Arts Organisations Investment Program is to invest in a portfolio of small to medium organisations that collectively:

  • create and present high quality and diverse arts, cultural and creative experiences for the people of Western Australia
  • support the sector to develop artform, cultural and creative practices
  • reflect the State’s identity through telling Western Australian stories and developing creative content in Western Australia
  • increase the reach, depth and diversity of audience engagement with, and participation in, the arts, cultural and creative sector
  • contribute to the State’s creative economy, and employ and develop professional artists and arts, cultural and creative workers
  • support the State Government’s priorities of increasing Western Australian employment and attracting tourists
  • are led by boards and lead creatives that reflect the diversity of Western Australian society.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Producing and Presenting (Minimum of $100,000 per annum)
  • Service (Minimum of $100,000 per annum)

Arts U-15k

The Arts U-15k grant program offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Creative Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Commercial Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Aboriginal Arts (Up to $15,000)

Coach and Official Education Subsidy

Providing support and development opportunities for regional coaches and officials to achieve their goals.

The Coach and Official Education Subsidy provides funding to assist volunteer coaches and officials who reside in regional Western Australia with out-of-pocket travel and accommodation costs to participate in sport specific courses to obtain high level accreditations, within their sports coaching and officiating pathway. It is recognised that not all accreditations are available throughout regional Western Australia therefore this subsidy will contribute towards their travel costs to participate in courses.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

Community ​​Lan​​guage School gr​​​a​nts

Funding is available to support community language school admin​istration and operati​ons.

Community Language School (CLS) grants are administered by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). Grants are available for new and established CLS to support their administration and operation.

Available for

  • Education institutions

Categories and amounts

Community Grants Program

Providing funding to empower culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Western Australia to design, deliver and partner on projects that address their needs.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) offers grant funding through its Community Grants Program (CGP) with a total annual budget of $500,000.

The program supports CaLD community-led activities that:

  • celebrate and promote WA's cultural diversity
  • build the capacity of individuals, families and communities to contribute to the civic and economic life of the State
  • improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services.

Refer to the funding guidelines and application form for each grant category, for information about the program such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. 

Timeframes for the application and approval process need to be considered by the organisation when planning the project. The process takes approximately four months from submission to approval. It may take longer if the application requires further development or if there is outstanding information.

Applicants should seek advice from an OMI Community Engagement Officer by email about timeframes for application submission based on the stage of development of the project. 

Available for

  • Community organisations

Categories and amounts

  • ​Festivals (Up to $5000)
  • ​Community Capacity Building (Up to $5000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (​Grants over $30,000 and up to $50,000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (Up to $30,000)

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) exemplifies the Western Australian Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Through CSRFF, the State Government will invest annually in the development of high-quality physical environments in which people can enjoy sport and recreation.

There is $12 million available for allocation in the 2020/21 funding round.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Small grants (Projects from $7500 to $300,000)
  • Annual and forward planning grants (Projects over $300,000)

Connecting to Country

Provides funding to support projects that enable Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on country trips that foster the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

Funding distributed through Connecting to Country is intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, such as preservation of language, stories and dance
  • recognise Aboriginal cultural leadership within the Aboriginal community and support leadership development in young people
  • contribute to stronger community mental health and wellbeing and
  • promote traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Education institutions
  • Aboriginal communities

Categories and amounts

  • Connecting to Country (Up to $25,000)

Contemporary Music Fund

The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will assist homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.

The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Education institutions

Categories and amounts

  • 15k-plus (Over $15,000)
  • U-15k (Under $15,000)

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme helps regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

The primary objectives of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme is to help regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives by:  

  • conducting international, national or state sporting events or competitions in regional WA
  • utilising elite athletes to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and assist in delivering sport development opportunities in regional WA.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (Up to $30,000 per application per financial year)

Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

Funding for artist-in-residence projects that engage communities and are delivered in partnership with artists and either a local government authority, local school, or community group.

The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program provides funding for artist-in-residence projects that engage communities and are delivered in partnership with artists and either a local government authority, local school, not-for-profit community organisations or not-for-profit community services organisations.   
 
The program encourages community connection through local initiatives that strengthen community wellbeing and encourage people to reconnect after a period of physical distancing.   
 

The program prioritises projects that engage children and their families, and young people in communities who:  

  • are experiencing high levels of social, health and/or economic impacts due to COVID-19  
  • have limited or low access to arts and cultural programs 
  • are located in regional or remote Western Australia 
  • reflect the diversity of the State.  

Underpinned by the principles of Community, Connection and Collaboration, it is essential that projects embrace community-based arts practice by ensuring:  

  • the activities are by, with, and for the community  
  • the artists are highly skilled art form practitioners and facilitators 
  • the activities are appropriate and reflect the community's aspirations. 

The Creative Communities – Residency category provides for short term artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of four weeks.   

The Creative Communities – Collaboration category provides for significant, collaborative artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Education institutions
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools

Categories and amounts

  • Residency ($30,000)
  • Collaboration ($80,000)

Every Club Grant Scheme

Eligible local governments and State Sporting Associations are supported to build the governance, planning and management practices of clubs.

The Every Club Grant Scheme aims to ensure clubs are supported to build their organisational capacity and capability through accessible and flexible club development services.

The department provides funding to eligible Local Government Authorities and State Sporting Associations to:

  • Provide education, training and professional development opportunities for the sport and recreation club workforce.
  • Support clubs to adopt governance, planning and management practices.
  • Facilitate partnerships between Local Government Authorities, State/Regional Sporting Associations and sport and recreation clubs.  

Available for

  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

  • Metropolitan Local Governments ($5000 to $30,000)
  • Regional Local Governments ($5000 to $40,000)
  • State Sporting Associations ($5000 to $15,000)

Getting the Show back on the Road

Shared risk program that supports a percentage of box office loss in the situation where there has been a negative impact due to COVID-19 for the presentation of performing arts and live music events.

Getting the Show back on the Road supports a percentage of box office loss for performing arts and live music events where there is a negative impact due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Stream A eases the financial risks for performing arts organisations, live music producers and presenters, festival organisers and commercial event companies to stage a show or tour during this uncertain time. 

Stream B supports DLGSC recurrently-funded or project-funded organisations and individuals for events impacted by the extension of the COVID-19 Phase 4 restrictions that were announced by the State Government of Western Australia on 18 August 2020.

The Getting the Show back on the Road program is a part of the WA Recovery Plan’s $15 million shared risk package to reactivate live performances and touring activities. 

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Stream A (Up to $150,000)
  • Stream B (Up to $150,000)

Harmony Week grants

Funding of $2000 is available for diversity and inclusion activities to celebrate Harmony Week 2021.

Activities with a focus on culture and arts and sport and active recreation are encouraged.

Culture and arts activities must involve a professional artist or arts practitioner working with the community to design and deliver the activity.

Sport and active recreation activities must involve the community participating in a primary activity requiring physical exertion and/or physical skill.

Applications deadline 4:00pm Monday 19 October 2020

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Harmony Week activities ($2000)

In the House

Supporting the performing arts in regional Western Australia.

In the House supports the expansion of annual performing arts programs delivered by performing arts venues in regional Western Australia over a two-year period.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments

Categories and amounts

  • In the House (Up to $80,000 per year and a total of $160,000 over the two-year period.)

KidSport

KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation.

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • KidSport application ($150)

Made in WA

Commissioning new performing arts work which is relevant to regional audiences and will be premiered in regional venues.

Funding delivered through Made in WA is intended to: 

  • increase the number and quality of performance-based works created and produced in regional Western Australia
  • ensure new work created in regional WA is relevant to regional audiences
  • enable employment and professional skill development opportunities for regional artists and arts workers
  • establish or further develop partnerships and collaborations between artists, producers, arts organisations and regional venues
  • showcase the unique stories of Western Australia, engage new audiences and contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of regional communities
  • support projects that increase access and participation or presentation opportunities by, with or for Aboriginal communities and/or young people. 

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Made in WA (Up to $150,000)

North West Travel Subsidy

North West Travel Subsidy aims to assist young athletes from the North West with travel costs.

It aims to encourage participation in identified sport and recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of:

  • Kimberley
  • Pilbara
  • Gascoyne
  • Remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields.

North West Travel Subsidy is not an open funding scheme and is only available to athletes by way of application from their Regional or State Sporting Association or another relevant not-for-profit organisation approved by the department.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Individual (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $700 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $800 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Team (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $2300 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $2500 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
Page reviewed 01 August 2019