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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)

Activating Alfresco Rebate Program

Up to $5000 rebate for eligible expenses for small business.

The Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package includes a $5 million investment to encourage and support small businesses in establishing, expanding and improving their operation to alfresco dining.

Eligible hospitality businesses can seek a rebate of up to $5000 through the department for purchases that relate to eligible alfresco dining improvement and expansion.

It promotes safe socialisation and the creation of community vibrancy though the activation of footpaths, and other underused public and private spaces.

The rebate will be provided as a one-off payment. Evidence of all expenses and costs to be claimed must be collated and lodged together as part of a single claim.

Eligible expenses include temporary ground surfaces, traffic mitigation, generators, installation of outdoor power points, lighting, additional furniture fit out, weather protection, parklets, heaters, fans and additional points of sale. Further detail is available in the program guidelines.

Available for

  • Businesses that meet the eligibility criteria

Categories and amounts

Active Regional Communities Grants

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

The Active Regional Communities (ARC) Grants program aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation 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 the State.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

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

Club Night Lights Program

Providing financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.

The Club Night Lights Program exemplifies the State Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable floodlighting infrastructure for sport across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. The program aims to maintain or increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations
  • Active recreation organisations

Categories and amounts

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

Coaching and Officiating Grants Program

Supporting and developing new and existing coaches and officials.

The Coaching and Officiating Grants Program is available to state sporting associations (SSAs) to develop and implement sustainable strategies and initiatives that support and develop new and existing coaches and officials. The project will be required to build capacity within the SSA. For example, a mentoring program or pathway development program.

Available for

  • State sporting associations

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

  • Per Capita grants (up to $120 per student)
  • New School grants (up to $4000)

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 $1,000,000.

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.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Categories and amounts

  • ​Festivals (Up to $10,000)
  • ​Community Capacity Building (Up to $5000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (Up to $50,000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (Up to $100,000)

Community Participation and Inclusion Program

Improving social inclusion and access to arts and culture in regional WA.

Funding delivered through the Community Participation and Inclusion Program is intended to:

  • facilitate participation in arts and cultural activities for people from diverse backgrounds
  • encourage the creative expression and development of diverse perspectives and ambitions
  • provide opportunities for marginalised communities to strengthen and present their art and culture
  • support the production of authentic, distinct creative works that tell Western Australian stories and celebrate diversity
  • create arts and cultural employment and career pathways for regional Western Australian artists and creatives from diverse backgrounds
  • contribute to social inclusion, wellbeing, cohesion and vibrancy in regional Western Australian communities.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Community Participation and Inclusion (Up to $80,000)

Community Place Based Grants

Co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs.

The Community Place Based Grants program provides funding for the development and delivery of co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs in the Kimberley, Goldfields, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

The program includes a process to work with local government, Aboriginal leaders and service organisations, to embed sport and recreation in community-led activities and events that target vulnerable and at-risk youth and their families.

The aim is to fund programs for multiple years to ensure a consistent quality approach to programs to get traction, build capacity and have a collective impact.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Regional local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

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 2021/22 funding round.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

Connecting to Country

Supports projects that enable Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on Country activities that foster the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

The program intends to:

  • facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, such as the 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
  • strengthen, protect and maintain 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 assists homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, along with 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 Grants (Over $15,000)
  • U-15k Grants (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 Country Sport Enrichment (CSES) scheme provides support to organisations to deliver high level events or competitions or provide access to sport development opportunities for regional Western Australia.

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.   

Categories include:

  • The Creative Communities — Residency category provides for short term artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of 4 weeks. This category is now closed.
  • The Creative Communities — Collaboration category provides for significant, collaborative artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of 10 weeks. This category is now closed.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

  • Residency (this category is now closed.)
  • Collaboration (this category is now closed.)

Event Suppliers Support Program

One-off financial aid payment for an event suppliers business.

As part of the $77 million Safe Transition Industry Support Package, the Event Suppliers Support program provides a one-off financial aid payment for an event suppliers business to partially offset some of the additional costs or lost revenues affected by delay to full border reopening of the Western Australian border or capacity constraints introduced to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Available for

  • Businesses that meet the eligibility criteria

Categories and amounts

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 governments 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)

Executive Management Professional Development Program

Providing professional development opportunities

The Executive Management Professional Development Program provides current and emerging executive management and senior leadership staff with up to $3000 to support development opportunities identified in their individual development plan (IDP).

The program aims to:

  • provide professional development opportunities for identified leaders that are employed within the sport and recreation industry and support them to achieve their individual professional goals
  • assist sport and recreation organisations to upskill and develop their staff
  • increase the overall capacity and capability of sport and recreation organisations.

Available for

  • State sporting associations
  • Peak bodies

Categories and amounts

Getting the Show Back on the Road+

Helping reduce financial risks for ticketed events in WA.

As part of the State Government’s $77 million Safe Transition Industry Support Package, a $10 million extension to the Getting the Show Back on the Road+ (GTSBOTR+) has been announced. GTSBOTR+ aims to reduce the financial risks associated with running ticketed events in Western Australia (WA) during a COVID-19 impacted period, and to encourage the safe continuation of public ticketed events.

The GTSBOTR+ program provides support through sharing the risk of lost ticket revenue or registration fees for events impacted from 5 February 2022 from:

  • Cancellation due to:
    • impacts of the border opening delay;
    • COVID-19 infection or direction to isolate for event key personnel;
    • quarantine requirements for key personnel entering WA making the event unviable; and
    • COVID-19 capacity restrictions or social distancing directions.
  • Support for events that proceed but incur a substantial impact on the number of tickets sold (minimum 50% lost ticket sales/registrations) due to the impact of COVID-19 requirements.
  • The GTSBOTR+ program will provide three tiers of support to cover lost ticket revenue or registration fees due to the causes listed above as follows:
    • 75% of gross ticketing/registration fee value for cancelled events resulting from a COVID-19 direction;
    • 50% of gross ticketing/registration fee value for self-cancelled events linked to COVID-19 requirements and/or border opening delay impacting on the viability of the event;
    • 30% of gross ticketing/registration fee value for events that proceed but incur a substantial impact on the number of tickets sold/registrations (min 50% fewer tickets/registrations) due to COVID-19 requirements.
    • The program does not support requests for retrospective coverage for events that have already occurred. Applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks before an event.

Due to the Level 2 Public Health and Social Measures currently in place in Western Australia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic where there is an impact on the viability of live performances. Payments are available to support the unrecoverable costs for the rescheduling of pre-approved events under the Getting the Show Back on the Road+ program, for events scheduled in the Level 2 Public Health and Social Measures period as follows:

  • Support for unrecoverable rescheduling costs to be set at 30 per cent of pre-approved gross ticketed sales estimate to a cap of $150,000
  • Support is limited to one reschedule per event.

The program funding caps is $150,000 against 75% of pre-approved lost ticket sales income. For events that experience significant box-office impact, support of up to $500,000 is available subject to Ministerial discretion. Any claims above the funding cap of $150,000 are assessed by external auditors, and based on unrecoverable expenditure (against substantiated receipts) not lost revenue.

Please contact GTSBOTR+ team before submitting a claim above the funding cap to ensure you provide the necessary preliminary information to obtain approval to submit an above the cap funding request.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

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.

Funding round is now closed.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

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.)

Innovation Challenge Program

A grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.

The Innovation Challenge Program, administered by the department in partnership with Healthway, is a grants program for organisations, providing investment for innovative projects that increase physical activity participation in the community.

The program is designed to encourage business innovation and the use of technology to drive and grow sport and recreation. Projects will be supported based on community need, innovation, sustainability of outcomes and consideration of return on investment. 

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Education institutions
  • Community sport clubs
  • Peak bodies
  • Tertiary organisations

Categories and amounts

KidSport

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

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 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)

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning

Incentivising regional local governments to develop creative and cultural plans and activities.

Funding delivered through Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning is intended to:

  • support the creation of co-designed creative and cultural plans for regional local governments, groups of regional local governments or regional zones in WA
  • ensure integration of creative and cultural plans with regional local government Strategic Community Plans
  • increase support for the development of the arts, cultural infrastructure, heritage and creative industries in regional WA
  • improve economic and jobs growth in regional communities
  • support activities that encourage cultural tourism opportunities and the creative and cultural industries
  • contribute to the vibrancy and social wellbeing of regional communities. 

Available for

  • Regional local governments

Categories and amounts

  • Activity (Up to $25,000)
  • Plan (Up to $50,000)

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)

Nightclub Assistance Program

One-off financial aid payment for nightclub licensees.

As part of the $67 million Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package, the $1.8 million Nightclub Assistance Program provides a one-off financial aid payment for nightclub licensees that have been impacted by capacity constraints introduced to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Available for

  • Businesses that meet the eligibility criteria

Categories and amounts

North West Travel Subsidy

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

The North West Travel Subsidy (NWTS) aims to encourage participation in identified sport and active recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne and other remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields regions.

Available for

  • Community organisations

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)
  • Team (other regional remote locations) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Individual (other regional remote locations) (Up to $600 per person)

Outdoor Active Recreation Participation Program

Opportunities for people to participate in outdoor active recreation activities in WA.

The Outdoor Active Recreation (OAR) Participation Program will provide flexible and responsive investment in innovative projects which increase participation and promote inclusion in outdoor active recreation.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is seeking to support projects that align with the More People More Active Outdoors Framework. It is strongly encouraged that organisations familiarise themselves with this framework prior to applying.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS)

Grants for WA schools to promote and advance reconciliation.

Funding assistance is available for your school to complete a PALS project. PALS projects are varied, and your school may already be involved with initiatives that are eligible for PALS funding. PALS funding is available to all WA primary and secondary schools and encourages schools with and without Aboriginal students to participate.

PALS is an initiative of the department which encourages WA schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS is based on the core attributes of:

  • Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on trust, mutual respect and understanding.
  • Acceptance of and respect for diversity and valuing Aboriginal perspectives.
  • Learning more about each other, Aboriginal histories, languages and cultures; and how we can build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people.
  • Sharing a common journey towards healing and reconciliation.

PALS projects must focus on reconciliation and align with one or more of our six categories. In addition, an in class learning component is mandatory and must feature with your grant.

Available for

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools

Categories and amounts

  • Connecting to Country and Culture
  • Community Relationships
  • History
  • Arts
  • Inclusive Environments
  • Language

Performing Arts, Theatres and Cinemas Assistance Program

One-off financial aid payment to a range of indoor entertainment venues.

As part of the $67 million Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package, the $1.3 million Performing Arts, Theatres and Cinemas Assistance Program provides a one-off financial aid payment to a range of indoor entertainment venues (i.e. independent performing art venues, theatres cinemas, and live music venues) that have been impacted by capacity constraints introduced to manage the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Available for

  • Performing art venues,
  • Theatres
  • Cinemas

Categories and amounts

Playing WA

Supporting touring performing arts shows to regional and remote Western Australia.

Playing WA supports the costs of touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

  • Playing WA (Up to $120,000)

Playing WA Multi-year

Touring performing arts shows to regional WA

Playing WA supports the costs of touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

The multi-year funding round of Playing WA supports a three-year touring program, allowing organisations to engage in longer term planning for regional touring.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Playing WA Multi-year ($400,000)

Playwright Partnership Program

Assists Western Australian playwrights to partner with established producers in commissioning new theatre scripts that tell Western Australian stories. The program offers grants for applications up to $30,000.

Playwrights are asked to develop proposals in partnership with a producing partner who will commission the work and submit the application. The producing partner must demonstrate the commitment and capacity to develop the commissioned work into a fully professional production within a reasonable timeframe. The producing partner is expected to match funding on a dollar for dollar basis. This may include in-kind support.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Playwright Partnership (Up to $30,000)

Regional and Remote Festivals Fund

The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund supports arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia.

Funding delivered through the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is intended to: 

  • increase arts and cultural activity in regional and remote WA
  • provide employment opportunities for regional and remote communities
  • contribute to tourism growth in regional and remote WA
  • provide opportunities for regional and remote communities to participate in arts and cultural activity in their towns and communities
  • enable local communities to make decisions about their arts and cultural needs.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

  • Regional and Remote Festivals Fund (Up to $50,000)

Regional Athlete Support Program

Developing young regionally-based talented athletes to train and compete in regional WA.

The Regional Athlete Support Program is a statewide network supporting regional-based talented athletes, coaches and officials which allows athletes to continue their development and progress along the athlete pathway from their home environment.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • State sporting associations

Categories and amounts

Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to regional Western Australian athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting regional athletes who have progressed into the high performance pathway of their chosen sport and are pursuing regional, state and national representation.

Eligible regional athletes can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses directly related to competitions and programs in accordance with the performance level categories and eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

Subsidies for regional athletes are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Category 3 (Up to $500 plus regional athlete support for eligible athletes)
  • Category 5 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)
  • Category 4 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)

Regional Organisation Grants

Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) aims to improve the quality of sporting and active recreation opportunities for people in regional Western Australia whilst assisting the department meet its regional strategic outcomes.

The Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) program aims to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia, whilst assisting the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) meet its regional strategic outcomes. 

ROG is a funding scheme only available to not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation and whose activities meet the primary objectives of this program.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Category A: Regional ($20,001 to $50,000)
  • Category B: District or Zone ($5000 to $20,000)

Regional Servicing Grants

Improving capacity and participation growth.

Regional Servicing Grants aim to improve the capacity and grow participation at a regional level through a State Sporting Association (SSA), and to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia.

Available for

  • State sporting associations
  • Industry representative bodies

Categories and amounts

Sport Development Funding Program

Supporting State Sporting Associations (SSAs) to deliver programs, services and policies to help them to stabilise operations and build capacity.

Available for

  • State sporting associations

Categories and amounts

  • Category C and D (up to $40,000)
  • Category E and F (up to $30,000)
  • Provisional (up to $20,000)

Targeted Participation Program

The Targeted Participation Program (TPP) provides funding for organisations to promote participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation.

The focus is on evidence-based low participation groups. The targeted populations are:

  • disengaged youth
  • Aboriginal
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD)
  • people with disability
  • seniors (60+)
  • insufficiently active
  • adolescent girls (12 to 17)
  • low socio-economic.
The department and Healthway are seeking applications for co-designed projects that create quality, affordable sport and active recreation opportunities with a focus on engaging low participation groups.

Projects are required to increase participation in physical activity and ensure participation pathways into community sport or active recreation either by:

  • piloting an innovative targeted concept; or 
  • expanding an evidence-based program.
Please contact the department to discuss any potential projects.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations

Categories and amounts

  • Category two (up to $50,000)
  • Category one ($50,001 to $150,000)

WA Hiking Participation Grants

Growing hiking participation in Western Australia.

The WA Hiking Participation Grants program is aimed at growing participation in hiking in Western Australia through the development and delivery of new opportunities for participation, skill development and/or building the capacity of leaders (including guides, instructors and volunteers). Applicants are encouraged to be creative and innovative in the development of their projects. Projects should align with the WA Hiking Strategy, encourage participation and capitalise on the benefits of trail running and bushwalking.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Local active recreation clubs and associations

Categories and amounts

Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative

Supports the production and performance of outstanding professional theatre in Western Australia. The program offers grants for applications up to $100,000.

The initiative encourages the development of a vibrant and sustainable Western Australian theatre sector by supporting high quality professional productions in the mid-tier sector. Successful proposals will include a clear audience development strategy, provide professional development opportunities for WA theatre practitioners and offer the potential to tour regionally and/or nationally.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (Up to $100,000)
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