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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

Who can apply

Applications are open to Western Australian based: 

  • Aboriginal artists, producers, storytellers, performers, writers and arts and cultural organisations  
  • organisations that work with Aboriginal artists, producers and arts organisations whose applications demonstrate:
    • evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the project, including concept planning, development of the work, decision-making and management
    • partnerships underpinned by Aboriginal self-determination and cultural and creative control,  articulated via an appropriate agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding. 
The artist/s undertaking the work must be based in regional or remote Western Australia. Where a work draws on culture or stories local to a particular area, the application must demonstrate that the key personnel is representative of that area, or that appropriate consultation has occurred.
 

Any of the above parties can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended that the application is prepared and submitted by the party that will take the lead on coordinating the commission.

Please note that if successful, the primary applicant will also be the one who is issued with the contract and is responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant. 

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.

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

Who can apply

  • State Sporting Associations (SSAs) that oversee regional operations or are representing a local club or association
  • regional sporting club or active recreation organisation
  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or active recreation
  • in the absence of a suitable sport or active recreation organisation, a local government authority is eligible to apply.

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

Who can apply

The Arts Organisations Investment Program supports professional arts, cultural and creative organisations that:

  • are not-for-profit
  • have been legally constituted for a minimum of two years
  • are based in Western Australia, or a national organisation offering significant benefits to Western Australians
  • have formal governance and professional operational infrastructure
  • have annual financial budgeting processes and reporting systems with accounts independently audited annually.

The Arts Organisations Investment Program will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from organisations that are directly supported or owned by an academic and/or training institution or local government authority.

To be considered under this exemption, an organisation must separately, and with a degree of autonomy, present professional and/or curated arts and cultural programs that primarily deliver arts and cultural outcomes.

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

Who can apply

Applicants must be either a local government or a not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisation incorporated under the WA Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Clubs must demonstrate equitable access to the public on a short term and casual basis.

The land on which the facility is to be developed must be one of the following:

  • Crown reserve
  • land owned by a public authority
  • municipal property
  • land held for public purposes by trustees under a valid lease, title or trust deed that adequately protects the interests of the public.

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

Who can apply

Volunteer coaches and officials who:

  • permanently reside in regional (country) Western Australia (as per regional boundaries designated by the department)
  • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • are registered as a volunteer to a sporting club, regional association or directly to the State Sporting Association,
  • attend or are going to attend, a high-level sport specific course that is recognised by the SSA or NSO
  • submit a copy of the proposed course application or booking information
  • submit a copy of future bookings or receipts for travel and accommodation.

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

Who can apply

To be eligible for grant funding, the applicant organisation must:

  • ​be a not-for-profit organisation based in Western Australia or an association operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia
  • have a constitution or school charter stating that the organisation's purpose is to provide language education
  • be open to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 (K–12)
  • hold classes outside of school hours
  • provide a minimum of one-and-a-half hours of face-to-face language teaching per lesson based on an educational program that is linked to the Western Australian or Australian Curriculum where possible
  • have a minimum of 10 students enrolled in a school year with average attendance rates of at least 70 per cent
  • provide at least 35 weeks of language classes each year
  • participate in the Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) and develop and maintain a school portfolio that meets Registration stage
  • commit to continuous improvement in the area of child safeguarding aligned to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and comply with the requirements of the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.

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.

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 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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA based organisations, groups and individuals. 

If you are applying from outside regional WA, you will need to demonstrate the benefits of your project to regional WA communities, artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers, and support from relevant WA regions/communities in your application.

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

Who can apply

  • regional sporting club or active recreation organisation
  • a not-for-profit community organisation involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation in a regional area
  • in the absence of a suitable sport or active recreation organisation, a local government authority is eligible to apply.

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

Who can apply

  • local governments
  • not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisations

Must be incorporated.

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to Aboriginal individuals, groups or organisations in Western Australia; or those who work with Aboriginal people in community, and can demonstrate strong Aboriginal governance and leadership in their application*.

These may include:

  • Aboriginal organisations, including art, community, cultural, language, media, ranger**, youth and other community groups (such as men’s and women’s groups)
  • service providers delivering targeted services to Aboriginal people or communities, such as education and health providers
  • Local government authorities.

*Where a non-Aboriginal individual or organisation is the applicant or project lead, evidence of significant Aboriginal community involvement in the project, including consultations, planning, decision-making and management is essential.

**Organisations cannot apply for funding for projects that are core business or part of regular activity, or operations. For example, a ranger organisation cannot apply for funding for cultural site management.

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

Who can apply

Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.

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 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

Who can apply

  • State Sporting Associations that are recognised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)
  • national sport league clubs
  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation
  • local government authorities.

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.   

Available for

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to groups, organisations and individuals. 

It is recommended that the application is submitted by the party taking the lead in managing the project. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract and be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

However, the primary applicant is required to demonstrate collaboration and a partnership between all parties. 

Please refer to the Residency category program guidelines and to the Collaboration category program guidelines for more detailed information.

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 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)

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. 

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

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

Who can apply

  • Not-for-profit organisations based in Western Australia
  • Associations operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia.

Unincorporated not-for-profit associations and community groups based in Western Australia may apply under the auspices of an eligible organisation or a local government authority able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant’s project. Please see the Auspice Guidelines on the Harmony Week page.

Organisations and associations working with children and young people must be committed to creating a safe environment. This includes complying with the Working with Children Act 2004.

To be eligible for funding, organisations are required to commit to continuous improvement in the area of child safeguarding aligned to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations†. The organisation may be required to complete the Child Safeguarding Self-Assessment as provided by the department. Further information about child safeguarding.

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

Who can apply

Applications to In the House are open to regional performing arts venues that are operated by Local Governments or not-for-profit organisations, and those organisations which received funding in the past from the department’s Raise the Roof program.

Competitive applications should be able to demonstrate a: 

  • significant commitment to delivering a diverse, high quality annual performing arts program 
  • consistent prior audience engagement data, ticket sales and other forms of revenue
  • genuine willingness to diversify performing arts programming. 

Categories and amounts

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

India COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funding

The State Government has allocated $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India.

India is currently in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State Government is allocating $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India. The fund complements initiatives already being delivered by Western Australian Indian organisations including the provision and installation of oxygen concentrates in hospitals, the sourcing and provision of ventilators, and grants to those vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the Indian community. 

Western Australians can also make donations to Sewa International Australia, a registered not-for-profit organisation that has a presence in India, which is also raising funds for the COVID-19 plight in India.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Who can apply

Applications for this program must be submitted by a Western Australian Indian community association working in partnership with a registered Australian charity organisation that is already delivering COVID-19 support on-the-ground in India. 

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

Who can apply

  • Incorporated sporting, recreation and community organisations and associations.
  • Local governments, tertiary institutions or community-based organisations who partner with a sport and active recreation organisations (Healthway only); Companies Limited by Guarantee where the company is wholly owned by a State Sporting Organisation.

What you must have to be eligible to apply?

  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA), or an Indigenous organisation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI), or a local government or a company limited by guarantee;
  • Possess an Australian Business Number (ABN);
  • Maintain appropriate and sufficient insurance cover for the duration of the project. A certificate of currency of insurance/s for the coming year should be provided upon application. Please note, for Public Liability Insurance, a minimum value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim is required;
  • Your organisation conforms with relevant State and Federal legislation (e.g. Working with Children (Criminal Records Checking), Liquor Control, and Drugs in Sport);
  • Your organisation has appropriate Health and Safety and Risk Management policies and practices in place to deliver the project(s).
Note: Organisations will not receive funding if they have any outstanding grant acquittal requirements with the Sport and Recreation Service Area of DLGSC and/or Healthway.

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.

In 2021, all eligible children will be able to access two KidSport vouchers with the second becoming available from 1 July 2021.

Available for

  • Individuals

Who can apply

All Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 with a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

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

Who can apply

Plan category 

Applications are open to regional local governments that are  developing a  new or revised  creative and  cultural  plan.  Applications that involve collaborations with multiple  local government  authorities  will be highly regarded.  

Activity category

Applications are open to regional local government authorities  with  published  or existing  creative and  cultural  plans. 

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to artists, producers and arts organisations working in partnership with regional venues, or vice versa, provided they meet the following criteria: 

  • the artist, arts company, organisation or festival that will develop and/or produce the work is based in WA  
  • the venue or festival that will premiere the work is in regional WA and has the capacity to receive and/or produce touring performing arts productions.  

Any of the above parties can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended that the application is prepared and submitted by the party that will take the lead on coordinating the commission.  

Please note that if successful, the primary applicant will also be the one who is issued with the contract and is responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.  

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.

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
  • Individuals

Who can apply

  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or active recreation
  • applications must be made by an organisation for either individual or team funding
  • applicants must reside within a designated region
  • eligibility is limited to athletes aged 13 to 18 years* who reside within recognised regions for this scheme and represent their sport or active recreation club or association. 

*In certain circumstances, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) may consider athletes outside of this age-band on a case-by-case basis.

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)

Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS)

Grants for WA schools to promote and advance reconciliation.

Funding assistance of $1000 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.

Available for

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools

Who can apply

All WA primary and secondary schools.

Categories and amounts

  • Connecting to Country and Culture ($1000)
  • Community Relationships ($1000)
  • History ($1000)
  • Arts ($1000)
  • Inclusive Environments ($1000)
  • Language ($1000)

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA performing arts groups, organisations or individual artists for touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

It is recommended that the application is prepared and submitted by the party taking the lead coordinating the tour. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract and will be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA performing arts groups and organisations that have a demonstrated track record of regional touring.

It is recommended the application is prepared and submitted by the party taking the lead coordinating the tours. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract and will be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

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

Who can apply

Applications for this program should be submitted by the producing partner on behalf of the playwright. Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply however:

  • individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • groups including unincorporated bodies, partnerships and individuals informally collaborating on an activity must be based in Australia
  • organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (e.g. university, school or government statutory authority)
  • if you are applying on behalf of Aboriginal people you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of, and participation in, the activity
  • although WA residency is not a requirement to apply for a grant, if you are applying from outside WA you will need to show the benefits to WA artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers in your application.

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

Who can apply

  • WA arts groups, organisations or individual artists
  • WA regional local government authorities
  • WA Aboriginal communities.

Any of the above can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended the application is prepared and submitted by the party taking the lead on the project. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract will be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

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

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

Who can apply

Regional athletes aged 13 to 21.

Categories and amounts

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

Who can apply

  • a not-for-profit community organisation with strategic objectives related to sport or physically active recreation in a regional area
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation either under the Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act (2015) or Commonwealth Corporations Act (2001) with an Australian Business Number (ABN), or Indigenous organisations under the Commonwealth Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006)
  • have acquitted all previous grants prior to the application being submitted unless the grant is still current
  • where possible, be affiliated with a SSA or Industry peak body
  • organisations will be required to have current Public Liability Insurance to the value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim. A certificate of currency of insurance for the coming year should be provided upon application.

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

Who can apply

State Sporting Association or industry peak body overseeing regional operations.

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

Who can apply

Only State Sporting Associations that are recognised by the department at the time the program is advertised and are categorised as C, D, E, F or Provisional are eligible to apply for the Sport Development Funding Program.

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

Who can apply

  • 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

Who can apply

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

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

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

Who can apply

Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply, however:
  • individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
  • groups including unincorporated bodies, partnerships and individuals informally collaborating on an activity must be based in Australia
  • organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (e.g. university, school or government statutory authority)
  • if you are applying on behalf of Aboriginal people you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of, and participation, in the activity
  • although WA residency is not a requirement to apply for a grant, if you are applying from outside WA you will need to show the benefits to WA artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers in your application
  • Arts Organisations Investment Program recipients are eligible to apply to this program only if producing in partnership with a WA creative team or theatre company that is not a current recipient of annual funding from DLGSC.

Categories and amounts

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