Creativity for Schools

This program partners schools and creatives to embed creativity into students' learning and understanding across curriculum areas.

The Creativity for Schools Program offers funding support to connect Western Australian creatives with schools. 

Creativity for Schools supports activities using arts-based practice to engage students in their learning beyond arts curriculum areas. The two program categories, Collaboration and Residency, will support access, participation and overall engagement for students (K to 12) in transformative creative learning experiences. They will also develop educators to use creative pedagogy across curriculum areas and beyond.


The Department of Local Government Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) recognises that the following five (5) program objectives are interdependent.

Primary objective

  • Enhance students’ and educators’ creative learning capabilities to increase engagement and support success across Western Australian curriculum areas and beyond.

Supporting objectives

  • Build the pedagogical and partnership capacities of arts organisations, creative practitioners, education leaders and teachers.
  • Foster creativity in schools by increasing access to, and participation in, arts, cultural and/or creative activities.
  • Improve the engagement of disadvantaged students in schools, particularly in low-socioeconomic, such as low Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) schools and/or in regional areas.
  • Enhance the health and wellbeing (for example mental, social, and/or physical) of students.

Applications must align with the primary objective and, where relevant, the supporting objectives.

Key program priorities

To increase the competitiveness of your application, it is recommended that your activity demonstrates alignment to four (4) or more of the key program priorities. 

  • low socioeconomic index and geographically disadvantaged schools
  • programs exposing students’ to enriching arts experiences instilling curiosity, creativity, imagination and empathy
  • programs engaging with students’ and their educators in school years K–12
  • programs that demonstrate cross curriculum links beyond the arts
  • programs that incorporate element/s of co-design with schools ensuring student and educator agency
  • programs that incorporate creative learning capacity building for creative practitioners
  • programs that incorporate creative learning capacity building for education leaders and/or teachers
  • programs that provide a legacy for school communities.



Grants of up to $20,000 for projects involving artists-in-residence in school environments, with the activity including approximately 25 days of engagement per school.


Open to all Western Australian Primary and Secondary Government and Non-Government Schools, including Catholic and Independent Schools, and creative practitioners.  


Grants of up to $60,000 for projects and/or programs designed to connect Western Australian arts organisations and creative practitioners with schools.


Open to Western Australian arts and culture organisations, independent practitioners, local government authorities, schools, not-for-profit community organisations and/or not-for-profit community services organisations. 

If you are unsure which category your project is best suited to please refer to the Activity Support Document or contact a Grants and Program Officer – or call 6552 7400.

Application Support Document

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
1 9:00am 1 December 2022 Not applicable 4:00pm 2 February 2023 1 June 2023
  • Residency
  • Collaboration
2 9:00am 26 April 2023 4:00pm 18 May 2023 4:00pm 1 June 2023 From 1 October 2023
  • Residency
  • Collaboration
3 9:00am 22 August 2023 4:00pm 14 September 2023 4:00pm 28 September 2023 From 1 January 2024
  • Residency
  • Collaboration

Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Funding overview

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Closing soon

Closing 4:00pm 28 September 2023

Who can apply

Amount available

  • Collaboration: Grants of up to $60,000
  • Residency: Grants of up to $20,000


You must read the guidelines before submitting an application as they provide essential information.

Creativity for Schools Collaboration guidelines Creativity for Schools Residency guidelines

Successful applications


Page reviewed 24 May 2023