Regional funding

Funding for regional Western Australia.

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Sport and recreation

Active Regional Communities Grants

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

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

Available for

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

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 organisations recognised as the industry regional representative body.
  • Not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation.
  • Other community not-for-profit community organisations.
  • In the absence of a suitable sport or recreation organisation, a local government is eligible to apply.

Categories and amounts

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

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

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

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

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

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

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

Available for

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

Who can apply

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

Must be incorporated.

Categories and amounts

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

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

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

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

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

Available for

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

Who can apply

  • 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)

Every Club Grant Scheme

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

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

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

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

Available for

  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations

Who can apply

Categories and amounts

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

North West Travel Subsidy

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

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

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

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

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals

Who can apply

  • Regionally-based athletes representing their sport
  • Funding support for Gascoyne, Kimberley, Pilbara, remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields regions only
  • Funding amount depends on the region and the event.

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)

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.

Regional Organisation Grants are not an open funding scheme.

Regional Organisation Grants is a funding scheme only available to peak bodies considered regionally or culturally significant and have the ability to fulfill specific objectives of the department.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Who can apply

  • A regional sporting organisation recognised as the peak regional representative body by a State Sporting Association or the department.

To receive funding, an organisation must:

  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia) with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Indigenous organisations under Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI);
  • Have acquitted all previous grants prior to the application being submitted unless the grant is still current; and
  • Be affiliated where appropriate with a State Sporting Association or Industry Peak Body recognised by the department.

Categories and amounts

  • Ongoing

Culture and the arts

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)

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.)

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)

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)

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)
Page reviewed 24 July 2019