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 to support creative learning projects and the development of creative learning practices in schools. The program invites schools to partner with Western Australian creatives to connect and learn about creative processes. 

Creative learning encourages the use of insight, imagination, intuition, connection, questioning, immersive practice, reflection, process driven practice, design, research, fieldwork and observation.  

The two program categories, Collaboration and Residency, support activities utilising arts-based practice to engage students in their learning beyond arts curriculum areas. These activities do not replace the learning in The Arts curriculum subject areas.  

Projects will support access, participation and overall engagement for students (K to 12) and develop educators’ capacity to use creative pedagogy through professional learning with creative practitioners. 

The funded project should be designed as a series of transformative creative learning experiences that is inclusive of multiple curriculum areas and demonstrates deep learning through creativity.  


Objectives

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.

Categories

Residency

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.

Eligibility

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

Collaboration

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

Eligibility

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 – creativelearning@dlgsc.wa.gov.au or call 6552 7400.

Application Support Document

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
April 2023 9:00am 26 April 2023 4:00pm 18 May 2023 4:00pm 1 June 2023 From 1 October 2023
  • Residency
  • Collaboration
August 2023 9:00am 22 August 2023 4:00pm 14 September 2023 4:00pm 28 September 2023 From 1 January 2024
  • Residency
  • Collaboration
April 2024 9:00am 23 April 2024 4:00pm 16 May 2024 4:00pm 30 May 2024 From 1 September 2024
  • Residency
  • Collaboration

Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Creative Learning Partnerships Program

Funding overview

Closed, opening later

Opening 23 April 2024

Who can apply

Amount available

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

Guidelines

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

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Page reviewed 22 February 2024