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A group of children interacting with a puppet show

Photo: Audience members in On Our Beach by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Fremantle, WA, October 2019

The grants aim to strengthen local connection in response to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and support a range of initiatives including community arts, music, theatre and visual arts.

Since the program was introduced in August 2020, it has funded more than 90 Western Australian projects across shorter term 'Residency' and longer term 'Collaboration' categories.

The artist-in-residence projects are delivered in collaboration with the artists and a local government authority, school or community group.

The Collaboration category has now finished, with the Residency category remaining open for applications until 31 March  2022. If you have a short term artist-in-residence project, funding of up to $30,000 is available: read the Creative Communities Program Residency category guidelines.

These projects build greater community connection and resilience though the arts. The 2021 Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) Culture and Arts Monitor survey found that 87 per cent of people said that the arts make them feel good and 78 per cent feel the arts is valuable for the community.

The Creative Communities Program is supported by Lotterywest and delivered by DLGSC.

Program activities are featured online at the DLGSC Showcase page.

Creative Communities Program Collaboration category recipients
Ellenbrook Cultural Foundation Incorporated, The Ellenbrook Arts Community Outreach and Residency Program$77,135
The Concrete Club Incorporated, The Hybrid Web$63,449
Meridian Regional Arts Incorporated, Community Wide Project 2, Deeper Connections$80,886
North Midlands Project Incorporated, Time+Place$80,559
Goldfields Women’s Health Care Centre, 130 Women in 130 Years of Kalgoorlie's History$81,185
Esperance Community Arts, Stories of Place$81,125
Breaksea Incorporated, Shadows — A Youth Mentorship Collaboration$81,235
Multicultural Futures, World Music Cafe — Hillview Community Collaborations Project$81,235
Big hART Inc, Songs for Freedom: Recordings from Roebourne$80,435
Siobhan Maiden, Tell It Like It Is$81,235
FORM Building a State of Creativity Inc, INSIDE OUT: Reflective Practice; Creative Journaling$81,235
Glass Jar Australia Limited, Art with the Stars$81,235
Vivienne Robertson, Reclaim the Void: Weaving Country Whole$81,142



Page reviewed 27 February 2023