Culture and the arts funding

Culture and the Arts distributes grants and funding to support vibrant and sustainable arts, culture and creative industry sectors in WA. 

Funding news

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

Categories and amounts

  • Aboriginal Arts Commissioning Fund (Up to $300,000)

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

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)

Connecting to Country

Provides funding to support projects that enable Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake on country trips that foster the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, preservation of culture and strengthening of communities.

Funding distributed through Connecting to Country is intended to achieve the following objectives:

  • facilitate sharing of cultural knowledge and skills between generations, such as 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 and
  • promote traditional ways of maintaining cultural knowledge.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Education institutions
  • Aboriginal communities

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

Categories and amounts

  • 15k-plus (Over $15,000)
  • U-15k (Under $15,000)

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.   
 
The program encourages community connection through local initiatives that strengthen community wellbeing and encourage people to reconnect after a period of physical distancing.   
 

The program prioritises projects that engage children and their families, and young people in communities who:  

  • are experiencing high levels of social, health and/or economic impacts due to COVID-19  
  • have limited or low access to arts and cultural programs 
  • are located in regional or remote Western Australia 
  • reflect the diversity of the State.  

Underpinned by the principles of Community, Connection and Collaboration, it is essential that projects embrace community-based arts practice by ensuring:  

  • the activities are by, with, and for the community  
  • the artists are highly skilled art form practitioners and facilitators 
  • the activities are appropriate and reflect the community's aspirations. 

The Creative Communities – Residency category provides for short term artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of four weeks.   

The Creative Communities – Collaboration category provides for significant, collaborative artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Available for

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

Categories and amounts

  • Residency ($30,000)
  • Collaboration ($80,000)

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. 

Stream B supports DLGSC recurrently-funded or project-funded organisations and individuals for events impacted by the extension of the COVID-19 Phase 4 restrictions that were announced by the State Government of Western Australia on 18 August 2020.

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

Categories and amounts

  • Stream A (Up to $150,000)
  • Stream B (Up to $150,000)

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

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

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

Categories and amounts

  • Made in WA (Up to $150,000)

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

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

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

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

Categories and amounts

  • Regional and Remote Festivals Fund (Up to $50,000)

Industry funding

Major Performing Arts companies

The Major Performing Arts companies play a vital role in the development of artists and audiences, as well as being a large employer of artists and arts professionals in Western Australia.

Major Performing Arts companies

Showcase

‘Showcase’ profiles the creativity, skill and talent of artists and arts organisations in Western Australia through media, social media platforms and outdoor screens across the city.

Contact us

Grants Officers

For enquiries relating to the grant programs, including advice or assistance with your application, contact a Grants Officer:

Email the Grants Officer

Online Grants portal technical support

For help to use the portal or for technical issues, email the Online Grants Support Team.

Assistance for people with disability

The department is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats (large print, electronic or Braille) upon request.

If you require special assistance in preparing your application, please call 61 8 6552 7400 or toll free for regional WA callers on 1800 199 090.

Family, friends, mentors and/or carers can attend meetings with you.

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through one of the following:

  • National Relay Service (NRS) then ask for 1800 199 090
  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 1800 199 090
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1800 555 727 ask for 1800 199 090.

Interpreting assistance

For interpreting assistance in languages other than English, telephone the Translation and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.

Regional applicants

Toll free (country WA callers only) 1800 199 090

Page reviewed 05 August 2019