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. 

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Creative Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Commercial Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Aboriginal Arts (Up to $15,000)

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

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Education institutions

Categories and amounts

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

Create X

Up to $20,000 for collaborations and cultural exchange opportunities.

The Create X grant program offers up to $20,000 to artists, creative industry professionals and arts organisations to undertake collaborations and cultural exchange opportunities with Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia.   
 

Applicants to Create X must also organise a reciprocal residency in Western Australia for an artist, creative industry professional or arts organisation from Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia. 

For information regarding visas and travel advice, please visit the federal government Smart Traveller website.  

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Create X (up to $20,000)

Harmony Week grants

Funding of $2000 is available for diversity and inclusion activities to celebrate Harmony Week 2020.

Activities focused on culture and arts and sport and recreation are encouraged in this funding round.

Culture and arts activities must involve a professional artist or arts practitioner working with the community to design and deliver the activity.

Sport and recreation activities must involve the participation of the community in physical activity or active recreation.

Applications close at 4:00pm on Monday 21 October 2019.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Harmony Week activities ($2000)

In the House

An invitation-only grant program supporting the performing arts in regional WA.

In the House is an invitation-only grant program supporting 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

Categories and amounts

  • In the House (Invited applicants can apply for up to $80,000 per year and a total of $160,000 over the two-year period. )

Outer Metro Arts Grant Program

Supports outer metropolitan local governments to partner with high-calibre arts or community organisations to increase participation in, and access to, arts and culture in their communities.

The program builds on local creative strengths and complements existing programs to maximise participation and community relevance.
 
The program will prioritise projects that engage communities: 
 
  • experiencing socio-economic disadvantage 
  • in growth corridors 
  • with limited or low access to arts and cultural programs 
  • reflecting diverse communities in outer metropolitan Perth.

Available for

  • Local governments

Categories and amounts

  • Outer Metro Arts (Up to $50,000)

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

  • 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

  • Organisations
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Playing WA Multi-year ($400,000)

Playwright Partnership Grant Program

Assists Western Australian playwrights to partner with established producers in commissioning new theatre scripts that tell Western Australian stories. The program offers grants for applications up to $30,000.

Playwrights are asked to submit proposals in partnership with a producing partner who will commission the work. The producing partner must demonstrate the commitment and capacity to develop the commissioned work into a fully professional production within a reasonable timeframe. The producing partner is expected to match funding on a dollar for dollar basis. This may include in-kind support.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Playwright Partnership (Up to $30,000)

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

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Individuals
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Aboriginal communities

Categories and amounts

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

Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative Grant Program

Supports the production and performance of world class theatre in Western Australia. The program offers grants for applications up to $100,000.

The initiative encourages the development of a vibrant and sustainable Western Australian theatre sector by supporting high quality professional productions in the mid-tier sector that include a clear audience development strategy, provide professional development opportunities for WA theatre practitioners and offer the potential to tour regionally and/or nationally.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (Up to $100,000)

Closed funding

Connecting to Country

Connecting to Country provided funding up to $30,000 to enable Aboriginal communities based in the Pilbara and South West regions to spend time on country and strengthen links between their communities, country and culture.  

Acquit your Connecting to Country grant online

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

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