Processing of grant payments to successful applicants will not start until after the grant contract is signed and returned. Depending on the activity start date, we cannot guarantee notification and or availability of grant funds before the activity begins.
Who can apply?
Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply however:
- individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status
- groups including unincorporated bodies, partnerships and individuals informally collaborating on an activity must be based in Australia
- organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (e.g. university, school or government statutory authority)
- WA educational institutions (kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities) cannot apply for curriculum-based arts activity. If you are in any doubt, contact us to discuss your activity
- if you are applying on behalf of Aboriginal people you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of and participation in the activity
- although WA residency is not a requirement to apply for a grant, if you are applying from outside WA you will need to show the benefits to WA artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers in your application.
Disciplines may include:
- Circus and physical theatre
- Community Arts and cultural development
- Cross-art form
- Interactive arts content
- Literature and writing (limited to literary fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, illustrated narrative);
- Multi-arts festivals
- Music theatre and opera
- Other performing arts
- Visual arts and crafts.
What can’t I apply for?
- Purchase of capital equipment including instruments, equipment, software, computers and/or uniforms
- Capital works such as construction or purchasing of studios, work spaces or gallery spaces
- Activities already funded by the department through any of our funding programs
- Activity relating to radio broadcasting
- Display, restoration or conservation of cultural and/or historical material
- Costs of manufacturing and/or producing prototypes
- Fundraising, competitions, prizes and trophies
- The work of State or Federal government departments
- Activity that will be academically assessed or any school curriculum-based activity
- Facsimiles, genealogical works and histories of local governments, clubs, districts and organisations
- Activities related to an individual’s membership in a national organisation
- Ongoing staffing costs
- Film and television activities such as:
- The development or production of narrative shorts or features, pilots for television series, mainstream animation e.g. conventional character-based narrative cartoons
- Documentaries, including documentaries on the arts
- Screenwriting activities or script development for film and television
- Stand-alone documentation activities
- Education activities, or activities where members of the public take part, where the main or only art form being used is film or digital, unless it’s in support of an artist’s work.
What will make my application ineligible?
You will make your application ineligible if you:
- do not adhere to support material limits and format requirements
- do not adhere to budget requirements including requesting more than 80% of your project cost
- start the activity before the eligible start date
- submit an application late
- exceed application limit to the Arts U-15k and Arts 15k-plus programs (no more than 3 submissions per financial year)
- have any key personnel with an overdue acquittal report
- are a staff member of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (staff of portfolio organisations may apply subject to meeting the Code of Conduct and Secondary Employment Policy)
- request funding that exceeds the funding cap of the program
- exceed your $60,000 per financial year limit
- apply for activity that is delivered as part of an educational institution’s curriculum or will be academically assessed
- are a portfolio organisation of the DLGSC
- are an Arts Organisation Investment Program or Major Performing Arts funded organisation.
How much can I apply for?
Eligible applicants can apply for up to $15,000.
This program may fund up to 80% of your activity costs. You must demonstrate at least 20% income, or your application will be ineligible.
When can I apply?
Applications to the U-15k program are open all year round.
Your application closing date is generally 25 business days before the start date of your activity (plus any system upgrades or public holidays).
Please use the U-15k Business Day Calculator to work out your closing date.
You are encouraged to submit your application before your closing date to ensure you have plenty of time to allow for technical or eligibility/resubmission issues. Early submission will ensure you receive notification of your funding before your activity start date.
All times are in AWST (for Perth, Western Australia).
Note: Processing of grant payments to successful applicants will not start until after the grant contract is signed and returned. Depending on the activity start date, we cannot guarantee notification and/or availability of grant funds before the activity begins.
How many times can I apply?
You can apply 3 times in total to the Arts 15k-plus and Arts U15K programs (per financial year, per applicant). This includes ineligible and/or unsuccessful applications.
Successful applicants cannot receive more than a total of $60,000 per financial year to these two programs.
Applications to the regionally focussed grant programs and the Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program do not count towards the three-application limit or the $60,000 total limit.
Only one application can be submitted per program submission closing date.
How do I apply?
Please apply using the Online Grants web portal. For your reference, the core application questions are required.
How will my application be assessed?
Applications to this funding program are assessed by department staff.
All applications are assessed against the 4 criteria:
- Good planning
- Financial responsibility.
Each has a subset of dimensions and weightings which can be found on the next page. More information about the dimensions and definitions, which have been developed by artists and creatives representing their sector, can be found in the application manual.
You are not expected to address all dimensions and definitions, only those most relevant to your application.
Your activity must meet at least one of objectives of the category to be successful. Assessors will consider your application against the relevant dimensions and definitions and allocate a weighted score for each of the four criteria.
See the application manual for more information about how your application will be assessed. Final approval of successful applications depends on available budget and approval by the Minister or delegated authority.
Dimensions of quality
Imagination, authenticity, originality, inquisitiveness, excellence, captivation, relevance, innovation, challenge, risk and rigour.
Quality refers to the level of artistic and cultural significance of the activity. Quality may be demonstrated by, but not limited to; examples of previous work, sector support, timeliness of the work and a strong history in your area of practice. It
may also be demonstrated through the skills and experience of the people involved in the activity, and the alignment of those skills and experience to deliver the project.
Dimensions of reach
Diversity, platform, collaboration, leverage, number and growth.
Reach refers to the level of impact the activity is likely to have. Reach may be demonstrated by including information for; networking opportunities, relevant marketing and promotional strategies, number of participants and the potential increase in audience
Dimensions of good planning
Realistic, achievable, considered, demonstrated research and/or consultation, evaluation.
Good planning refers to the level of consideration which has been given to practically undertaking the activity. Good Planning can be demonstrated by, but not limited to; carefully considered preparation, confirmation of key personnel, a realistic timeline
and achievable outcomes, documented research and/or consultation, and a process of evaluation.
Dimensions of financial responsibility
Value, comprehensive budget, financial self-sufficiency.
Financial responsibility refers to the sound management of the budget. Financial responsibility can be demonstrated by but is not limited to; efficient use of resources, reasonable expenses and an accurate and comprehensive budget. Other sources of income
have been considered and included where appropriate and the activity goes some way towards self-sufficiency.
Three components of your application
There are three components of a grant application: core application questions, financial information and support material. Each plays a significant and distinct role in creating a whole picture about your activity.
Core application questions
Your answers to the core application questions should give assessors an overview of your activity. Each question has a 1500-character limit.
Each question has a 1500-character limit. You can extract a copy of your draft application in Online Grants at any stage to share with others for their feedback.
If you need more information on how to prepare your application, please read the application manual.
Please ensure your activity meets the most current COVID-19 health guidelines.
1. What is the activity you are seeking funding for?
Describe your planned activity. Outline your ideas, what is involved, who you will be working with and how they will contribute. Explain the creative, artistic or cultural relevance or significance of the activity, both for yourself and the relevant sector
of the community.
2. Why do you need to undertake this activity and why do you need to do it now?
Explain the strategic significance of undertaking this activity at this time. Demonstrate the relevance, timeliness and impact of the activity in the context of your individual practice, other WA practitioners, WA communities or for your business or organisation.
If this activity involves a repeat attendance at an event you must show how this proposal builds upon the outcomes of that previous activity.
If your activity includes travel out of WA, you must describe the national significance of the event or opportunity you need to attend or participate in, and you must demonstrate that the activity will have a long-term impact for your practice, or where applicable, for your business or organisation.
3. What outcomes will be achieved?
List the direct outcomes you hope to achieve from your activity. These may include developing your skills, producing a new work or body of work, accessing promotional or networking opportunities, reaching new audiences or markets, or engaging with specific
communities. Where relevant, you should include outcomes and benefits for the participants and audiences for your activity.
4. How do you plan to undertake the activity?
Describe in detail the stages or steps in planning, developing and implementing your activity. Include as many specific details that are essential to the success of your activity. If your activity engages with an Aboriginal community, evidence of consultation
with the community must be provided in your support material.
5. What is the timeline for the activity?
Provide a timeline outlining what will happen at each stage of your activity. The timeline should begin and finish with the Activity Start and End Dates you entered at the beginning of your application.
6. How will you evaluate the activity?
Outline the methods, processes or tools you will use to measure and report your progress towards, and/or achievement of the activity outcomes you outlined in Question 3. Consider how you will know whether you achieved your proposed outcomes.
are your plans for marketing, promotion and/or distribution for the activity?
Marketing includes audience and sector engagement, promotion and distribution strategies. Describe the different methods you will employ to market your activity or distribute
your product to your desired audience, client, consumer or peer group. Activities that do not include a clear public outcome should still include some plan for engagement of peers and promotion of your practice. If relevant, you can include a marketing
plan with your support materials.
The financial information in your budget helps to demonstrate that all elements of your activity have been considered, thoroughly researched and costed. A good budget also provides confidence for the DLGSC that your activity will be a sound investment
for the State of Western Australia.
You should indicate which expenditure items you want the DLGSC to support. List those items in the ‘Additional Notes’ section of the application budget page.
If you are registered for GST you should not include GST in the budget figures. All amounts should be in Australian dollars.
Your funding request is the difference between your expenditure minus your income. To ensure this amount is calculated accurately, seek quotes for all expenditure items (whether or not you intend to include these as support material) and include all costs
associated with the activity, even if they are supplied in-kind.
Many activities will include in-kind contributions in the form of offering something for free or at a discount. More information on in-kind expenditure and income as well as an example of how to demonstrate your in-kind support.
For each expenditure or income item you add to the budget, use the notes area alongside the item to explain how that item relates to the delivery of your activity and how the cost was calculated.
Expenditure items can vary significantly from one activity to another. Any legitimate expense that is eligible can be included in the budget.
Do not duplicate costs in the budget form. For example, if you receive a quote for advertising which includes design, do not add an additional item for design. Simply use ‘advertising’ as the expenditure item, and add a note explaining that
the cost includes design.
Make sure you check the What can't I apply for list for ineligible items.
Eligible expenditure items
Expenses related to the management and administration of the activity. For example telephone/internet, insurance, postage and stationery. Eligible expenditure items in this category may also include audit costs and accessibility costs (expenditure associated
with making your activity accessible to participants or audiences with a disability).
Marketing, promotion and distribution
Costs associated with marketing to your target audience. For example information, promotion and audience engagement activities, advertising, graphic design, merchandise photography, videography, public relations and production of marketing collateral.
Preparation, development, production and exhibition/presentation
Costs related to the remount, production and delivery of the activity or its deliverables, including the costs of presentation and exhibition. Eligible items may include venue hire, lighting hire, set construction, manufacturing costs, recording fees,
rehearsal space hire, props and audio visual costs.
Salaries, fees and living allowances
Expenditure in this category should include salaries, fees and allowances for all key personnel, with separate components itemised in the budget notes. We support appropriate rates of pay for all people involved in your activity. Refer to the following
websites for information on industry standard payment rates:
If these standards do not apply to your activity then you must outline how reasonable rates have been calculated. For long term activities, it may be appropriate to pay artists a rate based on a yearly salary for a similar kind of work. If this is the
case, you need to clearly explain the rationale for the pay rate in your budget notes.
Travel and freight
Costs associated with transporting people, equipment or goods. Eligible items may include fares (taxi, airplane, bus, etc), tolls, land or air freight, and vehicle hire.
This program does not fund 100% of your activity costs so you must demonstrate at least 20% income, or your application will be ineligible.
Eligible income items
May include ticket sales, product sales, royalties, artwork and/or merchandise sales. For performances, this amount should factor in the number of performances, average ticket price and projected venue capacity.
List any income received through sponsorship from corporate bodies or businesses. Income received through government sponsorship should be included in the relevant government income category.
May include contributions from fundraising, crowdfunding, donations, gifts and bequests.
Australia Council, other Federal Government, other State Government, local government
All grants and sponsorship being sought from local government, State Government, Australian government, the Australia Council, and other government sources must be included, whether or not this support has been confirmed. If your application is to be
assessed by a peer assessment panel, we will attempt to confirm the status of any pending funding applications directly with the funding body prior to the panel assessment. Do not include department grant funds being requested as part of this application.
If you are making a cash contribution, or someone is providing cash to the activity, list this item as a cash contribution or similar. Include any other income source that does not fit within any of the above categories and provide enough detail to identify
the income source.
In-kind expenditure and income
Some expenses may be offered to you for free or at a discount. This might be borrowed equipment, the use of a rehearsal space, donated or discounted goods or services, volunteers (including you), negotiated discounted fees and allowances. Anything given
to your project at no expense to you is considered in-kind.
All in-kind expenditure must be included as a budget item under the in-kind expenditure category. The corresponding recognition of in-kind income is created automatically in your online application, and you do not need to enter any in-kind income budget
items. The total in-kind expenditure must always equal the total in-kind income.
If, for example, you are hiring a venue, which would normally charge $2000, and you have successfully negotiated an $800 (40%) discount, you would include venue hire fee as a budget item under the expenditure category of $1200 and $800 under the in-kind
This section of the budget provides an opportunity for you to detail any additional information you feel may help to clarify items within your budget. For example, for fees and salaries you can indicate in this section how you calculated your amount.
You should use this section to indicate which expenditure items you want the department to support.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) considers any grant payment to be taxable income for the purposes of your annual income tax return. If you receive a grant you are encouraged to discuss your tax implications with your tax agent or the ATO.
Registered for Goods and Services Tax
If you are registered for GST you must show your expenditure items exclusive of the GST component. For example, you have been quoted $550 including GST for lighting hire. In your expenditure budget you would only show lighting hire of $500. If your activity
is funded, the department payment will include a 10% GST component to cover those items on which GST is payable.
Not registered for Goods and Services Tax
If you are not registered for GST you must show your expenditure items inclusive of the GST component. For example, you have been quoted $550 including GST for lighting hire. In your expenditure budget you would show lighting hire of $550. If your activity
is funded, the department payment will include the GST component for those items on which GST is payable.
Support materials are crucial to a successful application and are essential for assessors to fully gauge the value of your activity. It is highly recommended you pay close attention to the support material you choose and make sure it offers the best support
for your application. Your choice of support material should help to demonstrate the four assessment criteria: quality, reach, good planning and financial responsibility as well as the objectives of the category you are applying to.
You can select up to three out of the five units of support material.
Within each unit there are acceptable formats and limits. You must strictly adhere to these formats and limits or your application will be ineligible. Formats that are NOT eligible are: .pages, .zip, .excel, MP3s and .eml (however screenshots of emails
As an Online Grants portal user, you can choose to upload your support materials with your online application OR you can post/courier your materials to us (e.g. as printed matter, on CD or USB drive). If you choose to post your support material this must
be done on the same day as submitting your application online. Mail must be post marked the same day or earlier as the application submission date.
No matter which way you choose to submit your support material, if you are submitting audio and/or video files you must upload them to file streaming sites like Vimeo, YouTube, Bandcamp or SoundCloud that do not require a log-in to access. Do not use
Dropbox for any support material.
You can find instructions on how to use these sites at the following links:
Online submission of support materials is preferred however we do accept posted materials. If you need to submit by post, please contact us to discuss your options. More information about how to submit your materials can be found in the application manual.
Units of support material (select up to 3)
Unit 1 audio
6 minutes of audio (combined total length of all audio submitted for assessment).
Examples of material
- Examples of previous work or activities
- Other audio (for example interviews, recordings, presentations) that supports your activity.
Acceptable formats and limits online and postal submissions
- Maximum 3 links
- Maximum 6 minutes total listening time (all files).
If your audio files are longer than 6 minutes in total, you must specify the exact minute markers the assessor should start and finish listening.
Unit 2 video
6 minutes of video (combined total length of all video submitted for assessment).
Examples of material
- Examples of previous work or activities
- Other video (for example interviews, recordings, presentations) that supports your activity.
Acceptable formats and limits online and postal submission
- Maximum 3 links
- Maximum 6 minutes total viewing time (all files).
If your video files are longer than 6 minutes in total, you must specify the exact minute markers the assessor should start and finish viewing.
Unit 3 images
10 images (combined total of all images submitted).
Examples of material
- Examples of previous work or activities.
Acceptable formats and limits
- Online submission: maximum 10 images in one of the following formats:
- One PDF document containing up to 10 images (maximum file size 5 MB); or
- 10 image files (maximum file size 5 MB per image)
- Postal submission: maximum 10 printed images or USB/CD containing up to 10 images.
Note: links to images online are not accepted.
Unit 4 text
10 pages of text (combined total number of all text pages in documents submitted for assessment).
Examples of material
- Applicant CV up to 2 pages
- Short biographies/profiles for key creative or artistic personnel*
- Participant confirmation*
- Quotes for major expenditure items/confirmation of fees*
- Business, brand, group or organisation profile
- Letters of peer/industry support (outside of your activity)*
- Reviews, media reports or articles on your previous work
- Evidence of confirmed events, activities or appointments*
- Confirmation of consultation and/or support from the target community/participants such as Aboriginal communities or young people
- Evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement, participation and decision making (where relevant)
- Marketing and/or promotional plan
- Synopsis of proposed text/script (1 page)
- Curatorial statement (1 page)
- Director’s notes (1 page)
- Invitations to present, perform, exhibit or showcase*.
*Can include emails as screenshots, converted to PDF or printed. For quotes, you can take a screen shot or snip of the essential information and we would suggest up to 5 per A4 page.
Acceptable formats and limits
- Online submission: maximum 10 A4 pages of text in PDF or Word only (maximum file size 5 MB per document)
- Postal submission: maximum 10 printed A4 pages or USB or CD containing up to 10 A4 pages.
All text must be legible at 100%. If text is not legible the assessors will be unable to review this document.
Note: links to this information online are not accepted.
Unit 5 document
10-page activity-specific document.
Examples of material
If relevant to your activity you may use Unit 5 to include document/s such as:
- literary manuscript
- play script
- publishing samples
- marketing plan
- product catalogue
- activity plan.
Acceptable formats and limits
- Online submission: a single Word or PDF document only, containing a maximum of 10 A4 pages (maximum file size 5 MB).
- Postal submission: one printed document only, containing a maximum of 10 A4 pages or USB or CD containing a maximum of 10 A4 pages.
Note: links to this information online are not accepted.
If you’re successful you will be required to fill in an acquittal report when your activity has finished. An acquittal report details your activity and how you spent the grant. The acquittal report will be available for you to access in Online Grants
once a copy of your signed funding agreement has been received.
Your acquittal report must be submitted within 90 days of the activity completion date as specified in the funding agreement.
You will need to attach relevant documents, images and videos that substantiate the delivery of the activity and that may demonstrate the impact and outcomes achieved.
The report will also include your activity budget and you will be required to enter all the actual figures against each budget item and add any additional items not in the original budget. Variations between budget and actual figures are acceptable; however,
you must provide an explanation for large variations in the Notes for that item. As you enter actual figures, the activity profit/loss will be automatically updated and displayed at the top of the Financial Information page.
The funding acquittal report also includes the option to provide feedback to help us to continually review and improve the service we provide.