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.

Kids and families playing during a performance.
Image credit: 'Tiger Tale' by Barrowland Ballet (Scotland), 2016 AWESOME Festival. Photo by James Campbell.
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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 and/or
  • 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 artist-in-residence activity will support artists and/or arts organisations to carry out creative work at a community facility or across several facilities for a minimum of 4 weeks. The artists and arts organisation/s will work collaboratively with community members and other key partners, to codesign a project that reflects the diverse needs of the participants during the COVID-19 recovery period. 

3 stakeholders groups

The Creative Communities – Residency category provides for short term artist-in-residence projects that run for a minimum of 4 weeks.   

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


Applications are open to groups, organisations and individuals. 

It is recommended that the application is submitted by the party taking the lead in managing the project. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract and be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

However, the primary applicant is required to demonstrate collaboration and a partnership between all parties. 

Please refer to the Residency category program guidelines and to the Collaboration category program guidelines for more detailed information.


Refer to the guidelines for more information before applying.

Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program Residency category guidelines Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program Collaboration category guidelines

Funding overview

Always open

Who can apply

Amount available

  • Collaboration: $80,000
  • Residency: $30,000

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
Open year-round Always open Not applicable Use the business day calculator (XLSX 25 KB) to work out your submission deadline. At least 25 business days after application submission. Residency
January 2021 9:00am 19 January 2021 4:00pm 22 February 2021 4:00pm 4 March 2021 1 July 2021 Collaboration
April 2021 9:00am 6 April 2021 4:00pm 10 May 2021 4:00pm 20 May 2021 1 September 2021 Collaboration

Recommended resources

The following resources are for applicants of the Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program. They can help you plan your project while ensuring best practice for community-based art activities and to inspire you on what types of projects your community can produce.

Recent grant recipients


Page reviewed 11 April 2021