Regional funding

Funding for regional Western Australia.

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Sport and recreation

Active Regional Communities Grants

Opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities.

The Active Regional Communities (ARC) Grants program aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation activities in regional Western Australia and is tailored to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of sport and active recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of the State.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Participation (Grants up to $5000)
  • Capacity Building (Grants up to $5000)
  • Event Hosting (Grants up to $5000)

Club Night Lights Program

Providing financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure.

The Club Night Lights Program exemplifies the State Government’s commitment to the development of sustainable floodlighting infrastructure for sport across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance to community groups and local governments to develop sports floodlighting infrastructure. The program aims to maintain or increase participation in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • State sporting associations
  • Active recreation organisations

Categories and amounts

Community Place Based Grants

Co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs.

The Community Place Based Grants program provides funding for the development and delivery of co-designed, place based structured holiday and out-of-school activity programs in the Kimberley, Goldfields, Pilbara and Gascoyne regions.

The program includes a process to work with local government, Aboriginal leaders and service organisations, to embed sport and recreation in community-led activities and events that target vulnerable and at-risk youth and their families.

The aim is to fund programs for multiple years to ensure a consistent quality approach to programs to get traction, build capacity and have a collective impact.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Regional local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) exemplifies the Western Australian Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Through CSRFF, the State Government will invest annually in the development of high-quality physical environments in which people can enjoy sport and recreation.

There is $12.5 million available for allocation in the 2022/23 funding round.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

Every Club Grant Scheme

Eligible local governments are supported to build the governance, planning and management practices of sport and recreation clubs.

The Every Club Grant Scheme aims to ensure sport and recreation clubs are supported to build their organisational capacity and capability through accessible and flexible club development services.

The department provides funding to eligible local governments to:

  • Provide education, training and professional development opportunities for the sport and recreation club workforce.
  • Support sport and recreation clubs to adopt good governance, planning and management practices.
  • Demonstrate partnerships between LGAs, SSAs, regional sporting associations and sport and recreation clubs.

Available for

  • Local governments

Categories and amounts

  • Metropolitan local governments (Up to $50,000 per annum to a total of $150,000 over the 3-year funding period)
  • Regional local governments (Up to $50,000 per annum to a total of $150,000 over the 3-year funding period)

North West Travel Subsidy

North West Travel Subsidy aims to assist young athletes from the North West with travel costs.

The North West Travel Subsidy (NWTS) aims to encourage participation in identified sport and active recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne and other remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields regions.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Individual (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $700 per person)
  • Individual (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $800 per person)
  • Individual (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Team (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $2300 per sport)
  • Team (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $2500 per sport)
  • Team (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team (other regional remote locations) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Individual (other regional remote locations) (Up to $600 per person)

Regional Athlete Support Program

Developing young regionally-based talented athletes to train and compete in regional WA.

The Regional Athlete Support Program is a statewide network supporting regional-based talented athletes, coaches and officials which allows athletes to continue their development and progress along the athlete pathway from their home environment.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • State sporting associations

Categories and amounts

Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to regional Western Australian athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting regional athletes who have progressed into the high performance pathway of their chosen sport and are pursuing regional, state and national representation.

Eligible regional athletes can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses directly related to competitions and programs in accordance with the performance level categories and eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

Subsidies for regional athletes are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Category 3 (Up to $500 plus regional athlete support for eligible athletes)
  • Category 5 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)
  • Category 4 (Regional athlete support for eligible athletes up to $500)

Regional Organisation Grants

Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) aims to improve the quality of sporting and active recreation opportunities for people in regional Western Australia whilst assisting the department meet its regional strategic outcomes.

The Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) program aims to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia, whilst assisting the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) meet its regional strategic outcomes. 

ROG is a funding scheme only available to not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation and whose activities meet the primary objectives of this program.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Category A: Regional ($20,001 to $50,000)
  • Category B: District or Zone ($5000 to $20,000)

Regional Servicing Grants

Improving capacity and participation growth.

Regional Servicing Grants aim to improve the capacity and grow participation at a regional level through a State Sporting Association (SSA), and to improve the quality of sporting opportunities for people in regional Western Australia.

Available for

  • State sporting associations
  • Industry representative bodies

Categories and amounts

Culture and the arts

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)

Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building

Providing business development support for planning and skill development in the regional Aboriginal arts and culture sector.

The program intends to:

  • support Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations based in regional and remote Western Australia to develop strategic, business, succession, sustainability, and/or governance plans
  • increase support for the development of the Aboriginal arts and cultural industry in regional and remote Western Australia
  • support cultural tourism, audience development and economic diversification by strengthening Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations in regional and remote Western Australia
  • support long-term skills development goals for Aboriginal arts workers, artists and communities in regional and remote Western Australia
  • improve economic and employment growth in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

Available for

  • Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations
  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building (Up to $30,000)

Community Participation and Inclusion Program

Improving social inclusion and access to arts and culture in regional WA.

Funding delivered through the Community Participation and Inclusion Program is intended to:

  • facilitate participation in arts and cultural activities for people from diverse backgrounds
  • encourage the creative expression and development of diverse perspectives and ambitions
  • provide opportunities for marginalised communities to strengthen and present their art and culture
  • support the production of authentic, distinct creative works that tell Western Australian stories and celebrate diversity
  • create arts and cultural employment and career pathways for regional Western Australian artists and creatives from diverse backgrounds
  • contribute to social inclusion, wellbeing, cohesion and vibrancy in regional Western Australian communities.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

Categories and amounts

  • Community Participation and Inclusion (Up to $80,000)

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.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments

Categories and amounts

  • Category 1 (Up to $80,000)
  • Category 2 (Up to $60,000)
  • Category 3 (Up to $40,000)

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning

Incentivising regional local governments to develop creative and cultural plans and activities.

Funding delivered through Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning is intended to:

  • support the creation of co-designed creative and cultural plans for regional local governments, groups of regional local governments or regional zones in WA
  • ensure integration of creative and cultural plans with regional local government Strategic Community Plans
  • increase support for the development of the arts, cultural infrastructure, heritage and creative industries in regional WA
  • improve economic and jobs growth in regional communities
  • support activities that encourage cultural tourism opportunities and the creative and cultural industries
  • contribute to the vibrancy and social wellbeing of regional communities. 

Available for

  • Regional local governments

Categories and amounts

  • Activity (Up to $25,000)
  • Plan (Up to $50,000)

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)

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)
Page reviewed 02 March 2022