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

Who can apply

  • State Sporting Associations (SSAs) that oversee regional operations or are representing a local club or association
  • regional sporting club or active recreation organisation
  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or active recreation
  • in the absence of a suitable sport or active recreation organisation, a local government authority is eligible to apply.

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

Who can apply

Applicants must be either a local government or a not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisation incorporated under the  WA Associations Incorporation Act 2015 and have an Australian Business Number (ABN). Clubs must demonstrate equitable access to the public on a short term and casual basis.

The land on which the facility is to be developed must be one of the following:

  • Crown reserve
  • land owned by a public authority
  • municipal property
  • land held for public purposes by trustees under a valid lease, title or trust deed that adequately protects the interests of the public.

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

Who can apply

  • regional sporting club or active recreation organisation
  • a not-for-profit community organisation involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation in a regional area
  • in the absence of a suitable sport or active recreation organisation, a local government authority is eligible to apply.

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 million available for allocation in the 2021/22 funding round.

Available for

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

Who can apply

  • local governments
  • not-for-profit sport, recreation or community organisations

Must be incorporated.

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme helps regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

The Country Sport Enrichment (CSES) scheme provides support to organisations to deliver high level events or competitions or provide access to sport development opportunities for regional Western Australia.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Who can apply

  • State Sporting Associations that are recognised by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)
  • national sport league clubs
  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation
  • local government authorities.

Categories and amounts

  • Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (Up to $30,000 per application per financial year)

Every Club Grant Scheme

Eligible local governments and State Sporting Associations are supported to build the governance, planning and management practices of clubs.

The Every Club Grant Scheme aims to ensure 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 and State Sporting Associations to:

  • Provide education, training and professional development opportunities for the sport and recreation club workforce.
  • Support clubs to adopt governance, planning and management practices.
  • Facilitate partnerships between Local Government Authorities, State/Regional Sporting Associations and sport and recreation clubs.  

Available for

  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations

Categories and amounts

  • Metropolitan local governments ($5000 to $30,000)
  • Regional local governments ($5000 to $40,000)
  • State Sporting Associations ($5000 to $15,000)

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

Who can apply

  • not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or active recreation
  • applications must be made by an organisation for either individual or team funding
  • applicants must reside within a designated region
  • eligibility is limited to athletes aged 13 to 18 years* who reside within recognised regions for this scheme and represent their sport or active recreation club or association. 

*In certain circumstances, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) may consider athletes outside of this age-band on a case-by-case basis.

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

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

Who can apply

Regional athletes aged 13 to 21.

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

Who can apply

  • a not-for-profit community organisation with strategic objectives related to sport or physically active recreation in a regional area
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organisation either under the Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act (2015) or Commonwealth Corporations Act (2001) with an Australian Business Number (ABN), or Indigenous organisations under the Commonwealth Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006)
  • have acquitted all previous grants prior to the application being submitted unless the grant is still current
  • where possible, be affiliated with a SSA or Industry peak body
  • organisations will be required to have current Public Liability Insurance to the value of $10 million per claim or occurrence giving rise to a claim. A certificate of currency of insurance for the coming year should be provided upon application.

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

Who can apply

State Sporting Association or industry peak body overseeing regional operations.

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to Western Australian based: 

  • Aboriginal artists, producers, storytellers, performers, writers and arts and cultural organisations  
  • organisations that work with Aboriginal artists, producers and arts organisations whose applications demonstrate:
    • evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the project, including concept planning, development of the work, decision-making and management
    • partnerships underpinned by Aboriginal self-determination and cultural and creative control,  articulated via an appropriate agreement, such as a Memorandum of Understanding. 
The artist/s undertaking the work must be based in regional or remote Western Australia. Where a work draws on culture or stories local to a particular area, the application must demonstrate that the key personnel is representative of that area, or that appropriate consultation has occurred.
 

Any of the above parties can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended that the application is prepared and submitted by the party that will take the lead on coordinating the commission.

Please note that if successful, the primary applicant will also be the one who is issued with the contract and is responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant. 

Categories and amounts

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

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA based organisations, groups and individuals. 

If you are applying from outside regional WA, you will need to demonstrate the benefits of your project to regional WA communities, artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers, and support from relevant WA regions/communities in your application.

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 over a two-year period.

Available for

  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments

Who can apply

Applications to In the House are open to regional performing arts venues that are operated by Local Governments or not-for-profit organisations, and those organisations which received funding in the past from the department’s Raise the Roof program.

Competitive applications should be able to demonstrate a: 

  • significant commitment to delivering a diverse, high quality annual performing arts program 
  • consistent prior audience engagement data, ticket sales and other forms of revenue
  • genuine willingness to diversify performing arts programming. 

Categories and amounts

  • In the House (Up to $80,000 per year and a total of $160,000 over the two-year period.)

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

Who can apply

Plan category 

Applications are open to regional local governments that are  developing a  new or revised  creative and  cultural  plan.  Applications that involve collaborations with multiple  local government  authorities  will be highly regarded.  

Activity category

Applications are open to regional local government authorities  with  published  or existing  creative and  cultural  plans. 

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to artists, producers and arts organisations working in partnership with regional venues, or vice versa, provided they meet the following criteria: 

  • the artist, arts company, organisation or festival that will develop and/or produce the work is based in WA  
  • the venue or festival that will premiere the work is in regional WA and has the capacity to receive and/or produce touring performing arts productions.  

Any of the above parties can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended that the application is prepared and submitted by the party that will take the lead on coordinating the commission.  

Please note that if successful, the primary applicant will also be the one who is issued with the contract and is responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.  

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA performing arts groups, organisations or individual artists for touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

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

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

Who can apply

Applications are open to WA performing arts groups and organisations that have a demonstrated track record of regional touring.

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

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

Who can apply

  • WA arts groups, organisations or individual artists
  • WA regional local government authorities
  • WA Aboriginal communities.

Any of the above can be the primary applicant; however, it is recommended the application is prepared and submitted by the party taking the lead on the project. If successful, this primary applicant will be issued with the contract will be responsible for receiving payment and acquitting the grant.

Categories and amounts

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