The Creative Corner can help you find the right grant for your project or initiative.  Here is a useful list of funding sources we have put together. If you require more information on specific grants listed please contact the organisation directly.

Department of Culture and the Arts

Arts Development

The Arts Development program aims to build sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia by providing support for emerging and established practitioners and arts workers across all art forms.

Program Description

The Arts Development program aims to build sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia by providing support for emerging and established practitioners and arts workers across all art forms. There are four funding categories:

 

Development:

This category supports creative, skills and professional development for emerging and established arts workers and practitioners across all art forms. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups and organisations, subject to meeting DCA’s general eligibility criteria.

Distribution and Marketing:

This category supports the distribution or presentation of an existing WA arts activity, event or product with the aim of expanding markets and enhancing profiles, within WA, interstate and/or internationally. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups and organisations, subject to meeting DCA’s general eligibility criteria.

Visual Arts and Craft Mid-Career Fellowships: DCA awards up to four Fellowships each year to assist outstanding individual visual artists or arts workers to grow their practice and increase their profile nationally and internationally.

Creative Development Fellowships:

These Fellowships are intended to support an intensive period of creative development for outstanding individual arts practitioners without the usual constraints and time pressures of delivering a product. A maximum of two Creative Development Fellowships worth up to $60,000 each are awarded per year

Artflight:

WA artists, arts workers, groups or organisations in all art forms and disciplines can apply for a contribution towards travel and freight costs to attend events that have strategic significance to the development or promotion of their arts practice or profession.

For more information visit https://www.dca.wa.gov.au

Department of Culture and the Arts

Connect Community Collections

DCA’s Connect community collections program supports quality public programs and professional development for Western Australian collecting organisations and collection professionals. The program aims to provide opportunities for collection professionals to develop their expertise in collection management and interpretation, opportunities for artistic engagement with an existing collection, and funding to enable collecting organisations to deliver high quality public programs, exhibitions, events, collaborations or education programs inspired by their collection.
Program Description

There are three categories for this program:

Engaging Collections: This category assists collecting organisations with the delivery of projects or programs to develop their role within the community, create partnerships and increase the quality and range of their public programming activity.

Artist in Residence:

This category enables collecting organisations to engage an artist-in-residence to interpret or work with their collections in an innovative way for a flexible period of time. Residencies may be for any art form, including performance, digital, music or visual arts. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups and organisations subject to meeting DCA’s general eligibility criteria.

Professional Development:

This category supports the development of collection professionals in the management and interpretation of public and community collections. DCA’s definition of collection professionals includes anyone professionally associated with the management and interpretation of community collections, including curators, collection managers, collection interpreters and exhibition designers.

For more information please visit  https://www.dca.wa.gov.au
South West Development Commission

Community Chest Fund

The primary objective of the Community Chest Fund is to improve economic and community infrastructure and services in the South West Region through funding projects that will assist in attracting investment and increasing jobs or help to improve the quality of life in the region.

The Community Chest Fund is administered by the South West Development Commission as part of the Royalties for Regions Program. A component of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, each project funded by the Community Chest Fund is expected to make a difference to local communities. Royalties for Regions is a State Government program designed to promote long-term development in Western Australia’s regions.  It aims to help local communities prosper through promotion of local decision-making and is specifically designed to help regions attract the resources needed to support development.

For more information please visit  https://www.swdc.wa.gov.au

 

South West Development Scheme

Regional Grants Scheme 

SWDC provides grants for South West festivals, events and markets which are of regional significance, promote visitation to the South West and provide a high quality experience.

For more information please visit the following website https://www.swdc.wa.gov.au

 

Catalyst Community Arts Fund

Catalyst is a grants program that provides funding support to community-driven arts and culture activities that express local culture and identity and promote the values of community empowerment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and self-determination. This fund supports projects that assist the community to learn new skills and experience and participate in the arts.

Community Arts Network manages this fund on behalf of the State Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts and is supported by the Mental Health Commission WA.
The Catalyst Community Arts Fund supports projects that:

  • Facilitate and support Western Australian community-determined arts and culture activities that express local culture an identity.
  • Promote the values of community empowerment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and self-determination.

This fund focuses on the community learning new skills, experiencing and participating in the arts. There are four categories of funding available.
For more information visit  https://www.canwa.com.au

Country Arts 

Core Arts Fund

The Core Arts Fund supports regional organisations to coordinate diverse arts and cultural activities. It provides fundamental financial support to the development of Western Australian regional organisations that undertake annual programs of arts and cultural activities that engage a broad cross-section of their community.
The Core Arts Fund supports regional organisations to coordinate diverse arts and cultural activities.  It provides fundamental financial support to the development of Western Australian regional organisations that undertake annual programs of arts and cultural activities that engage a broad cross-section of their community.

Covering core or operational expenses this funding can contribute to costs such as employee salaries, professional fees, rent, power, telephone or insurance.  Organisations with a primary purpose in the promotion and engagement of arts and culture in their community will receive priority with this funding.

The Core Arts Fund is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest.  Please visit Country Arts WA website for more information. www.countryartswa.asn.au

Department of Culture and the Arts

Creative Industries

The Creative Industries program supports projects that strategically develop the potential capacity both creatively and commercially for musicians, fashion designers and industry related businesses. The program aims to raise the profile and commercial potential of the WA contemporary music and designer fashion industry and support businesses that turn original creativity into functional products and services for local, national and international markets.
Program Description

There are four categories for this grant program:

Commercial Development:

This category supports fashion designers, musicians and businesses to access commercial markets, develop skills and infrastructure and build new markets/audiences. Applications are accepted from individuals, groups and organisations, subject to meeting DCA’s general eligibility criteria.

Skills Development:

This category supports fashion and music industry professionals wishing to seek industry experience or collaborate with other industry professionals, locally, nationally or internationally. Projects should aim to nurture the business and creative skills of the applicant, with a focus on the pursuit of professional and creative excellence.

Sector Development:

This category supports the implementation of strategies that have clear commercial and creative benefits, not only for participants, but for the WA designer fashion or contemporary music sectors as a whole.

Creative Industries Travel Assistance: The Travel Assistance category offers a contribution towards travel, freight and accommodation costs for WA musicians, designers and industry professionals to research new markets or attend relevant industry events that have strategic significance to the development or promotion of career/business.

For more information, please visit https://www.dca.wa.gov.au

 

Other useful links 

https://www.fundingcentre.com.au

https://www.grantsdirectory.dlg.wa.gov.au

https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance/grant-finder/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/business-and-industry/grants-and-financial-assistance

https://www.lotterywest.wa.gov.au/grants

https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au