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Active Regional Communities Grants

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

Active Regional Communities (ARC) aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational 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 Western Australia.

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 organisations recognised as the industry regional representative body.
  • Not-for-profit community organisations involved in the conduct of sport or physically active recreation.
  • Other community not-for-profit community organisations.
  • In the absence of a suitable sport or recreation organisation, a local government is eligible to apply.

Categories and amounts

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

Arts 15k-plus

The Arts 15k-plus grant program offers between $15,000 and $60,000 funding for artists, creative industry professionals and organisations to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups

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.

Categories and amounts

  • Sector Development (Over $15,000)
  • Creative Development (Over $15,000)
  • Commercial Development (Over $15,000)
  • Aboriginal Arts (Over $15,000)

Arts Organisations Investment Program

The Arts Organisations Investment Program is an open and competitive multiyear funding program to support Western Australia’s arts, cultural and creative sector organisations.

The objective of the Arts Organisations Investment Program is to invest in a portfolio of small to medium organisations that collectively:

  • create and present high quality and diverse arts, cultural and creative experiences for the people of Western Australia
  • support the sector to develop artform, cultural and creative practices
  • reflect the State’s identity through telling Western Australian stories and developing creative content in Western Australia
  • increase the reach, depth and diversity of audience engagement with, and participation in, the arts, cultural and creative sector
  • contribute to the State’s creative economy, and employ and develop professional artists and arts, cultural and creative workers
  • support the State Government’s priorities of increasing Western Australian employment and attracting tourists
  • are led by boards and lead creatives that reflect the diversity of Western Australian society.

Available for

  • Community organisations

Who can apply

The Arts Organisations Investment Program supports professional arts, cultural and creative organisations that:

  • are not-for-profit
  • have been legally constituted for a minimum of two years
  • are based in Western Australia, or a national organisation offering significant benefits to Western Australians
  • have formal governance and professional operational infrastructure
  • have annual financial budgeting processes and reporting systems with accounts independently audited annually.

The Arts Organisations Investment Program will also consider, on a case-by-case basis, applications from organisations that are directly supported or owned by an academic and/or training institution or local government authority.

To be considered under this exemption, an organisation must separately, and with a degree of autonomy, present professional and/or curated arts and cultural programs that primarily deliver arts and cultural outcomes.

Categories and amounts

  • Producing and Presenting (Minimum of $100,000 per annum)
  • Service (Minimum of $100,000 per annum)

Arts U-15k

The Arts U-15k grant program offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.

The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals

Who can apply

Categories and amounts

  • Creative Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Commercial Development (Up to $15,000)
  • Aboriginal Arts (Up to $15,000)

Community ​​Lan​​guage School gr​​​a​nts

Funding is available to support community language school admin​istration and operati​ons.

Community Language School (CLS) grants are administered by the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) within the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). Grants are available for new and established CLS to support their administration and operation.

Available for

  • Education institutions

Who can apply

To be eligible for grant funding, the applicant organisation must:

  • ​be a not-for-profit organisation based in Western Australia or an association operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia
  • have a constitution or school charter stating that the organisation's purpose is to provide language education
  • be open to students from Kindergarten to Year 12 (K–12)
  • hold classes outside of school hours
  • provide a minimum of one-and-a-half hours of face-to-face language teaching per lesson based on an educational program that is linked to the Western Australian or Australian Curriculum where possible
  • have a minimum of 10 students enrolled in a school year with average attendance rates of at least 70 per cent
  • provide at least 35 weeks of language classes each year
  • participate in the Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) and develop and maintain a school portfolio that meets Registration stage
  • commit to continuous improvement in the area of child safeguarding aligned to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and comply with the requirements of the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.

Categories and amounts

Community Grants Program

Providing funding to empower culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities in Western Australia to design, deliver and partner on projects that address their needs.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) offers grant funding through its Community Grants Program (CGP) with a total annual budget of $500,000.

The program supports CaLD community-led activities that:

  • celebrate and promote WA's cultural diversity
  • build the capacity of individuals, families and communities to contribute to the civic and economic life of the State
  • improve the accessibility and effectiveness of services.

Refer to the funding guidelines and application form for each grant category, for information about the program such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. 

Timeframes for the application and approval process need to be considered by the organisation when planning the project. The process takes approximately four months from submission to approval. It may take longer if the application requires further development or if there is outstanding information.

Applicants should seek advice from an OMI Community Engagement Officer by email about timeframes for application submission based on the stage of development of the project. 

Available for

  • Community organisations

Who can apply

Categories and amounts

  • ​Festivals (Up to $5000)
  • ​Community Capacity Building (Up to $5000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (​Grants over $30,000 and up to $50,000)
  • ​Strategic Projects (Up to $30,000)

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 2020/21 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.

Categories and amounts

  • Small grants (Projects from $7500 to $300,000)
  • Annual and forward planning grants (Projects over $300,000)

Contemporary Music Fund

The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will assist homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.

The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Education institutions

Who can apply

Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.

Categories and amounts

  • 15k-plus (Over $15,000)
  • U-15k (Under $15,000)

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

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

The primary objectives of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme is to help regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives by:  

  • conducting international, national or state sporting events or competitions in regional WA
  • utilising elite athletes to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity and assist in delivering sport development opportunities in regional WA.

Available for

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

Who can apply

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

Categories and amounts

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

Harmony Week grants

Funding of $2000 is available for diversity and inclusion activities to celebrate Harmony Week 2020.

Activities focused on culture and arts and sport and recreation are encouraged in this funding round.

Culture and arts activities must involve a professional artist or arts practitioner working with the community to design and deliver the activity.

Sport and recreation activities must involve the participation of the community in physical activity or active recreation.

Applications close at 4:00pm on Monday 21 October 2019.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Regional organisations

Who can apply

  • Not-for-profit organisations based in Western Australia
  • Associations operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia.

Unincorporated not-for-profit associations and community groups based in Western Australia may apply under the auspices of an eligible organisation or a local government authority able to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant’s project.

Organisations and associations working with children and young people must be committed to creating a safe environment. This includes complying with the Working with Children Act 2004.

Categories and amounts

  • Harmony Week activities ($2000)

In the House

An invitation-only grant program supporting the performing arts in regional WA.

In the House is an invitation-only grant program supporting 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

Who can apply

Applications to In the House are by invitation only and open to regional performing arts venues. Selection of applicants is limited to regional venues that have received funding in the past from the department’s Raise the Roof program.
Those recipients demonstrated:
  • a proven track record delivering a diverse, high quality annual performing arts program
  • a sustainable operational, financial and/or business model, with evidence of consistent audience attendance, ticket sales and other forms of revenue
  • a willingness to diversify performing arts programming.

Categories and amounts

  • In the House (Invited applicants can apply for up to $80,000 per year and a total of $160,000 over the two-year period. )

KidSport

KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation.

KidSport enables eligible Western Australian children aged 5 to18 years to participate in community sport by offering them financial assistance of up to $150 per calendar year towards club fees.

Available for

  • Individuals

Who can apply

All Western Australian children aged 5 to 18 with a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

Categories and amounts

  • KidSport application ($150)

North West Travel Subsidy

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

It aims to encourage participation in identified sport and recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of:

  • Kimberley
  • Pilbara
  • Gascoyne
  • Remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields.

North West Travel Subsidy is not an open funding scheme and is only available to athletes by way of application from their Regional or State Sporting Association or another relevant not-for-profit organisation approved by the department.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Individuals

Who can apply

  • Regionally-based athletes representing their sport
  • Funding support for Gascoyne, Kimberley, Pilbara, remote locations within the Mid West and Goldfields regions only
  • Funding amount depends on the region and the event.

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)

Partnership Acceptance Learning Sharing (PALS)

Grants for WA schools to promote and advance reconciliation

Funding assistance of $1000 is available for your school to complete a PALS project. PALS projects are varied, and your school may already be involved with initiatives that are eligible for PALS funding. PALS funding is available to all WA primary and secondary schools and encourages schools with and without Aboriginal students to participate.

PALS is an initiative of the department which encourages WA schools to develop projects that promote reconciliation in their local community. PALS is based on the core attributes of:

  • Partnership between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people based on trust, mutual respect and understanding.
  • Acceptance of and respect for diversity and valuing Aboriginal perspectives.
  • Learning more about each other, Aboriginal histories, languages and cultures; and how we can build strong partnerships with Aboriginal people.
  • Sharing a common journey towards healing and reconciliation.

 

Available for

  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools

Who can apply

All WA primary and secondary schools.

Categories and amounts

  • Connecting to Country and Culture ($1000)
  • Community Relationships ($1000)
  • History ($1000)
  • Arts ($1000)
  • Inclusive Environments ($1000)
  • Language ($1000)

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
  • WA Regional Development Commissions.

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)

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

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

Regional Organisation Grants are not an open funding scheme.

Regional Organisation Grants is a funding scheme only available to peak bodies considered regionally or culturally significant and have the ability to fulfill specific objectives of the department.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Who can apply

  • A regional sporting organisation recognised as the peak regional representative body by a State Sporting Association or the department.

To receive funding, an organisation must:

  • Be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (Western Australia) with an Australian Business Number (ABN) or Indigenous organisations under Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI);
  • Have acquitted all previous grants prior to the application being submitted unless the grant is still current; and
  • Be affiliated where appropriate with a State Sporting Association or Industry Peak Body recognised by the department.

Categories and amounts

  • Ongoing

Targeted Participation Program

The Targeted Participation Program (TPP) provides funding for organisations to promote participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in sport and active recreation.

The focus is on evidence-based low participation groups. The 2019/20 targeted populations are:

  • Disengaged youth
  • Aboriginal
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD)
  • People with disability
  • Seniors (60+)
  • Insufficiently active
  • Adolescent girls (12 to 17)
  • Low socio-economic

Please contact the department to discuss any potential projects.

Available for

  • Community organisations
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Active recreation organisations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Who can apply

  • Community organisations
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Industry Representative Organisation/Peak Body
  • Local governments
  • Local community groups
  • Sport and recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Category one ($50,001 to $150,000)
  • Category two ($10,000 to $50,000)
  • Category three ($5000)
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