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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Culture and the arts

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. )

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)

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)
Page reviewed 03 July 2020