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Where to obtain funding

Department for Culture and the Arts
Phone: (08) 6552 7300
Freecall: 1800 199 090
Web site:

Arts WA's role is to address the overall development of arts and culture in Western Australia through; increasing the community's awareness of the arts and culture; developing partnerships with the private sector to gain new resources for the arts community: developing strategies to promote and Markey the State' arts and cultural resources; promoting new commercial opportunities; and supporting the arts through funding.

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund
(Department of Sport and Recreation)
Phone: (08) 9492 9700

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure. The program aims to increase participant in sport and recreation with an emphasis on physical activity, through well planned activities.

Regional Arts Fund - Projects and Residencies
Phone: 1800 811 883

Up to $20,000 to support communities to work with professional artists to create innovative work in any artform, whilst developing partnerships in the community.
For more information contact the Regional Arts Development Officer

Quick Response Grants
Up to $1,500 to support small-scale arts development initiatives and professional development opportunities. For more information contact the Regional Arts Development Assistant
Closing date: Open all year round.

Phone: (08) 9476 7000     Toll Free 1800 644 177

Healthway will fund health promotion projects, sport, art and racing activities that promote health lifestyles. Various levels of funding are available. A four month lead in-time is required.

Arts Sponsorship Program - Sponsor arts activities that provide opportunities to deliver health messages to target audiences, particularly young people, as well as encourage excellence in the development of the arts in Western Australia.
Racing Sponsorship Program - Healthway welcomes sponsorship proposals that provide opportunities to promote healthier lifestyles to target audiences in racing settings.
Sport Sponsorship Program - Healthway welcomes sponsorship proposals that provide opportunities to promote health, particular but not exclusively to young people, while taking into account the long-term viability of sports.

Phone: (08) 9340 5270

This program supports the communities of WA to meet the needs of their community and enhance the quality of Western Australia. Amounts of grants vary according to the project. A four- month lead in time is required.

Phone: 1800 199 090

Arts WA is a division of the Department of Culture and the Arts and acts as the main State Government funding authority for key organisations including:

  • Art on the Move
  • the Artist Foundation of WA
  • Community Arts Network WA;
  • Country Arts WA
  • Disability in the Arts
  • Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (WA) Inc- DADAA WA
  • Southern Edge Arts
  • Magabala Books
  • WA Music Industry Association (WAMIA)

In 2003, more than $3.5 million in project funds was distributed through Dept for Culture and the Arts four assessment panels: Arts Development, Indigenous Arts, Young People and the Arts, Contemporary Music and the Artflight program and other creative arts sector development programs.

Dept for Culture and the Arts invites application from individuals, groups, Local Government and Organisations, requiring financial assistance to undertake arts activity in all artforms (excluding film, television and radio).

Please check the web site for details of the 2004 funding round closing dates and then call Arts WA to speak to the relevant Project Officer prior to submitting your application.

Community Arts Network WA (CANWA)
Telephone: 1800 681 021

CAN WA is the peak body in Western Australia for training and development in Cultural Planning, Community Arts and Community Culture. CAN WA uses Community Cultural Development processes and works to encourage the unfolding of self through community imagination, creativity and long term integrated planning. CAN WA's programs are: Cultural Planning, Networking and Development, Funding, Liveworx (for youth) and Indian Ocean Community Development.

Country Arts WA
Phone: 1800 811 883

Country Arts WA is the state's only organisation 100% focussed on serving regional arts groups, across all areas of the arts. It is a source of information, advice, referrals to other service providers and contacts, and has staff available via phone, email and where possible at your place. Country Arts WA also coordinate a major annual performing arts touring program.

The following grant programs are run each year:

  • Annual Funding (for annual arts programs).
  • Regional Arts Fund; Quick Response (for last minute arts opportunities) and Project and Residencies.
  • Share the Risk (support for organisations in a guarantee against loss form to assist with the presentation of professional performing arts events).
  • Yculture program (youth arts projects).

Phone: 1800 644 177

Healthway sponsors arts and cultural activities which target one or more 'at risk' or priority population (identified as youth, indigenous people, rural and remote communities, groups with low income levels and low levels of education and others in whom health inequalities exist) and which provide opportunities for health promotion.

Sponsorship is available to incorporated organisations wishing to conduct projects which increase participation and/or improve the quality of community based arts or cultural activities. All applications must be submitted to Healthway four calendar months before the commencement of the project.

Telephone:9340 5100

Lotterywest conducts a wide range of grant programs, a number of which are relevant to culture, arts and heritage.

Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI)
Telephone: 9426 8690

Aims to assist and encourage the involvement of all Western Australians in projects and events that facilitate positive interaction among the citizens of our diverse community. Examples of applications that have received funding include cross-cultural festivals, community events and celebrations, concerts and plays, seminars, workshops, forums, exhibitions and conferences. Grant amounts will vary according to the scope of the project, but priority is given to applications that have; the potential for "flow-on" benefits; attract income from other sources; and demonstrate community support.

OMI promotes Harmony Week and is offering small grants of up to $500 to assist not-for-profit community based groups and local government authorities around the state to plan and coordinate activities or events to acknowledge and appreciate our cultural diversity.

Festivals Australia
Telephone: 1800 819 461

Provides assistance to regional and community Australian festivals for the presentation of quality cultural activites. Funding is available to add a really new or special sort of cultural activity that has never been done before and could not be afforded.

South West Development Commission
Telephone: 9792 2000

The South west Development commission has two grant programs as outlined below. Applications for both open around August each year and information at that time is available from their web site .

Regional Development Scheme Program (RDS) RDS provides financial assistance for projects that attract investment and increase employment in the South West Region. The West Australian Government provides financial assistance from $5,000 to $150,000 per project, subject to yearly approval by Cabinet.

South West Events Program
Telephone: 9792 2000

Under the South West Events program, the South West Development Commission provides grants up to $5, 000 for South West festivals, events and markets. Events which are in early stages of development, help bring visitors to the region, are of regional significance and that provide a high quality experience are considered.

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