Funding Sources – A Helpful List


This resource is intended to be a brief outline of the current available funding sources, as of 20 July 2016. Please note that this list is not exhaustive nor should it be used as your only source of information. Refer to the listed funding organisation's website for current detailed information.

Department of Culture and the Arts

Aboriginal Arts
Supporting Aboriginal cultural maintenance, professional development of WA Aboriginal Artists and other projects with arts development outcomes.

Eligible Activities include Collaborations to produce/present new works, Commissioning of new works, Professional skills development and more.

Applications are open year-round for projects under 15K with the closing date at least 25 days prior to the project. Applications over 15K have various open and closing dates, see the DCA website for detailed information.

Creative Development
The Creative Development program aims to support the development and growth of sustainable and professional creative practices. Grants are available for projects or activities aimed at advancing the creative and professional skills of emerging artists, industry professionals, groups and organisations.

Eligible Activites include Creation of new work, production or public presentation of new works/events, Collaborations between communities to produce new work, commissioning new work and professional skills development.

Applications are open year-round for projects under 15K with the closing date at least 25 days prior to the project. Applications over 15K have various open and closing dates. Grants in this category are available for up to 80% of projects expenses (capped at $40,000 for projects over $15,000). See the DCA website for detailed information.

Commercial Development
This program provides funding to assist WA based creative businesses develop their creative potential. Grants are available for projects with the objective of building audiences, accessing new markets and strengthening business profile and income.

Eligible Activities include campaigns to launch new products, opportunities to showcase at national or international events, touring and performance, recording and collaborations between industry professionals.

Applications are open year-round for projects under 15K with the closing date at least 25 days prior to the project. Applications over 15K have various open and closing dates. Grants in this category are available for up to 80% of projects expenses (capped at $25,000 for projects over $15,000). See the DCA website for detailed information.

Community Engagement
The Community Engagement grants provide funding for activities that seek to promote participation and engagement of WA communities in arts and culture. Grants are available for both emerging and established artists, industry professionals, community groups, business and organisations.

Eligible activites include research and development of new ideas, collaborations designed to produce and/or present new work, commissioning of new work, professional skills development and community workshops and events.

Applications are open year-round for projects under 15K with the closing date at least 25 days prior to the project. Applications over 15K have various open and closing dates. Grants in this category are available for up to 80% of projects expenses (capped at $40,000 for projects over $15,000). See the DCA website for detailed information.

Scholarship and Fellowships
The Scholarship and Fellowships program aims to develop high-calibre WA artists and arts workers. Grants support artists and arts workers to undertake intensive creative development. Grants are awarded to applications who demonstrate potential or significant achievements in their field.

Scholarship and Fellowship categories include Young People and the Arts International Scholarship, Young People and the Arts Fellowship, Aboriginal Arts Forward Fellowship, Performing Arts Mid-Career Fellowship, Visual Arts and Craft Mid-Career Fellowship and Creative Development Fellowship

Regional Touring Boost
This grant aims to increase diversity of small to medium professional performing arts shows touring regional WA. The grant is funded by the Western Australian State Government’s Royalties for Regions.

Eligible art forms include theatre, dance, music, circus and comedy. There is no funding cap on this grant. Small to medium WA Groups and Organisations and Individuals may apply for this grant.

Regional Venues Improvement Fund
The Regional Venues Improvement Fund is part of the Royalties for Regions investment in culture and the arts. It aims to assist Local Governments and not-for-profit organisations to improve the quality of performing arts venues.

          The 2016 funding categories were:

  • Minor Technical Equipment Upgrades.
  • Major Technical Equipment Upgrades.
  • Venue Functional Upgrades.

Enquiries for this grant should be sent to grantsprograms@dca.wa.gov.au

 Regional and Remote Touring Fund
The Regional and Remote Touring Fund is part of the Royalties for Regions investment in culture and the arts. This fund aims to give regional communities great opportunities to select their own shows and increase the number and varieties of shows.

Applications can be for up to $200,000 toward a performing arts tour. Performing arts groups, organisations and individual artists may apply for this fund.

Future focus for WA Aboriginal Art Centres (Future Focus)

Future Focus supports Aboriginal Art Centres who wish to develop activities aimed at increasing arts centres viability

Future Focus sits alongside a number of Department of Culture and the Arts initiatives aimed at supporting the Aboriginal Arts Centres.

A Funding cap of $200,000 applies to all capital works.

Eligible activities include business management mentorships, intensive arts development projects, business model assessments and capital works.

 

For further information on any Dept. of Culture and the Arts grants visit www.dca.wa.gov.au

 

Community Arts Network Western Australia (CANWA)

Catalyst Community Arts Fund
This program provides funding to community arts projects or activities that express local culture, values and identity. The projects or activities will promote the values of community empowerment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and self-determination.

Catalyst Community Arts Fund operates 3 categories:

  1. A: Innovate – Innovative community arts project expressing local culture and identity. Applicants must demonstrate new and innovative community arts projects and practices, new ways to engage and work within a community or new art forms in a community.
  2. B: Create – Community arts projects that express local culture and identity.
  3. C: Develop – Professional development for community artists. This grant is for research and/or development for community benefit in the long term.

For further information about CANWA grants visit www.canwa.com.au

 

Country Arts WA

Core Arts Fund
The Core Arts Fund supports regional organisations to coordinate diverse arts and cultural activities.

The Core Arts Fund offers three categories, Peak – providing up to $40,000pa for a three year period with a proven record of successful arts programs, Key – providing up to $15,000pa for a three year period for organisations with proven arts program delivery and Vital – providing up to $10,000pa for a three year period supporting ongoing development of organisations.

 Drug Aware YCulture Regional
The Drug Aware YCulture Regional supports young artists with funding for projects which focus on skills development for young people. The fund is administered by young people, for young people, across all art forms.

Applicants must be aged between 12 and 26 years.  Projects in this category will provide participants an opportunity to develop and learn new artistic skills.

Applications are open year round with a closing date at least 6 weeks prior to the planned project date. Funds in the grant are awarded twice yearly.

Project Fund
The Project Fund benefits regional artists, workers, audiences and communities by supporting access to art and culture.

This fund is only available to regional and remote Western Australian applicants. Activities in all art forms, including visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, music and more are eligible for this fund. Individuals are eligible for up to $15,000. Communities are eligible for up to $30,000.

The closing date for the Project Fund is August 12 2016

Showcase Fund

This once-off funding is to provide WA artists and communities and opportunity to showcase works at a state wide level. Regional and remote artists will have the opportunity to raise their profile and develop audiences with the support of this funding.

Artists who are successful recipients of the Showcase Fund must be available for the showcase from 12-15 October 2016.  Regional artists can apply for up to $15,000 to support projects, including development or remounting of past projects.

The closing date for the Showcase Fund is August 12 2016

Quick Response Grant
Quick response grants assist regional artists, organisations and communities to develop skills or take up professionals for small projects that would otherwise be unattainable.

Funding is available throughout the year. The Quick Response Grant will cover reasonable expenses such as artist’s fees, conference registration, materials and travel costs.

Contact Country Arts to discuss your idea before you begin your application.

Share the Risk
Share the Risk fund is a guarantee against lost program to assist remote and regional communities in losses associated with unexpected events including bad weather and other unforeseen community occurrences.

Various closing dates apply to the Share the Risk fund, check the Country Arts WA website for detailed information

Share the risk can be used in conjunction with other initiatives.

Regional Arts Legacy Grants
The Regional Arts Legacy Grants enable regional Western Australian organisations, communities and individual an opportunity to secure funds that support and stimulate arts activities for one to three years.

There are two categories of grants available, Individuals which includes professional artists and arts workers, and Community including Local Governments, Not-for-profit organisations, groups and networks.

This Grant is intended to be open and non-specific and can support smaller projects or bold visions. Funding can cover artist’s fees, accommodations, travel, material administration and more. Applications are open in late 2016 and will close in March 2017.

Louder
Louder supports live and contemporary music programs extending to regional and remote communities.

Louder aims support music in regional communities by developing regional audiences, developing skills of regional musicians and Ensuring regional people have access to professional performances. Applications are open in 2017.

 

For further information about Country Arts WA grants visit www.countryartswa.asn.au

 

 

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