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Lotterywest Dream Plan Do is a platform for diverse voices and stories to be shared with new audiences

Lotterywest Dream Plan Do supports culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) community groups who would like to develop a community arts project that celebrates and shares their stories and experiences.

Community groups who participate in the Lotterywest Dream Plan Do program receive structured mentoring from an arts worker who helps them to plan, develop and deliver their project idea, as well as funding of up to $20,000 for the organisation to use to produce and deliver the project.

Empowering Communities

DREAM – a fresh project idea

PLAN – the steps to achieve your outcome

DO – the project while developing your skills the support of experienced mentors

Important Notice

CAN is extending the Lotterywest Dream Plan Do application deadline to Friday 8 May. In these uncertain times, with the situation changing almost daily, we are mindful of the impact this pandemic is having on communities. We understand that your application might take longer to develop given the social distancing and self-isolating measures in place.

CAN and the Lotterywest Dream Plan Do team will be doing everything possible to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all those we work with. We are following the Australian Government’s social distancing recommendations and will be conducting all meetings via phone or video conference. We are also pursuing alternative ways of delivering our mentoring and professional development workshops.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or concerns. We would love to speak with you about your project – please book a phone or video-call appointment with us.

Contact Dream Plan Do

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*CAN acknowledges the definition of a person/s who identify as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) varies greatly and that the term is not definitive. In this instance we have used the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) definition of CaLD to make reference to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that make up the Australian population. It includes groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language or ethnicity except those whose ancestry is Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Lotterywest Dream Plan Do is a uniquely designed mentoring program which supports diverse community groups to develop creative projects that share their stories.

Through Lotterywest Dream Plan Do, groups can access:

  • Support with project management, budgeting, finance and administration
  • Structured mentoring to help you plan, develop and deliver your project idea
  • Funding of up to $20,000 for your organisation to use to produce and deliver the project
  • Professional development and networking opportunities with arts workers and arts organisations.

If your organisation or community group has a great project idea and is keen to develop project management and arts production skills, we want to hear from you. Previous experience is not required. Interpreter services are available.

Interested community members are encouraged to book an appointment with a Dream Plan Do coordinator.

Phone: 9226 2422

Please fill out the application form in the link below, and email it to by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020

DPD Application Form

Your application will be assessed by an independent panel of arts practitioners.


Can any community group apply?
This program is open for culturally and linguistically diverse community groups and organisations. If you are unsure if your group qualifies, please attend an information session.

When do applications close?
Applications close 5.00 pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

I applied in 2019 but was unsuccessful. Can I apply in 2020?
YES! You are welcome to apply; however, the format of the program has changed in 2020. Please contact a Dream Plan Do Coordinator to see if this grant is relevant for your community group.

I didn’t make it to the information session. Can I still apply?
Yes, please contact a Dream Plan Do Coordinator directly to discuss your application

Community Arts Network (CAN) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably experienced and qualified mentors to work closely with the 2020 Lotterywest Dream Plan Do community groups and help to develop CAN’s work with CaLD communities in Western Australia.

Dream Plan Do is a uniquely designed mentoring program for CaLD community groups who have not previously received government funding. Through Lotterywest Dream Plan Do, groups are able to access to funding to bring to life a community arts project, developing skills in project management, budgeting, arts production and management along the way. 

CAN and the Lotterywest Dream Plan Do team will be doing everything possible to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all those we work with. We are following the Australian Government’s social distancing recommendations and will be conducting all meetings via phone or video conference. We are also pursuing alternative ways of delivering mentoring and professional development workshops.

EOI for Mentors 2020

EOI process

Interested applicants should provide: 

  1. A two page EOI outlining:
    – Relevant skills and experience with working with diverse cultural groups and communities
    – Relevant skills and experience delivering community art projects
    – How your work history and personal approach aligns with this role and CAN’s values.
  2. A current CV including 2 references.

Please send your submission to by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview in April.

Congolese TWA Community WA

This project aimed to empower newly arrived and established migrants from Central Africa and Swahili- and French-speaking Congolese backgrounds who were underemployed and looking for ways to gain financial independence. The group met regularly over several months to learn how to make vibrant pieces of embroidery, crochet and weaving. The group celebrated with an exhibition and gathering at the Multicultural Centre, City of Stirling, during which participants shared the power of the project. They spoke of how meeting to develop craft skills and the sharing that took place around the making, brought to life connections with home, with each other here and with their children to pass on. They subsequently sold their crafts at local Mirrabooka Multicultural Markets, developing their enterprise skills. The group also reported that the project had a profound effect on the participants’ confidence, family relationships and community connection.

Congolese Community of WA


CTRL is a community of young people from CaLD backgrounds that aims to empower emerging local young designers, musicians, athletes and other creative personnel. The group’s leader Atem, who spent some years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Australia in 2009, conceptualised a fashion show and online media brand to showcase local Australian talent that spoke to his friends and age group. Through the event, Atem wanted to “highlight and disrupt the deference we have for international designers in preference for local works of quality”. The event took place in November 2019 attracting a diverse young audience of two hundred people.

Palestinian Community of WA

Traditional Palestinian embroidery – tatreez – has remained a vital part of the living tapestry of Palestinian culture for centuries, and tatreez is as important as ever since the fragmentation of Palestinian society in 1948. The project Palestinian Threads and Stitches: A Tapestry of Home and Diaspora brought together twelve Palestinian women living in Western Australia – diverse in their life histories but united by the common threads of identity – to stitch both their tatreez and their stories back together in the diaspora. The result is a vibrant tapestry of contemporary Palestinian cultural identity. This exhibition opened on International Women’s Day 8th March 2020 at Midland Junction Arts Centre, and remains on display until 20th June 2020.

Pojulu Community Association in WA

This art project was designed to improve well-being and build the capacity of community members through the sharing of culture. It involved inter-generational dance and drumming workshops, story sharing times and celebration that strengthened family and community connections. It enabled  community members spread across the outer metropolitan area to come together. It brought different groups within the Pojulu community together to heal from past traumas and strengthen their relationships. Through the project, the Pojulu community created deep engagement and a vibrant cultural experience for its broad community.

AFG Young Leaders

The AFG Young Leaders group met regularly during 2019 for cultural gatherings at which the elders passed on their knowledge of traditional Afghan culture, arts and crafts practices with young people, many of whom have lost touch with their Aghani heritage. As many of the elders do not speak English, the young people act as interpreters, which fosters intergenerational connections and strengthens the community. Young people are also given some responsibility in planning these gatherings, which develops their leadership and collaboration skills.

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