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CAN’s Lotterywest Dream Plan Do is a new community arts mentoring program in 2019, that aims to support arts projects that are bringing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD*) community voices to the forefront. Currently, artistic and cultural representation doesn’t reflect the full range of diverse identities in Australia, and this program is an opportunity for you and your communities to change that!

Up to $20k funding is available to help your organisation or community group:

DREAM – a fresh project idea,

PLAN – the steps to achieve your outcome, and

DO – the project while developing your skills from experienced mentors.

We can support you build successful community arts projects through: arts mentoring, career advice, grant writing, project planning, marketing, management, finance management, networking, finding artists, technology, event management etc.

Previous experience running a project is not required. Interpreter services are available.

If you or a community group or organisation you know are interested in finding out more please contact CAN’s Lotterywest Dream Plan Do coordinator, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa. She is available to meet you and talk through your ideas, with the support of interpreter services if required.

Please email  with your answers to these questions:

1)   Group name

2)   Are you incorporated? (Yes/No/Not sure)

3)   Contact name, phone number, and email address

4)   What is your project or idea and why do you want to do it? (up to 250 words)

5)   List names of who will make this project happen (For example: artists, coordinators, organisers, leaders etc.)

6)   How much will your project cost? (You can apply for up to $20,000)

7)   What support do you need to make this project happen? (For example: grant writing, planning, marketing, finance management, networking, finding artists, technology etc.)


Please note:

– Individuals cannot apply

– Schools cannot apply

– Not-for-profit organisations, community groups, arts and cultural groups, environmental groups, language groups can apply

– Unincorporated groups and groups registered for GST are limited to $15,000

– Project funds must be used in Western Australia


*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.

This mentoring program has been designed to assist CaLD persons who don’t readily have access to services, skills training and other barriers that may preclude them from accessing mainstream arts funding and services. Dream, Plan, Do aims to strengthen and develop the skills of organisations and groups who identify as CaLD and want to develop community arts projects that share and celebrate their stories, experiences and lives.

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