DCA’s Community Engagement Grants Program provides funding for activities that promote the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in arts and culture.
Grants are available to emerging and established artists, creative industry professionals, arts and cultural workers, community groups, businesses and organisations to undertake a range of activities that have a clearly defined arts or cultural outcome, while also delivering one of the following objectives:
- promoting or facilitating greater engagement of WA communities in the arts;
- delivering artistic and social outcomes for the community through the arts;
- providing opportunities for communities to create and share their stories;
- encouraging communities to engage with and express their culture; and/or
- increasing the relevance and accessibility of arts and culture within communities.
Find the handbook and more information here.
General funding resources
Grants Finder is an online grant search site that identifies suitable and relevant Australian government grants for community projects, against various search criteria.
GrantGuru is a free, searchable online listing of grants and funding programs for community and not for profit organisations and local councils.
The Grants Directory is a compilation of grants available to regional and metropolitan Western Australian communities and local governments. The Directory contains programs provided by the Western Australian Government and selected Commonwealth Government agencies as well as private sector organisations.
Grant Search Australia is a funding information service that highlights sources of financial support for study, travel, research, business and professional development, the arts, sport, community projects and more.
Our Community lists funding opportunities and provides regular updates with its Easy Grants Newsletter.
Other funding sources
Looking for other funding sources to make your project happen? Check out some of the organisations listed below.
Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body and it offers a wide range of grants which support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. To view all the grants offered, visit Australia Council for the Arts Grants.
The WA Department of Culture and the Arts gives communities in Western Australia the opportunity to create and experience arts and culture and it offers Arts Grants across a variety of program areas. For more information, visit DCA’s Grants.
Art on the Move administers three levels of State and Federal funding for the preparation and touring of exhibitions by professional artists.
Country Arts WA helps regional communities use culture and the arts as part of their community’s development. They are an independent not-for-profit organisation and receive funding to deliver programs on behalf of the State and Federal governments.
Healthway provides Arts Sponsorship Programs designed to support arts activities including exhibitions, theatre/dance productions, arts festivals, workshops and arts competitions. In return, these events provide opportunities for the promotion of health messages, the creation of healthy environments and increased participation in the arts.
The Seed aims to help Australian artists from any background who create art and music across any genre to establish themselves as self-sustained, professional artists.
Lotterywest grants are available to Not-For-Profit Organisations and Local Government Authorities in Western Australia. Grants cannot be made to individuals, private or for-profit organisations, government bodies or organisations with a statutory base.
Propel Youth Arts WA is the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia and is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to engage in the arts.
State Government Departments
The Department for Communities provides ongoing funding and one-off grants to non-government organisations and community groups throughout Western Australia.
The Office of Multicultural Interests aims to assist and encourage the involvement of all Western Australians in projects and events that promote the inclusion of Western Australians from diverse linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds in the Western Australian community.
Royalties for Regions invests in regionally-beneficial projects through State Government agencies and the state’s nine Regional Development Commissions.
Local councils offer a number of grants and funding programs established to provide financial assistance to support a range of diverse community projects and individual achievement. Check individual council websites for details.
The Ian Potter Foundation believes that the Arts are a reflection of who we are as individuals, communities and as a nation.
The Myer Foundation provides various small and large grants for the arts and humanities.
Macquarie Group is one of Australia’s oldest and largest corporate foundations, and its Foundation has contributed approximately $A120 million to over 1,000 community organisations over the last 25 years.
Telstra community grants are all about making community connections. Telstra Kids Fund contributes $1million each year to activities that connect Australian children to their local communities and their community campaigns are created to amplify digital opportunities for social impact.
Impact 100 WA and Impact 100 Fremantle are collaborative giving groups that pools its donations to make a significant difference to people in need.
Alcoa supports partnerships and initiatives that help build stronger communities for the future.
Rio Tinto provides support for community-based programs in WA.