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f you have an idea for a community arts project or you’re wanting to do some professional development in the community arts and cultural development field, now is the time to contact CAN WA to discuss your idea.

The next round of Catalyst Community Arts funding  is for projects and events commencing after 1 January 2016. Applications are due by 30 September 2015.

The Catalyst fund supports projects that:

  • Facilitate and support Western Australian Community determined arts and culture activities that express local culture and identity.
  • Promote the values of community empowerment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and self-determination.
  • Provide opportunities for communities to learn new skills and actively participate in arts and cultural activities.

Funding is available in 4 categories:

A: Innovate (Applicants can apply for up to $15,000)– New and innovative community arts practices.

B: Create (Applicants can apply for up to $15,000)  – Projects that express local culture and identity.

C: Develop (Applicants can apply for up to $10,000) – Professional development for community artists and cultural development workers.

D: Explore (Applicants can apply for up to $10,000)  – Projects that explore issues of mental health and/or engage with groups at risk of mental health issues.

Visit to download the 2015 Catalyst Funding Guidelines and application forms.

If you’d like to discuss your project, contact CAN WA on 9226 2422 or email

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