Aboriginal Arts Grants Program

Up to $40,000 is available from the Aboriginal Arts Grants Program to support the long-term growth and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in WA.

Aboriginal Arts Grants Program

Aboriginal Arts Grants Program

The Department of Culture and Art’s Aboriginal Arts Grants Program provides Aboriginal artists with funding for  activities which will support the long-term growth and sustainability of Aboriginal arts and culture in WA.



Grants are available for a range of activities that will deliver on one or more of the following objectives:

  • promote or facilitate greater engagement of Aboriginal communities in the arts;
  • encourage the expression of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal culture, individuality, spirituality and empowerment through the arts;
  • encourage the involvement of Aboriginal arts expertise, skills, knowledge and resources;
  • support long term skills development goals for Aboriginal artists, arts workers and communities;
  • support Aboriginal cultural maintenance;
  • deliver artistic and social outcomes for Aboriginal communities through the arts.

To be successful, your application should align to one or more of these objectives.



There are two funding categories:

  • Projects under $15,000 – provides funding of up to $15,000 for small to medium-sized projects and activities.
  • Projects $15,000 plus – provides support for larger projects over $15,000. Funding for travel is only provided if it’s a part of the overall project.


Eligible Activities

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • exploration of new ideas through research and/or development;
  • creation, production and/or presentation of new works or events including collaborations between communities of practice;
  • the revival, reinterpretation, distribution or public presentation of existing works or events;
  • commissioning of new works;
  • creative and/or professional skills development;
  • participation in skills or professional development workshops or residencies where entry is competitive and/or by invitation;
  • a residency or mentoring opportunity that is significant to the development of an arts practice;
  • a residency by an artist in an educational community;
  • visual arts or craft retrospectives in which the work is viewed in a contemporary context;
  • community engagement workshops and events;
  • cultural maintenance activities with a clearly defined arts component such as bush trips, intergenerational skills transfer, recording of cultural stories for archival purposes; and/or collection of traditional materials for construction of cultural products.


Eligible Applicants

Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply, however:

  • individuals must have Australian citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • groups including unincorporated bodies, partnerships and individuals informally collaborating on a activity must be based in Australia;
  • organisations must either be registered under law (e.g. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (e.g. university, school or government statutory authority).

WA educational institutions (kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities) cannot apply for curriculum-based arts activity. Educational institutions may apply for an artist-in-residence activity.

If you are applying on behalf of Aboriginal people you must provide evidence of significant Aboriginal involvement in the conception, development of and participation in the activity.

Although WA residency is not a requirement to apply for a grant, if you are applying from outside WA you will need to show the benefits to WA artists, creatives, arts or cultural workers and the local community in your application.



Applications are open year round for the under $15,000 category.

Applications for the over $15,000 category opens 30 July 2018 and closes 6 September 2018.


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