Up to $40,000 is available from Community Engagement Grants Program to help encourage WA communities to participate and engage in arts and culture.


Community Engagement Grants Program

The Community Engagement Grants Program provides funding for arts-based activities that promote the participation and engagement of WA communities in arts and culture.



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

  • promoting or facilitating greater engagement of WA communities in arts and culture;
  • delivering artistic, cultural 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.

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



There are two categories of funding available:

  • projects up to $15,000
  • projects more than $15,000 (funding capped at $40,000).

Funding is provided for up to 80% of the project expenses. You are required to fund the other 20% from other sources.


Eligible Projects

To be eligible the project must:

  • involve emerging or established practicing artists, arts and cultural workers, or cultural practitioners;
  • engage with and benefit a defined community.

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • exploration of new ideas through research and/or development with a community;
  • collaborations with a community or communities that are designed to produce and/or present new work, public programs and/or events;
  • commissioning of new works;
  • professional and/or skills development of individual artists, arts workers or cultural workers;
  • participation in skills or professional development workshops where entry is competitive and/or by invitation;
  • the engagement of an artist-in-residence by a collecting organisation to interpret, revive or work with their collection in an innovative way;
  • a residency by an artist in an educational community;
  • a non-Western Australian organisation facilitating the participation of WA artists or arts and cultural workers at an event;
  • initiatives by a collecting organisation to increase the quality and range of its public programming;
  • community workshops and events;
  • cultural maintenance projects with a clearly defined arts component such as intergenerational skills transfer, recording of cultural stories for archival purposes; and/or or collection of materials for making traditional items.


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 (eg. incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (eg. 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.



Applications are open year round for the under $15,000 category. Applications for the over $15,000 category close 22 March 2018.


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