Creative Development Grants Program

Up to $40,000 is available from the Creative Development Grants Program to support the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia.

Creative Development Grants Program

Creative Development Grants Program

The DCA’s Creative Development Grants Program provides support for a range of projects and activities that advance the creative, professional and skills develop of artists, creative industry professionals, arts workers, cultural workers groups and businesses and organisations.



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

  • support the development of high quality creative and cultural works/products;
  • support professional and skills development of artists, arts workers, cultural workers, and creative industry professionals at different points in the life cycle of their careers;
  • promotes WA’s cultural and creative vibrancy;
  • develop partnerships, markets and audiences for Western Australian work.

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



There are two funding categories available in 2016:

  • Projects U-15k: This category provides grants of up to $15,000 for small to medium-size projects and activities. A cap of $5,000 applies to travel-only grants; that is, those applications requesting support for transport, accommodation and/or freight items only.
  • Projects 15k-plus: This category supports projects of wider scale and scope where the grant request is in excess of $15,000. Funding for travel will only be provided where it forms a component of the overall project.


Eligible Activities

Eligible activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • creation of a new work;
  • production or public presentation of new works or events;
  • collaborations between communities of practice to produce new work;
  • commissioning of new works;
  • revival and/or reinterpretation of existing material;
  • professional or skills development;
  • participation in skills or professional development workshops where entry is competitive and/or by invitation;
  • a residency or mentoring opportunity that is significant to the development of an arts practice;
  • the presentation of visual arts or craft retrospectives in which the work is viewed in a contemporary context;
  • a non-Western Australian organisation facilitating the participation of WA artists or arts and cultural workers at an event.


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 for 15k-plus close 12 April 2018.


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