Funding Resources

Country Arts WA

Funding Resources

Country Arts WA has been managing devolved funding on behalf of the State and Federal Governments since 1996 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience for both regional communities and arts practitioners alike.

Below are some resources developed to assist community members and arts or community development practitioners in regional Western Australia.

Modified Monash Model

Funding Acknowledgments

Regional Arts Hubs

Regional Arts Sector Investment (formerly Core Arts Fund) and Regional Arts Legacy Grants

Regional Arts Fund
(Project Fund, Annual Event Fund & Quick Response Grant)

Regional Arts Legacy Grants (only)

 Regional Arts Partnership Program

Share the Risk

Drug Aware YCulture Regional

Next Level YCulture Regional

Photograph and Image Permission

Arts and Culture Grant Providers

CAN use arts and creativity to grow resilient communities; they are both a community development and an arts organisation.

Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC)
DLGSC is the State Government agency responsible for the Government’s support of arts and culture in Western Australia, as well as collaborating with local governments and the community services sector to oversee the delivery of programs that strengthen local communities.

Film and Television Institute (FTI)
The Film & Television Institute is the premier professional development centre for independent screen production & events in Western Australia. It provides an alternative pathway to the film and television industry through education, exhibition, equipment and production resources

Heritage Council of WA
The Heritage Council is the state’s heritage advisory body in relation to places, buildings and sites.

Lotterywest conducts a wide range of grant programs, a number of which are relevant to culture, arts and heritage.

Museums Australia (Western Australia)
Museums Australia promotes museums through advocacy, research and policy formulation and provides a range of professional services to individual and institutional members.

Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI)
OMI aims to assist and encourage the involvement of all Western Australians in projects and events that facilitate positive interaction among the citizens of our diverse community.

Propel Youth Arts WA
Propel Youth Arts is the peak body for youth arts in Western Australia dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to engage in the arts.

ScreenWest is Western Australia’s film funding and development agency dedicated to the growth and promotion of film and television activity in this State.

WritingWA are the peak body for writing and associated activities in WA and will pay the writer’s fee and travel costs within the state.

Development Commissions

There are 9 Regional Development Commissions with 21 offices in Western Australia. Contact your local office to see what support they can offer:


Healthway seeks to promote and support healthy lifestyles to reduce the burden of preventable disease in WA.

Tourism WA
Eventscorp, the events division of Tourism Western Australia, has an impressive legacy of identifying, developing and supporting world-class events that promote and enrich Western Australia.

Creative Partnerships Australia
Creative Partnership Australia aim is to grow the culture of giving, investment, partnership and volunteering, bringing donors, businesses, artists and arts organisations together to foster a more sustainable and vibrant arts sector for the benefit of all Australians.

Federal Funding

Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body and a key source of arts publications. Its mission is to enrich the lives of Australians and their communities by supporting the creation and enjoyment of the arts.

AMP Tomorrow Fund
AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is giving amazing Australians doing great things the chance to share $1 million in grants.

Contemporary Music Touring
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for TRAX funding.

Community Heritage Grants
The Community Heritage Grants program aims to preserve and provide access to nationally significant, Australian cultural heritage material held by community groups across the country. Grants of up to $15,000 are available to Community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.

Ministry for the Arts is part of the Department of Communications and the Arts
Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will enable access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives.

Festivals Australia
Festivals Australia will fund high quality arts or cultural heritage projects that participants and audiences can engage with, through activities like a parade, performance, workshops, installation or exhibition.

Visions of Australia
The Visions of Australia regional exhibitions touring program supports the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material originating or created in Australia, as well as cultural material originating from elsewhere that is held in Australian collections.

Screen Australia
Screen Australia, the Commonwealth Government screen agency, provides support to Australian film, television, documentary and digital media makers.


Aboriginal Benefits Foundation
The foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal communities and individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.

Bendigo Bank
Community Enterprise Foundation is the charitable arm of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Through the Foundation they are able to create a pool of money to help build stronger communities through funding programs for families, youth, health, education, the environment, the arts and lots more.

Bankwest are all about supporting local communities across Australia. Bankwest help community groups, schools, sporting clubs and emergency service organisations through their Easy Grants program as well as supporting charities and groups through monetary donations and their award-winning colleague volunteering program.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal aims to support regional, rural and remote communities to develop and diversify their activities through a rural capacity building program, through an information and training program and through the provision of grants for rural development projects with the aim of improving the social, cultural, environmental and economic wellbeing of rural Australia.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Donation Accounts
FRRR Donation Accounts allow community groups to receive tax deductible donations for projects that benefit rural, regional and remote communities – making fundraising easier.

Gordon Darling Foundation
The Foundation was founded in 1991 to fund Visual Arts activities Australia Wide. The objective of the Foundation is to support and promote accessibility and enjoyment of all areas of The Visual Arts. Gordon Darling Foundation assists Australian Public Institutions to embark on a wide range of visual arts projects Australia wide, to help promote Australian arts in the international arena.

The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. Grants are made through nine program areas which reflect Sir Ian’s interest in the arts, and his visionary approach to issues including the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing, as well as the importance of investing in Australia’s intellectual capital.

Perpetual commitment to philanthropy with real impact influences how we work with not-for-profits and charities. The philanthropists we work with want to invest in organisations that are well governed, outcomes focused and understand the communities they serve.

The Seed
The Seed is an arts grant fund program that intends to offer support to develop genuine artistic expression. The grant categories are designed to explore and encourage the social, cultural and artistic diversity that exists in Australian society. The Seed intends to create an open-minded “artist-friendly” grant program that focuses on positive outcomes.

Crowd Funding

Australian Cultural Fund
ACF allows Australian artists to upload their project and take donations online, with all donations over $2 being tax deductible. Unlike other “all or nothing” platforms, if the funding goal is not met, the artist is still able to keep the donations received.

Go Fund Me
Go Fund Me is an online fundraising website that is perfect for individuals, groups and organisations.

Give Now
Give Now is a commission-free online donations service run by the Our Community Foundation and supported by Westpac.

Kick Starter
Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.

Pozible provides the platform to present ideas to a connected audience worldwide. People can support by pledging money. In return, offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment.

Grant Directory

Can’t find what you are looking for or need further assistance or advice? Please email us at or call regional freecall 1800 811 883 or 08 9200 6200.

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