Grant programs to increase regional arts activity

  • Grant programs to increase access and participation in arts and culture in regional WA
  • Part of Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program
  • Two new grant programs that opened this week will increase the number and variety of arts and culture activities presented in regional Western Australia, by supporting the costs of their delivery.

    The Playing WA grant program provides up to $120,000 for performing arts shows to tour to regional and remote locations.

    The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund offers up to $80,000 to support the presentation of arts and cultural activities at regional and remote festivals.

    Funding may support travel, accommodation and salary expenses, or equipment hire and the delivery of community engagement activities.

    Applications are open now until October 31, 2019 for local artists, arts groups and organisations, regional local government authorities, Aboriginal communities, and Regional Development Commissions.

    The grant programs are part of the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program, which will invest almost $20 million over the next four years for the benefit of regional Western Australia.

    The Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program is delivered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Find out more at

    As stated by Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:

    “These grant programs will increase the capacity for the regions to engage with arts and culture, and provide employment and tourism opportunities.

    “The Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program is a significant investment that will support the social cohesion and liveability of our vibrant regional communities.”

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “This investment supports local artists and organisations to develop and tell their unique stories, helping foster connections in their local communities and build region-wide arts and culture networks.

    “It helps make our regions stronger and more attractive places to live, and helps to build economic diversity.”

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