Each year around $7 million in grants funding is made available by the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) and Royalties for Regions.
Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region Dave Grills MLC said funding and support existed for a large range of artistic opportunities across Western Australia and encouraged regional residents, businesses and community groups to make themselves aware of the grants programs.
“Royalties for Regions provides $4 million in arts grants each year through a range of schemes including the Regional Venues Investment Fund, the Future Focus for WA Aboriginal Art Centres, and the Regional and Remote Touring Fund,” he said.
“A further $3 million is made available by the DCA for Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Aboriginal Arts and Scholarship and Fellowship programs.”
Mr Grills said the grants programs supported a huge range of artistic opportunities, including new exhibitions, regional touring, sponsorship opportunities, and major infrastructure upgrades.
“Grants of up to $15,000 are available year round, while you can find key deadlines for larger grants on the DCA website,” he said.
The Mining and Pastoral Region MP said support for the arts was one of the many ways The Nationals WA and Royalties for Regions are building vibrant and sustainable regional communities.
“Royalties for Regions has made a $24 million commitment to regional culture and the arts from 2015 to 2018,” Mr Grills said.
“This funding is giving regional residents more opportunities to access the arts, develop and improve their skills, and bring new and exciting exhibitions and performances to the regions.”
For information on each funding program, including who can apply, assessment criteria and eligible activities visit http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/funding/grants-programs.
Since 2008, Royalties for Regions has delivered more than $6 billion in funding back to regional WA, supporting over 3,600 individual projects.