Regional funding

Funding for regional Western Australia.

Active Regional Communities Grants

Opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities.

Active Regional Communities (ARC) aims to increase the opportunities for regional people to participate in sporting and active recreational activities in regional Western Australia and is tailored to meet the ever changing demands and challenges of sport and active-recreation groups within the nine diverse regions of Western Australia.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Active recreation organisationss
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Event Hosting (Grants up to $5000 are available with organisations needing to demonstrate a significant contribution (up to 25%) towards the cost of the project or event and or in-kind contribution.)
  • Capacity Building (Grants up to $5000 are available with organisations needing to demonstrate a significant contribution (up to 25%) towards the cost of the project or event and or in-kind contribution.)
  • Participation (Grants up to $5000 are available with organisations needing to demonstrate a significant contribution (up to 25%) towards the cost of the project or event and or in-kind contribution.)

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund

The Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) exemplifies the Western Australian Government's commitment to the development of sustainable infrastructure for sport and recreation across the State.

The purpose of the program is to provide Western Australian Government financial assistance to community groups and local government authorities to develop basic infrastructure for sport and recreation.

The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities.

Through CSRFF, the State Government will invest annually in the development of high-quality physical environments in which people can enjoy sport and recreation.

There is $12 million available for allocation in the 2019/20 funding round.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Local governments
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Small grants ($2500 to $300,000)
  • Annual and forward planning grants (Over $300,000)

Country Sport Enrichment Scheme

The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme helps regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

The lifestyle in regional Western Australia has traditionally been supported by a strong and successful sport system.

Many regional sport participants have reached the highest levels of representation for the State and Australia.

At the same time, regional Western Australians have often been denied the opportunity to attend major sporting competitions in the metropolitan area due to economic reasons.

The aim of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme is to help regional Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Local governments
  • State Sporting Associations
  • Sport or active recreation clubs

Categories and amounts

  • Ongoing

North West Travel Subsidy

North West Travel Subsidy aims to assist young athletes from the North West with travel costs.

It aims to encourage participation in identified sport and recreation activities for athletes living in the regions of the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne. 

North West Travel Subsidy is not an open funding scheme and is only available to athletes by way of application from their Regional or State Sporting Association or another relevant not-for-profit organisation approved by the department.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Individual funding support (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual funding support (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual funding support (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $700 per person)
  • Individual funding support (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Individual funding support (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $800 per person)
  • Individual funding support (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $600 per person)
  • Team funding support (Gascoyne to Perth) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team funding support (Gascoyne inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team funding support (Pilbara to Perth) (Up to $2300 per sport)
  • Team funding support (Pilbara inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)
  • Team funding support (Kimberley to Perth) (Up to $2500 per sport)
  • Teamfunding support (Kimberley inter-regional) (Up to $2000 per sport)

Playing WA

Playing WA supports the costs of touring performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

Funding delivered through Playing WA is intended to: 

  • increase the number and variety of performances touring to regional WA
  • contribute to the development of sustainable performing arts touring circuits in regional WA
  • provide employment opportunities in regional WA
  • provide opportunities for regional and remote communities to attend performing arts shows in their towns and communities
  • enable local communities to make decisions about their performing arts needs.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Individuals
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Aboriginal communities

Categories and amounts

  • Playing WA (Up to $120,000)

Regional and Remote Festivals Fund

The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund supports arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia.

Funding delivered through the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is intended to: 

  • increase arts and cultural activity in regional and remote WA;
  • provide employment opportunities for regional and remote communities;
  • contribute to tourism growth in regional and remote WA;
  • provide opportunities for regional and remote communities to participate in arts and cultural activity in their towns and communities; 
  • enable local communities to make decisions about their arts and cultural needs.

Available for

  • Organisations
  • Regional organisations
  • Individuals
  • Local governments
  • Groups
  • Aboriginal communities

Categories and amounts

  • Regional and Remote Festivals Fund (Up to $80,000)

Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to regional Western Australian athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.

The Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme (ATSS) is an initiative supporting regional athletes who have progressed into the high performance pathway of their chosen sport and are pursuing regional, state and national representation.

Eligible regional athletes can receive funding for out-of-pocket travel and accommodation expenses directly related to competitions and programs in accordance with the performance level categories and eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines.

Subsidies for regional athletes are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

Previously the Department has supported a travel subsidy for both regional and metropolitan athletes. Unfortunately over recent times funding provided to the sport and recreation industry has been impacted by a number of factors. This has required difficult decisions regarding allocation of budgets across a range of programs. In the current financial climate, funding is no longer available to support the continuation of the metropolitan component of this scheme.

Available for

  • Individuals

Categories and amounts

  • Regional category 3 (Up to $500 plus Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes)
  • Regional category 5 (Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes up to $500)
  • Regional category 4 (Regional Athlete Support for eligible athletes up to $500)

Regional Organisation Grants

Regional Organisation Grants (ROG) aims to improve the quality of sporting and active recreation opportunities for people in regional Western Australia whilst assisting the department meet its regional strategic outcomes.

Regional Organisation Grants are not an open funding scheme.

Regional Organisation Grants is a funding scheme only available to peak bodies considered regionally or culturally significant and have the ability to fulfill specific objectives of the department.

It caters for sporting groups through funding from the Sports Lotteries Account.

Available for

  • Regional organisations

Categories and amounts

  • Ongoing
Page reviewed 24 July 2019