Cultural Grants

Grant overview

Cultural Grants offer financial support for organisations and individuals engaging in arts, heritage, and culture. This initiative aims to connect our past, present, and future, fostering deep connections within the community.

Eligibility criteria

Cultural grants are available to:

  • Organisations:
    • That are based within the City of Cockburn and primarily serve the residents of Cockburn
    • That will be working with a majority of Cockburn residents and can demonstrate a high level of community support.
  • Individuals:
    • Who are residents in the City of Cockburn; and 
    • Have been invited by the community and demonstrate community support for ‘Artist in the Community’ or ‘Telling Community Stories’ programs; or
    • Have been selected as an ‘Artist in the Community’ outside of Cockburn may be considered on presentation of supporting documentation.

Individuals from outside the community who have been invited in by the Cockburn community to participate in ‘Artist in the Community’ or ‘Telling Community Stories’ programs may be considered on presentation of supporting documentation demonstrating a high level of community support.

Grant amount and funding details

The maximum funding for Cultural Grants is $5,000 per applicant. 

Cultural Grants can be used for a range of purposes including but not restricted to events, pilot programs, cultural and heritage programs and activities, workshops and residencies (local, regional and further afield).

​Please note grant funds cannot be used:
  • To cover the entire cost of a project, ongoing, or core organisational costs
  • For personal items like costumes, food, and catering costs.

The City of Cockburn assesses applications based on various factors to determine their potential impact and alignment with the city’s cultural interests:

  • Community benefit: The extent to which the project benefits the local community and contributes to the broader objectives of the City of Cockburn.
  • Strategic alignment: How well the project aligns with Cockburn’s cultural interests.
  • Financial management capabilities: The ability to manage financial affairs effectively, ensuring responsible and sustainable fund usage.
  • Sustainability of funding: Preference for projects that do not require ongoing funding from the Council.
  • Addressing community needs: The project's relevance in developing the local community or individual artists' skill base.

Cultural Grants should embody one of Cockburn’s diverse art and cultural interests through the following programs:

  • Artist in the Community Program: Assists groups or schools without art specialists to bring in artists from any discipline, nurturing skills within the group and community. Also supports local artists invited as artists in residence regionally, interstate, or internationally.
  • Celebrating Community Program: Celebrates local places and communities through festivals and events developed by not-for-profit groups, adhering to Community Events guidelines.
  • Creative Community Program: Promotes community participation in cultural, creative, and artistic activities, including pilot programs, workshops, and collaborative projects.
  • Telling Community Stories Program: Enhances understanding of Cockburn’s heritage and social history, supporting the development of community stories on various platforms.

Additionally, special consideration will be given to:

  • Contributions from applicants: Applications that demonstrate a financial or in-kind contribution.
  • Diverse funding sources: Projects that have successfully sourced additional funding from other avenues will be seen as advantageous, reflecting broader support and financial viability.
  • Prioritisation: Applicants who have not previously received funding may be given precedence, ensuring equitable distribution of resources.

When and how to apply

Applications are invited twice per year, closing at the end of March and September.

To apply:

  1. Review eligibility: Review the eligibility criteria, limitations and conditions.
  2. Consultation: Before applying, discuss your proposal with the City's Art and Culture Coordinator to ensure alignment with grant criteria.
  3. Submission: Submit your application using the link below.
Apply for Cultural Grant

Please note:
  • Applications will be assessed and applicants notified of the outcome within two months.
  • Projects or events should not start within two months of the application closing date.

Limitations and conditions

Before applying please ensure you are aware of the following:

  • Funding will not be provided to private or non-registered organisations.
  • Funding is granted as a single instance of support, without a promise of future funding.
  • Funding will not be provided for projects or events that:
    • Replicate existing local services or activities
    • Have already taken place or will occur within two months after the application deadline
    • May divide communities by denigrating, excluding, or offending community groups
    • May present a hazard to the community or environment 
    • Relates to political campaigns or lobbying.
  • Applicants who have previously received funding must have fully acquitted those funds before submitting a new application.
  • Organisations must make a financial or in-kind contribution to their project or have sought funding from other sources. 
  • Applications from schools, P&Cs, P&Fs, and other educational bodies must demonstrate a community need for the project. Projects should be extra-curricular, accessible outside school hours, and include a financial or in-kind contribution of at least 50%.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financially stable and prove they can effectively manage the funding and project proposal.
  • Applicants must demonstrate the ability to manage their affairs effectively, ensuring the successful execution of the project.
  • Applicants can receive funding for up to two different projects per financial year from separate funding programs, as long as they are not for the same project.

More information and contact

For further information, please contact the Art and Culture Coordinator at 08 9411 3444 or email [email protected]



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