Drug Aware YCulture Regional

Regional Arts WA

Drug Aware YCulture Regional

Are you aged 12-26 and living in regional WA? Do you want to develop your creative skills and gain experience by running an arts project in your community? Grants for arts projects are now available through the Drug Aware YCulture Regional!

Grant details

We regret to advise Drug Aware YCulture Regional Grants will not be taking place in 2023. Please refer to Other Funding Sources for a comprehensive list of alternative funding sources.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional offers grants for arts projects run by young people, for young people. This grant will provide opportunity and support for you to deliver an arts project under the auspice of a local organisation. You can find out more about auspices below. 

Through Drug Aware YCulture Regional you can apply for grants of: 

  • Up to $4,000 if you live in regional WA
  • Up to $6,000 if you live in remote WA, or above the 26th parallel.

Arts projects should be inclusive and open for all young people aged 12-26 to participate in, and must include an opportunity to showcase any work created or skills developed to the wider community.

Projects can include arts workshops, masterclasses, community events, or productions in any artform. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Dance 
  • Film 
  • Music 
  • Photography
  • Radio and podcasting 
  • Street art
  • Textiles
  • Theatre
  • Visual art 

For more examples, and to see whether you are eligible to apply, read the Drug Aware YCulture Regional Guidelines [PDF].

How to apply

Project Coordinators must be between 12-26 years old to apply. As the applicant you will write the application, work with artists, help manage finances, and write a project acquittal (report) for your project.

As an entry level grants program for young and emerging artists, Regional Arts WA will give support every step of the way, from growing the arts project idea, writing the grant application, to the delivery of the event.

When you have an idea for your arts project, the next steps are: 

  1. Read the Drug Aware YCulture Guidelines.
  2. Contact Regional Arts WA Project Officer Carla Steele and tell her you want to apply for a grant for your arts project. Give her all the details about what your project idea is.
  3. Start your application online through SmartyGrants – Carla will help guide you through this process.
  4. Email the draft application to Carla for review before you submit your final application.
  5. Submit your final application through SmartyGrants at least three weeks before your arts project starts.
  6. Regional Arts WA will let you know if your application is successful within 10 days of your final submission.

Key dates

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Links and downloads

Tote Bag Competition

Congratulations Samantha (18) of Bunbury who is the winner of our 2022 YCulture Tote Bag competition.

See the winning entry over on our Tote Bag Competition page.

Image credit (top of page): Po and Xander creating music with the DJ Equipment. Photo by Tamara Ennor.


Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Eligibility Individuals aged 12 - 26
Up to $4,000
Up to $6,000 if you live in remote WA or above the 26th parallel
Dates Closed
Project Officer
Carla Steele
08 9200 6217
Regional Freecall:
1800 811 883

Click here [PDF]


Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Auspice?

Drug Aware YCulture Regional will provide you with the opportunity to design, plan, and run your arts project from start to finish under the auspice of a local organisation. 

This auspice organisation will accept grant money on your behalf and hold that money in their bank account. They will take responsibility in making sure money is spent appropriately during your project and that funds are acquitted once your project is complete. 

Examples of organisations you can approach include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts Organisations
  • Community Groups
  • Community Resource Centres
  • Local Government
  • Local Shires
  • P&C Committees
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Sports Clubs

What is the assessment process?

Applications to this funding program are assessed by a sub-committee of people aged under 26 who are on the Regional Arts WA Investment Panel. The Investment Panel is made up of artists and artsworkers from across WA who have experience in running arts projects of their own.

For more information on how our grants are assessed, head to our Funding Assessment FAQs.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional is funded by Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.

Why should you apply?

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