Next Level Regional Grant [closed]

Next Level Regional Grant [closed]

Performers from Mandurah’s youth theatre company, Riptide, learn new performance techniques at a series of Lecoq Masterclasses. Photo by James Breen.

The Next Level Regional Grants support young and emerging regional artists and arts workers aged between 18 and 26.

The program is intended to support young emerging artists and arts workers who want to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to develop and sustain a creative career in regional Western Australia.

This program is currently closed and will re-open in early 2021.

Next Level Regional Grants of up to $5,000 support creative activity and professional development for a period of one year. This may include but is not limited to the creation of new work, collaborations, professional development and training, residencies. You are encouraged to consider including a mentoring component in your project.

All art forms are eligible including but not limited to visual arts, theatre, dance, writing, music, film, new media and cultural projects.

Key dates

  • Closed. Re-opening early 2021.


An applicant should:

  • Be an individual artist or arts worker between 18 and 26
  • Reside in Regional WA as determined by Regional Development Commission boundaries
  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or nominate an accountable auspice body that has an ABN registered in Regional WA.

An applicant may also nominate a not-for-profit organisation or Local Government Authority as an auspice to accept legal and financial responsibility for the applicant’s grant.

Auspice organisations are required to be based and registered in regional WA.

How to apply

When you have your project idea the next step is:

  1. Read the Next Level Regional Grant Guidelines (under Links and Downloads below) to check eligibility and grant criteria.
  2. Make contact with the Regional Arts WA Project Officer, Fleur Hardy via email (fhardy@regionalartswa.org.au) , on 1800 811 883 (regional freecall) or 08 9200 6207 to let us know you are planning to apply and the project activities you are planning.
  3. Start your application online through Smartygrants
  4. Download and email your drafted application to the Regional Arts WA Project Officer for review before you submit your final application.

As an entry level grants program for young and emerging artists, Regional Arts WA will support applicants through the application process, providing advice and feedback throughout the process.

Links and downloads

Successful Applicants 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Next Level Regional Grant recipients:

  • Rose Bennett – Film/Screen Arts and Literature
  • Frank Bennett – Film/Screen Arts, Literature, Music, Digital Media, and Photography
  • Bronte Berenger – Visual Arts
  • Bridget Baldock – Community Arts and Cultural Development, Craft and Textiles, Sculpture, and Visual Arts
  • Dane Yates – Multi-Art Form, and Music

About the Assessment Panel

This program is peer-assessed by an external panel. The Panel is made up of members from across the state and provides diverse coverage of Western Australian arts. You can see the full list of assessors here.


Next Level Regional Grants are provided through the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program with support of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with Royalties for Regions funding from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

The purpose of the program is creating jobs, economic development, tourism and improving social cohesion by supporting the creative and cultural industries in regional Western Australia. Through strategic investments, the program aims to build capacity in the regions and contribute to liveability and vibrancy of regional communities.

Next Level Regional Grants is presented by Drug Aware.

Next Level Regional Grants
Eligibility Regionally based emerging artists and artworkers age 18 - 26
Funding Up to $5,000
Dates Closed, will re-open early 2021
Contact Fleur Hardy
1800 811 883
08 9200 6207

Guidelines Available early 2021
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