Next Level Regional Grant

Next Level Regional Grant

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 Next Level Regional Grant is intended to support young emerging artists and arts workers, to undertake a self-directed program that builds their capacity to develop and sustain a career in regional Western Australia.

Next Level Regional Grants of up to $7,500 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.


You may apply if you are an independent artist, arts worker, cultural worker or producer who is:

  • Aged between 18 and 26 years at the time of the application closing date.
  • Resident in Regional WA as determined by Regional Development Commission boundaries for a minimum of 12 months prior to application.
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have an Australian Business Number (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.

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Successful Applicants 2021

Congratulations to our 2021 Next Level recipients:

  • Brooke Collard | Kimberley | Film/Screen Arts
  • Codee-Lee Down | South West | Music and Digital Media
  • Megan Lemon | Goldfields-Esperance | Community Arts and Cultural Development
  • Niamh Hurley | Peel | Community Arts and Cultural Development and Music
  • Rose Barton | Pilbara | Community Arts and Cultural Development, Multi-Art Form and Visual Arts

Read more about their work here.

Regional Online Chat

The Regional Arts WA team chat to two young artists about their experiences as Next Level Regional Grant recipients, what it’s like working in regional WA, and how they have taken their arts practice to the Next Level.

  • Rita Bush, a 2017 alumni, discusses her experience working on her dance theatre project and the opportunities that have come since.
  • Sita Bennett, a 2020 participant, talks about the application process and work on her current projects in writing and film.

You can see other chats we have participated in on our Regional Online Chats Archive.

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.


This project is part of the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program, supported by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program.

The purpose of the program is to drive the creation of jobs, drive economic development and tourism and improve 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
Eligibility Regionally based emerging artists and arts workers age 18 - 26
Funding Up to $7,500
Dates Closed
Contact Hannah Chambers
Regional Freecall: 1800 811 883
Phone: 08 9200 6210


Next Level Regional Grants are presented by Drug Aware.

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