Next Level Regional Grant
The Next Level Regional Grant supports young emerging regional artists and arts workers ages 18-26 to build skills so they can develop and sustain an arts career in regional Western Australia.
Image: Frank and Sita Bennett, both recipients of the Next Level Regional Grant in 2020. Photo by Frank Bennett.
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, residencies, professional development, and training. Applicants are also encouraged to find a mentor for the duration of the grant period.
All art forms are eligible including but not limited to visual arts, theatre, dance, writing, music, film, new media and cultural projects.
How to Apply
- Download and read the Next Level Regional Guidelines [PDF].
- Contact the Regional Arts WA Project Officer to discuss your proposed application and check your eligibility.
- Submit your draft application for feedback (optional).
- Submit your application via SmartyGrants.
As an entry level grants program for young and emerging arts practitioners, Regional Arts WA will provide support throughout the application process. Contact Project Officer Hannah Chambers to discuss the process and your application.
Who can apply?
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.
- Is a resident in regional WA as determined by Regional Development Commission boundaries for a minimum of 12 months prior to application. Not sure? View a map.
- Has an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in Regional WA*.
*If you do not have a valid ABN, you may nominate a not-for-profit organisation or Local Government Authority as an auspice to accept legal and financial responsibility for the grant. Auspice organisations are required to be based and registered in regional WA.
Regional Arts WA is committed to diversity and inclusion. We always encourage applications from those who are First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.
- 9am, Wednesday 20 April 2022 – Applications open
- 5pm, Thursday 26 May 2022 – Drafts due (optional)
- 5pm, Wednesday 8 June 2022 – Applications close
Your activities must take place between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.
“The Regional Arts WA grants team are so supportive, and can help you in getting your project made. It’s also amazing to be surrounded by other creatives to be inspired by. Especially artists that are also regional, it showcases that we can get great art made in country towns!”
– Brooke Collard, Next Level Regional Alumni (2021)
Useful links and downloads
- Next Level Regional Grant Guidelines [Designed PDF]
- Next Level Regional Grant Guidelines [Text Only PDF]
- Sample Tax Invoice
- Artist Biography Template
- SmartyGrants portal
- Logos and acknowledgements (for successful applicants)
Hear from our Next Level alumni
In 2021, members of the Regional Arts WA team chatted 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 facilitated in on our Regional Online Chats Archive.
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; YCulture Fellowships are also supported by Healthway as part of the YCulture program to promote the Drug Aware message.