Grants and sponsorship
The City of Perth offers a wide range of grants and sponsorships to event organisers, community organisations and businesses in the arts, recreation, community, events and business sectors. Grants and sponsorships help recipients to deliver quality programs, events and services which are of great benefit to Perth and our community, bringing a wide range of social and economic returns to the city.
The grants and sponsorship categories below contain detailed information on each program including funding amounts, application dates and eligibility criteria.
How to apply
The City of Perth uses an online grant application service powered by SmartyGrants. To apply online visit the SmartyGrants website and register an account.
For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the application form, please contact the Sponsorship Officer and quote your application number. If you need more help using the application form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).
Before submitting a proposal, applicants should be familiar with grant or sponsorship guidelines relevant to the category in which they are applying. All applicants are strongly advised to discuss their application with the Sponsorship Officer prior to submission. Please be advised that applications which do not meet the closing dates or eligibility criteria will not be assessed.
Arts grants and sponsorship
The City of Perth recognises that investment in the arts is pivotal to the cultural enrichment and economic diversity of our city.
The City of Perth supports arts and other cultural experiences where arts and culture create activation of city spaces for residents and visitors. The City seeks to support activity which encourages broad community participation and cultural engagement, celebrates inclusion and where people are connected through arts and cultural experiences
- Arts grants (three rounds annually) under $15,000 and $15,001-$40,000
- Arts sponsorship (one round annually) $40,001+.
- Strategic Arts Sponsorship (applications invited on consultation with Sponsorship Officer)
- Interested applicants should refer to the Arts Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply
Program Opening date Closing date For events occuring Arts grants round 1 15 January 2019 19 February 2019
Between 1 July 2019 and 29 February 2020 Arts grants round 2 14 May 2019 18 June 2019
Between 1 November 2019 and 20 June 2020 Arts grants round 3 3 September 2019
8 October 2019
Between 1 March 2020 and 31 October 2020 Arts sponsorship 5 February 2019 19 March 2019
Between 1 October 2019 and 31 December 2020
Business grants and sponsorship
The City of Perth has created a comprehensive program of business grants and sponsorships which provide targeted funding to further enhance the City's reputation for business excellence and leverage Perth's competitive advantages.
Small Business Grant
The City of Perth recognises that small business makes a huge contribution to the vibrancy and energy of the city therefore we look to encourage our small businesses to thrive by seeking out new opportunities and developing initiatives to grow. To that end, the City offers grants to small businesses located within the City of Perth that can address key criteria set out in the Small Business Grant Guidelines.
- Interested applicants should refer to the Small Business Grant Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
- Event Support Grant (up to $2,000).
- Small Business Grant (up to $5,000).
Small Business Grants for 2018/19 submissions are now open. Submissions close midnight 30 June 2019 (AWST).
Business Improvement Grants
Business Improvement Grants aim to stimulate and encourage diverse inner city commerce by supporting new and established local businesses to improve precinct amenity, stimulate business activity and provide direct benefits to Perth’s community.
Interested applicants should refer to the Business Improvement Grant Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Applications are now closed for 2018/19. Applications for 2019/20 open Tuesday, April 16.
Business Event Sponsorship
Business Event Sponsorships assist business event organisers in staging their events within the City of Perth boundaries and ensure delegates can experience all that Perth has to offer. The City welcomes proposals for conferences, conventions, exhibitions and awards ceremonies that that can address key criteria.
Interested applicants should refer to the Business Event Sponsorship Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Program Opening date Closing date For events occuring Round 1 21 May 2019 4pm AWST, 18 June 2019 Between 1 November 2019 and 30 June 2020 Round 2 10 September 2019 4pm AWST, 8 October 2019 Between 1 March 2020 and 31 October 2020 Round 3 21 January 2020 4pm AWST, 18 February 2020 Between 1 July 2020 and 29 February 2021
Key Sector Development Sponsorship
The City is committed to supporting the growth and development of established or emerging key sectors that represent strategic importance to the City of Perth’s economy. Through Key Sector Development Sponsorships, the City of Perth encourages and presents professional development opportunities including examples of best practice, training programs, networking events, guest lectures and thought leadership exchanges, skills and training development programs, various business incubation or acceleration programs and similar initiatives.
Applications that can demonstrate support of the development of one, or more, of the City’s key sectors will receive priority in Key Sector Development Sponsorships. These sectors are:
- Mining, resources and energy
- Property development
- Innovation and technology
- Education and international student services
- Medical, health and life sciences and medical research
- Tourism, retail and hospitality
- Creative and emerging industries
Interested applicants should refer to the Key Sector Development Sponsorship Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Community Enhancement Grants
The City of Perth recognises that community programs build strong and resilient communities and can address key issues at a local level to make a better place in which to live, work and visit.
Community Enhancement Grants offer up to $15,000 to facilitate a diverse range of programs that create new partnerships and collaborations and that deliver practical sustainable outcomes. The Grants support organisations to build strong, connected and inclusive communities.
Funding may be used to assist the development and facilitation of a new community program, expand on an existing community program or for other innovative and creative community projects that demonstrate clear community enhancement elements.
Program Opening Date Closing Date For programs occurring Round 1 7 May 2019 4 June 2019, 4pm AWST 1 September 2019 – 1 September 2020 Round 2 3 September 2019 1 October 2019, 4pm AWST 1 January 2020 – 1 January 2021
Interested applicants should refer to the Community Enhancement Grant Guidelines for all relevant information for applicants including; examples of projects that will be considered for funding, eligibility requirements the City’s assessment process and how to apply.
Event Grants and Sponsorship
The City of Perth recognises the importance of events in contributing to the vitality of the City, the activation of spaces, the sense of community and wellbeing, and increased economic benefit.
Event Grants and Sponsorships support events which celebrate, develop and engage the community, and activate City precincts. These events should have a direct positive impact on the city, the community and businesses operating within the area.
- Event grants (two rounds annually) under $15,000 and $15,001-$40,000.
- Event sponsorship (one round annually) $20,000+.
- Strategic Event Sponsorship (applications invited on consultation with Sponsorship Officer)
- Interested applicants should refer to the Event Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Program Opening date Closing date For events occurring Event grants round 1 29 January 2019 26 February 2019
Between 1 August 2019 and 31 January 2020 Event grants round 2 29 July 2019 26 August 2019
Between 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2020 Event sponsorship 19/20 9 April 2019 7 May 2019
Between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
Major Events and Festival sponsorship
Major Events and Festival sponsorship is available for organisations delivering large scale annual events of national significance. The program is designed to support events which enhance Perth’s local, national and international reputation as a major events destination. A major event or festival is considered to be an event which generates significant economic, social and community benefits for Perth city.
Applications in the Major Events and Festivals program are accepted at the discretion of the City of Perth. Applicants interested in applying for this category should discuss their proposal with the Sponsorship Officer.
Heritage Grants and Rate Concessions
The City of Perth offers heritage grants and rate concession for rateable, heritage listed properties within the city.
The primary objective of Heritage Grants is to support, assist and encourage owners to conserve and continue the active use of heritage places. Heritage Grants are a key component of the City’s heritage incentives program and are primarily focused on the conservation, rather than maintenance, of heritage places.
- Full funding to a maximum of $20,000 (excluding GST) will be considered for the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan or other studies, reports or technical advice prepared to inform the future retention, conservation and use of a heritage place.
- Matched funding of up to $90,000 (excluding GST) will be considered for physical works related to the conservation or adaptive re-use of individual properties.
- A full list of the types of works supported are included in Heritage Grants Program Guidelines. The City of Perth may also be able to tailor individual incentive and grant packages for larger, more complex projects. Talk to our staff at an early stage to see the various ways we can help.
- Interested applicants should refer to the Heritage Grants Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria, requirements and information on how to apply.
Please contact a City Heritage Officer to discuss applications.
Heritage Adaptive Reuse Grants
The primary objective of the Heritage Adaptive Reuse Grants Program is to support, assist and encourage owners to activate vacant upper floors and underutilised spaces of heritage buildings in the central business district.
This activation is critical to supporting existing businesses; providing a tourism drawcard; enhancing amenity; attracting investment and accommodating businesses; creative industries; residents; supporting a vibrant and safe after-hours economy, and facilitating the economic multiplier effect and social growth of the city centre.
The City of Perth recognises the importance of the Adaptive Reuse of the Perth’s heritage stock to address this issue, particularly within and around the central malls. Improvements to Perth’s unique heritage fabric, visual amenity, activation, visitation and asset value assist in maintaining and enhancing the City’s point of difference to the retail and entertainment offers in competing centres.
Initially, the Heritage Adaptive Reuse Grants Program will be confined to a trial area of the central business district detailed in the Heritage Adapative Reuse Sponsorship Guidelines. Interested applicants should refer to the guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria, requirements and information on how to apply.
Please contact a City Heritage Officer to discuss applications.
Heritage Rate Concession
The City of Perth offers a concession on rates for heritage listed properties within the city. To find out if you are eligible and to apply for the Heritage Rate Concession please refer to Policy 9.2 Heritage Rate Concession from the City of Perth Policy Manual.
To apply for the concession please complete the online Heritage Rate Concession form, or alternatively download the Heritage Rate Concession application form and Maintenance Schedule and Agreement and hand deliver or post it to the City of Perth.
If you are an existing applicant and wish to submit supporting documents please complete the supporting document online form.
Precinct Development Grants
The purpose of Precinct Development Grants is to provide funding to incorporated associations established for the purpose of promoting the interests of a local community or a particular section of the local community within a recognised area of significance ( or precinct) within the City of Perth.
The City’s support enables applicants to undertake localised development initiatives, place branding and identity and precinct marketing activities for the benefit of the incorporated association’s defined precinct area.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have undergone a process of community consultation and stakeholder engagement, with evidence of broad support for the proposed project or initiative, across individual traders and businesses, residents and landowners within the relevant precinct area.
Current recognised precincts within the City of Perth include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- East Perth and Claisebrook
- East End
- West Perth
- City Centre (inclusive of the riverfront)
- Nedlands & Crawley.
- Neighbourhood Enhancement Grants (up to $20,000).
- Precinct Development Matched Funding Grants (above $20,000).
Program Opening date Closing date For events occurring Neighbourhood Enhancement Grants 1 February 2019 1 April 2019 Between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020 Precinct Development Matched Funding Grants Ongoing Ongoing N/A
Interested applicants should refer to the Precinct Development Grants Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Venue Support Grants
The City of Perth has the ability to provide assistance to eligible groups via waiving of venue and reserve hire fees through Venue Support Grants. Venue Support Grants are intended for use by the community, in order to increase the use of Council managed venues and reserves for meetings, forums, projects, activities and events.
- Community Places (up to $7,500).
- Perth Town Hall (up to $2,500).
Applicants must have already booked a City of Perth managed venue or reserve and obtained a cost estimate for the booking.
Applications can be submitted at any time, however must be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the use of the reserve or venue. Interested applicants should refer to the Venue Support Grant Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
For further information please contact the Sponsorship Team.