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Grants and sponsorship

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the Perth community and at its meeting held on 28 July 2020, the Council approved a range of initiatives to help local businesses and residential communities rebound successfully. The City’s COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program has been developed to ensure Perth is positioned to rebound quickly and to support the future wellbeing and prosperity of our city. 

The objectives of the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program are to:

  • support local businesses to recover, rebound and prosper;
  • drive local visitation and tourism into the city in ways that are safe;
  • enhance vibrancy and activation in the city, ensuring there is ‘always something on in the city’; and
  • support community wellbeing, safety and security and increase community connection and social cohesion.

The grants and sponsorship categories below contain detailed information on each program including funding amounts, application dates and eligibility criteria. 

Smarty Grants

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 the guidelines relevant to the program 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 date or eligibility criteria, will not be assessed.

For further information please contact the Sponsorship Team.

 
 
  • 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.

    Categories

    • 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.

    Key dates

    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.

  • Business Support and Economic Development
    The City is committed to helping the local business community and local economy recover and rebound from the effects of COVID-19. 
     

    CATEGORIES

    • Small Business Quick Response Grants (up to $5,000).
    • Business Improvement Grants (up to $10,000- non-matched funding).
    • Business Improvement Grants (up to $20,000- matched funding).
    • Economic Development Sponsorship (upwards of $4,000).

    Interested applicants should refer to the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. 

    KEY DATES

    Program Opening date Closing date
     Small Business Quick Response Grants  29 July 2020  30 June 2021, 4pm AWST (or, when the bidget is expended in full)
     Business Improvement Grants  29 July 2020  31 August 2020, 4pm AWST
     Economic Development Sponsorship  29 July 2020  30 June 2021, 4pm AWST

  • Arts and Culture
    The arts and cultural sector has been significantly affected by COVID-19. The City of Perth recognises that investment in the arts is pivotal to ensuring the cultural enrichment and economic diversity of our City and the importance of nurturing thriving and sustainable cultural, artistic and heritage industries, activities and events that encourage tourism and support the vibrancy of our community.
     

    CATEGORIES

    • Arts and Culture Quick Response Grants (up to $5,000)

    Interested applicants should refer to the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. 

    KEY DATES

    Program Opening date Closing date
     Arts and Cultural Quick Response Grants  29 July 2020  30 June 2021, 4pm AWST

  • Events and Activation

    The City acknowledges the significant impact that COVID-19 has had on the events industry and aims to support the recovery and rebound of the sector to be stronger and more resilient than before. Events and activation will be critical in welcoming people back to the city as restrictions on large gatherings are relaxed. The City of Perth offers two streams of Event Sponsorship; Community Stream and Commercial Stream. Please contact a Sponsorship Officer before commencing your application to determine the appropriate stream for your event.

    CATEGORIES

    • Events and Activation Quick Response Grants (up to $5,000)
    • Event Sponsorship- Community Stream (Refer to Guidelines)
    • Event Sponsorship- Commercial Stream (Refer to Guidelines)

    Interested applicants should refer to the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. 

    KEY DATES

    Program Opening date Closing date
     Events and Activation Quick Response Grants  29 July 2020  30 June 2021, 4pm AWST
     Event Sponsorship- Round 2  18 August 2020  15 September 2020, 4pm AWST

  • Community Wellbeing

    The Community Wellbeing Grants are designed to assist the City to rebound and recover post COVID-19 and make our city a better place in which to live, work and visit.

    The City of Perth recognises that community-led projects, programs and services build strong and resilient communities and can address key issues at a local level.

    CATEGORIES

    • Community Wellbeing Grants (up to $20,000).
    • Strategic Community Wellbeing Grants (up to $80,000).

    Interested applicants should refer to the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. 

    KEY DATES

    Program Opening date Closing date
     Community Wellbeing Grants- Round 1  29 July 2020  31 August 2020, 4pm AWST 
     Community Wellbeing Grants- Round 2  11 January 2021  16 February 2021, 4pm AWST 
     Strategic Community Wellbeing Grants  Refer to Guidelines  Refer to Guidelines

  • Precinct Improvement

    As part of the City’s strategy for COVID-19 rebound, the City of Perth will look to collaborate with organisations on projects which provide significant community benefit.

    Projects must demonstrate that they improve the amenity of the precinct through targeted improvements to public land privately owned but publicly accessible land or publicly visible external areas. 

    CATEGORIES

    • Precinct Improvement Matched Funding Grants (upwards of $20,000)

    Interested applicants should refer to the COVID-19 Grants and Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. 

    KEY DATES

    Program Opening date Closing date
     Precinct Improvement Matched Funding Grants  29 July 2020  30 June 2021, 4pm AWST