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 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 (up to $30,000)
- Annual Arts Sponsorship (upwards of $20,000)
- Strategic Arts Sponsorship (applications invited on consultation)
Interested applicants should refer to the Arts Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply. Please note 2020 guidelines are currently being finalised.
Program Opening date Closing date For events occuring Arts Grants Round 1 24 March 2020 21 April 2020, 4pm AWST Between 1 September 2020 – 3 June 2021 Arts Grants Round 2 18 August 2020 15 September 2020, 4pm AWST 1 February 2021 – 30 November 2021 Arts Sponsorship 24 February 2020 31 March 2020, 4pm AWST Between 1 October 2020 – 31 December 2021
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.
- Mobile Trading Support Grant (up to $2,000).
- Small Business Grant (up to $5,000).
- Interested applicants should refer to the Small Business Grant Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Submissions for the 2019/20 financial year are open from 1 July 2019 until the budget is fully allocated.
Business Improvement Grants
The Business Improvement Grant program is not currently accepting applications.
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.
The City of Perth recognises the importance of a diverse event calendar that delivers social and economic benefits. The City supports events that attract increased visitation, encourage broad community participation and create activation of city spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy and encourage them to come back again.
- Event Sponsorship - Community and Commercial streams
- Strategic Event Sponsorship (applications invited on consultation)
Interested applicants should refer to the Event Sponsorship Program Guidelines to determine their eligibility, assessment criteria and information on how to apply.
Program Opening date Closing date For events occurring Event Sponsorship Round 1 18 February 2020 17 March 2020 4pm AWST Between 1 July 2020 and 28 February 2021 Event Sponsorship Round 2 18 August 2020 15 September 2020 4pm AWST Between 1 January 2021 and 31 August 2021
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 Heritage Grant program is not currently accepting 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.