WA Event cancellation Fund

A total of $14 million is available through this program delivered in partnership between Lotterywest, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, and VenuesWest.

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Grants will provide financial relief for not-for-profit arts, sports and community organisations that experience hardship as a result of events cancelled between 16 March and 15 September 2020 due to COVID-19 to compensate for costs associated with the event.

Your application will need to demonstrate that the cancellation of an event has resulted in financial hardship that may affect your organisation’s ability to support the WA community with future activities. Please also detail how the community will benefit from future activities in your application.

Three funding streams are available under this program to support the three sectors. Please follow these links for detailed eligibility criteria and assessment information.

  • Stream A – Up to $5 million for relief to sport and recreation organisations.
  • Stream B – Up to $5 million for relief to culture and arts organisations.
  • Stream C – Up to $4 million for relief to other community organisations.

Applications must meet our eligibility criteria and the program objectives. We anticipate high demand which means that some organisations may not be successful or may not receive the full amount requested.

The following costs will be considered where support is not being provided by the Federal or State Government or other sources:

  • Cancellation costs;
  • Incurred and/or committed costs for cancelled events that is necessary to deliver services or programs; and
  • For arts, culture and community organisations only: Loss of actual revenue and revenue that had reasonably been anticipated that is necessary to deliver services or programs.

Application Process

Applications are open from Friday 24 April - midnight Wednesday 13 May.

A request for an application form can be made by calling Lotterywest between the hours of 9-5pm (including weekends up until the grant closing date) on 133 777, or email grants@lotterywest.wa.gov.au with details of your request.

Stream A - Am I an eligible sport or recreation organisation?  

This grant funding stream is for sport and recreation organisations that are experiencing immediate financial hardship as a result of event cancellation between 16 March 2020 and 15 September 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

The sporting events considered will be one-off events cancelled by sport and recreation clubs/associations as well as high level, national and state championships, one-off events and national league based home and away games (conducted by State Sporting Associations).

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  1. Sport and recreation club/association responsible for conducting the one-off event
  2. Recognised State Sporting Association in Western Australia that receives Industry Investment Program funding from DLGSC
  3. Recognised Industry Representative Organisation/Peak Body in Western Australia that receives Industry Investment Program funding from DLGSC

Individuals, for-profit organisations and local government authorities are not eligible.

Please note we're only accepting applications from incorporated associations where the organisation has updated its rules in alignment with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Your application will need to demonstrate that the cancellation of the event has resulted in financial hardship that may affect your organisation’s ability to support the WA community with future activities.

For a full outline of criteria and guidelines for event cancellation relief for sports and recreation organisations, including definitions of terms used above, click here.

Stream B - Am I an eligible arts and culture organisation?

This grant funding stream is for not-for-profit culture and arts organisations that are experiencing immediate financial hardship as a result of an event or program that has been cancelled between 16 March 2020 and 15 September 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The following organisations are eligible to apply:

  1. Not-for-profit organisations operating in the arts and culture sector
  2. DLGSC multi-year funded arts organisations in the Arts Organisations Investment Program and Major Performing Arts Companies (National Partnership Organisations).

Individuals, for-profit organisations and local government authorities are not eligible.

Please note we're only accepting applications from incorporated associations where the organisation has updated its rules in alignment with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Your application will need to demonstrate that the cancellation of the event or activity has resulted in financial hardship that may affect your organisation’s ability to support the WA community with future charitable activities.

For a full outline of criteria and guidelines for event cancellation relief for arts and culture organisations click here.

Stream C - Am I an eligible community organisation?

This grant funding stream is for not-for-profit community organisations that are experiencing immediate financial hardship as a result of an event that was cancelled between 16 March 2020 and 15 September 2020 due to the COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings.

The objective of this funding is to assist community organisations to continue to provide services for the benefit of the Western Australian community during the pandemic crisis and beyond.

Western Australian not-for-profit community organisations who are supported through Stream A or Stream B are not eligible to apply for this fund.

All applicants must carry out charitable activities which are clearly identified in the purpose/objects of their constituent documents. Any non-charitable purposes must be incidental.

Please note we're only accepting applications from incorporated associations where the organisation has updated its rules in alignment with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Individuals, for-profit organisations and local government authorities are not eligible for this funding.

Your application will need to demonstrate that the cancellation of the event has resulted in financial hardship that may affect your organisation’s ability to support the WA community with future charitable activities.

For a full outline of criteria and guidelines for community organisations click here.

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