- Eight applicants to receive grants from the Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building grant program
- A total of $238,374 awarded to support regional Aboriginal arts industry
- Program aims to improve economic and employment growth in regional communities
Eight arts organisations from regional and remote Western Australia will benefit from a total of $238,374 in funding from the Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building program.
The successful applicants are located throughout the State, from Harvey in the South-West to Warmun in the Kimberley.
The funding forms part of the McGowan Government's Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
RACIP is delivering almost $20 million over four years to regional WA to create economic development, tourism opportunities and social cohesion by supporting the arts and culture industry's contribution to the liveability and vibrancy of communities.
The Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building program offers grants of up to $30,000 and aims to provide business development support for planning and skill development in the regional Aboriginal arts and culture sector.
Funding was available to support costs associated with the development and delivery of activities such as training and professional development, consultation, publishing, promotion and research.
For more information visit: https://www.dlgsc.wa.gov.au/funding/arts-funding/aboriginal-business-development-and-capacity-building-grant-program.
Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building grant program recipients:
- Harvey Aboriginal Corporation (South-West) - Kaartdijin Yeyi, Moorditj Mila (Knowledge Today for a Strong Future) - $30,000;
- Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley) - Products Project - $30,000;
- Shire of East Pilbara (Pilbara) - Martumili Future Planning 2022-2026 - $30,000;
- Northampton Old School Community Initiative Inc (Mid-West) - Ku'arlu Mangga Good Nest Gallery Cultural Tourism Strategy and Succession Plan - $30,000;
- Warmun Art Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley) - Warmun Art Centre: Business Enhancement Project - $29,260;
- Mara Arts Aboriginal Corporation (Mid-West) - "What's ya policy on that?": Moving forward with confidence - $30,000;
- Camera Story Ltd (Kimberley) - Connect, Link, Grow - $29,964; and
- Walkatjurra Cultural Centre (Goldfields-Esperance) - Strategic Business and Capacity Building - $29,150
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"There is a wealth of artistic and cultural talent in our First Nations communities throughout Western Australia and these grants will help to provide a range of opportunities in regional and remote areas.
"It's pleasing to see that these grants will support the development and capacity building of arts and culture organisations in the South-West, Mid-West, Goldfields-Esperance, Kimberley and Pilbara regions.
"I congratulate the successful applicants and look forward to seeing the work of the artists that will be better supported as a result of this funding."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:
"The focus of this McGowan Government initiative is not only to develop skills in the arts and culture sector but also to improve economic and employment growth in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.
"Strengthening Aboriginal arts and cultural organisations in turn supports cultural tourism, audience development and economic diversification.
"These grants will support organisations to respond to the needs of the sector in remote and regional areas, and this will have a lasting, positive impact for those communities."
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6900