DCA provides funding to non-government arts organisations as a base from which they can then generate additional income through sponsorship, box office earnings and funding from other bodies to support their annual program of activities. This funding enables organisations to deliver significant social and economic benefits to the wider Western Australian community by developing, delivering and promoting innovative artistic and cultural programs of excellence.
The Lotteries Commission Act 1990 requires that five per cent of net subscriptions each year are paid to the Arts Lotteries Account, which is then distributed by DCA through recurrent funding agreements that assist organisations with the operational and artistic costs of delivering their annual programs of activity. DCA distributed a total of $19.5 million in recurrent funding to organisations in 2015-16, the majority of which is comprised of the Lotterywest allocation.
In 2015, DCA introduced the Organisations Investment Program, a new model for providing recurrent funding for arts and cultural organisations in Western Australia. Following a highly competitive process, 35 organisations were offered funding in the inaugural round of the Organisations Investment Program.
DCA also provides recurrent funding to the Major Performing Arts organisations, being Black Swan State Theatre Company, WA Ballet, WA Opera and West Australian Symphony Orchestra.