Organisations Investment Program

The Organisations Investment Program (‘the Program’) was introduced in 2015 and is an open and competitive funding program set up to deliver public benefits across three areas:

  • The artistic and arts/cultural sector – supporting excellence, innovation and diversity in artistic and cultural practice.
  • The community – growing, diversifying and deepening Western Australian audiences and their engagement with arts and cultural experiences.
  • The economy – increasing the contribution that the arts and cultural sector makes to the Western Australian economy.

The Program supports professional arts and cultural organisations that:

  • are not-for-profit, legally constituted and non-government;
  • have presented professional arts and cultural programs for two years or more; and
  • are based in Western Australia.

In 2015, arts and cultural organisations were invited to apply to the first round of the Organisations Investment Program through an expression of interest process.  Eligible organisations were invited to submit a full application by July 2015.

The applications were reviewed by an independent panel of people with extensive experience and expertise across the arts, community and business sectors.    

The panel was:

  • Professor Ted Snell (Chair)
  • Ms Natalie Jenkins
  • Professor Terri-Ann White
  • Ms Suzie Hazelhurst
  • Mr Graham Wood
  • Ms Mary-Ellen King
  • Ms Olwyn Williams
  • Ms Renee Coles
  • Mr Glenn Iseger-Pilkington
  • Ms Margaret Moore

Due to the scale and impact of the Organisation Investment Program, an additional moderation stage was also undertaken.  DCA considered the advice of the panel and then moderated final recommendations to ensure appropriate art form and geographic spread, as well as alignment with the State government’s policies and priorities for arts sector development in Western Australia.

The final list of organisations recommended for funding was approved by the Minister for Culture and the Arts.

Thirty five organisations were successful to receive an offer of funding, with funding commencing in 2016.

The next round of the Organisations Investment Program will open in 2018, for funding in 2019.

For more information about the Program, contact the Organisations Investment Team on 6552 7300 or at