Drug Aware YCulture Metro

Are you aged 12 - 26 and looking for work experience in your creative field? You can make new contacts, work with people in the industry and learn more about arts management by challenging yourself to build your own project from the ground up. Apply for a Drug Aware YCulture Metro Grant, secure up to $3000 and make your project idea a reality.

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Submit an expression of interest for YCulture in 2019

Drug Aware YCulture Metro is a project funding and skills development initiative providing arts grants of up to $3000 for people aged between 12 and 26. This funding is for early career artists who would like to plan and coordinate their own projects or initiatives across any artistic medium.

All Drug Aware YCulture Metro projects must show evidence of skill development for the young participants involved and must include formal mentorship from a skilled representative in the chosen field. All project ideas must come from young people and the written application must be filled out by the young project organisers.

Funded activities could include but are not limited to:

Gigs/live music events

Arts workshops

Professional development forums


Development and publishing of magazines, zines, graphic novels or comics.

As an entry level grants program for young and emerging artists, Propel Youth Arts WA supports applicants through the application process, providing advice and feedback throughout the process. 

The program is supported by Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.

How to apply

Applying for funding through the Drug Aware YCulture Metro program is a three-step process. Before you begin your project it's extremely important that you read through the below information sheet, fill in the expression of interest form, and then our Project Development Officer Cecile will help guide you through the application form. If you have any questions in advance feel free to email Cecile Vuaillat at cecile@propel.org.au or phone the Propel office on 08 9328 5855.




2019 application intake rounds

There will be five application intake rounds for 2019, this means that there are five opportunities for you to submit an application for assessment, across the year. They are as follows:

Monday 17 December 2018, 5pm

Monday 11 February 2019, 5pm

Monday 29 April 2019, 5pm

Monday 1 July 2019, 5pm

Monday 9 September 2019, 5pm

We highly encourage you to submit an application as early as possible, therefore if your application was not successful in that round you have enough time to resubmit for the next intake date.

Key funding criteria

  • There must be two key project organisers aged 12 -26 years.

  • There must be as least 6 young people aged 12 -26 years directly involved in the project.

  • Thee project must engage at least 100 indirect participants, that are predominantly youth, as participants or audience members.

  • The project applicants need to come up with the project idea. We want to be sure that this is your idea and it’s something you want to do. Please do not allow anyone to fill in the application on your behalf.

  • Your project must involve an experienced mentor to ensure you maximise your skill development.

  • You must arrange to have an incorporated organisation act as an auspice on your project.

  • All events and activities must be smoke, drug and alcohol free. This means that you are unable to use licensed venues as project venues.

  • Drug Aware YCulture Metro will not fund projects that have already occurred.

  • Your project must be occurring in the Perth metro area. There is a separate funding pool for projects happening regionally. This funding is called Drug Aware YCulture Regional and is run by Country Arts WA.

Previously funded YCulture Metro projects 

Click on the years below to view some of the awesome projects that successfully received Drug Aware YCulture Metro funding!