Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Social Enterprise Fund supports community arts

    24/01/2013 12:00 AM
    • Second round fund open until May 3, 2013

    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today awarded Community Arts Network WA (CANWA) $50,000 for a new social enterprise providing art production services and skills development and training.


    Running workshops, cultural festivals, school programs, exhibitions, films and publications to communities, CANWA will develop a sustainable business to provide art production services and community arts training to communities.


    “Through the Social Enterprise Fund, the State Government is fostering the development of social enterprises and adding to the growing list of successful enterprises in Western Australia,” Mrs McSweeney said.


    “CANWA will also provide training to people working in the community, such as local government officers, and the development of cultural plans.”


    Social enterprises are organisations that are led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit.  The fund aims to increase the number, effectiveness and efficiency of social enterprises in Western Australia.


    CANWA is the peak body for community arts and cultural development in Western Australia, which aims to inspire and mobilise communities to explore and express their own unique culture through art production, cultural programs, skills development and funding opportunities.


    Fact File

    • Liberal National Government launched $10m Social Enterprise Fund to help establish and support social enterprises in WA, on April 3, 2012
    • Department for Communities administers the grants program, supported by the Social Ventures Australia consortium
    • Grant part of State Government’s $10m Social Enterprise Fund program, launched in April 2012

    Minister’s office - 6552 6500



    Department of Communities grant manager, Pearl Craig; CANWA's board chairman Brian Curtis; CANWA's managing director, Pilar Kasat; Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney; and acting deputy director general of the Department of Culture and the Arts, David Ansell.  Photo courtesy of Emma Fletcher.