CASP 2017 funding

Filed : Arts and funding opportunities, Country Arts Support Program (CASP) .

The Country Arts Support Program is small grants to groups in regional NSW to run your own local arts projects. Applications for 2017 close 3pm on July 28.

Note that the closing date is much earlier than previous years so arts and community groups will need to think now about your projects for next year.

The CASP funded ‘West Women Weaving’ workshop with artist Harriet Goodall, organised by Friends of Oberon Library, held in May 2016. Photo: Arts OutWest.

The CASP funded ‘West Women Weaving’ workshop with artist Harriet Goodall, organised by Friends of Oberon Library, held in May 2016. Photo: Arts OutWest.

The State Government’s annual Country Arts Support Program (CASP) provides small grants to arts and community organisations in regional NSW to run their own local arts projects. CASP funds are a valuable way to kick start exciting local, on-the-ground arts projects. This long-running funding program is about giving regional people access to a diverse range of arts programs – activities that are made for and by the local community.

CASP is changing for the 2017 round. Here are the main changes that you need to know:

  • Opening dates and closing dates have been moved forward in the year to enable timely announcements for 2017 projects.
  • CASP applications will only be accepted through the Arts NSW secure on-line grants system, SmartyGrants. Arts OutWest staff can help applicants use the new online system.
  • Guidelines have been reviewed and simplified.
  • You will need to respond to a number of Arts NSW KPIs that are common to all arts grants applicants under the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework (ACDP).

Read more about the changes and preview the SmartyGrants system 

Applications dates for 2017 funding have been brought forward. Applications will open on May 30 and will close 28 July 2016.

How much can you apply for? CASP grants are for small amounts of money – up to $3000 – and are available primarily to cover professional artist’s fees, travel and accommodation.

The Country Arts Support Program of Regional Arts NSW is funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

Who can apply? The funding is open to all incorporated associations, not just those focused on the arts. Unincorporated groups or collectives of artists are allowed to find a local organisation to auspice their funding.

The seven projects funded through CASP in 2016 have included a weaving workshop for women in Oberon, drama workshops and a performance for young people in Bathurst, and drama workshops in Lake Cargelligo and Condobolin. Coming up there will be a pop-up musical in Spring Hill, a burlesque in Hill End, and two projects in Lithgow: a 12 week course developing roving characters for Halloween and music workshops for Lithgow City Band. Read more about them here…

To apply

  1. read the funding criteria at
  2. contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657 or email – anyone in Central West NSW region wishing to apply for the funding must discuss their project with Arts OutWest before submitting an online application.
  3. do your application online. If you have any questions as you go call us at Arts OutWest.



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