CASP Frequently Asked Questions

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

We’ve answered some of the common Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding questions. Take a read then call us to discuss your project application.

CASP FAQ #1: WHO CAN APPLY FOR CASP FUNDING?

  • A not for profit incorporated body
  • A local government authority
  • A collective with a nominated Funds Administrator (see below)
  • Applicants are required to have a current certificate of currency for Broadform Liability or ‘Public Liability’ Insurance

CASP FAQ #2: What is a Funds Administrator?

[This is sometimes, in other funding, called an ‘auspicing’ body].

If your group is not incorporated, you can still apply for a grant if you have a Funds Administrator. A Funds Administrator is a legally constituted organisation that will take legal and financial responsibility for a grant if awarded. A signed letter from the Funds Administrator will be required. If a grant is awarded, the Funds Administrator must also sign the Conditions for Payment of Grant form and is responsible for reporting on the grant within three months of the project’s completion. All correspondence and monies will be directed to the Funds Administrator. It is recommended that grant applicants enter into a written agreement with their nominated Funds Administrator highlighting respective rights and responsibilities.

CASP FAQ #3 CAN I APPLY FOR CASP AS AN INDIVIDUAL OR AS A BUSINESS?

See the list above of who can apply.

BUT, you can team up with a local not for profit incorporated body to devise the project and put together the application – this group will be your ‘funds administrator’ (also sometimes called an auspicing body) – see above.

CASP FAQ #4 WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS DOES CASP FUND?

Eligible activities

Projects including but not limited to:

  • workshops
  • arts activities as part of community festivals or events
  • artist-in-residence programs
  • public art and design projects
  • performances
  • arts and cultural directories
  • community seminars and forums
  • exhibitions
  • other local arts initiatives

See examples of projects funded last round here: https://artsoutwest.org.au/category/industry-news/casp/

CASP FAQ #5  WHAT CAN YOU SPEND CASP MONEY ON?

Grants are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation.

There is a question in this year’s form that asks ‘How many PAID artists will be employed on the project? (must be at least one).

CASP FAQ #6  WHAT’S THE TIMEFRAME – WHEN IS THE FUNDING FOR?

Next year. 2021.

This round is for projects to take place between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

If your project or activity if for this year you might want to look at either a Regional Arts Fund Quick Response Grant (http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/grants/qrg/)or a Create NSW Quick Response Grant (https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/small-project-grants/)

CASP FAQ #7 WHY DO WE HAVE TO DISCUSS OUR PROJECTS FIRST WITH OUR RADO BEFORE APPLYING?

This is really just so we can help you get everything right and maximize your changes of doing well. It’s often takes just a quick conversation to figure out if your project is a fit or not, or if your or organisation will be eligible to apply. We can also talk you through aspects like budget if needed. Sometimes if the project isn’t a fit for CASP we can point people in the direction of funding that better suits them.

CASP FAQ #8 WHAT ARE CASP APPLICATIONS ASSESSED ON?

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Artistic and cultural merit (Merit)
  • Relevance, extent and depth of community engagement and participation (Impact)
  • Evidence of consultation with and support from the community (Impact)
  • Evidence of adequate planning, budgeting and capacity to manage the project (Viability)

Priority is given to projects which address these criteria with consideration given to each region’s arts and cultural resources and requirements.

CASP FAQ #9 WHAT IS A LETTER OF SUPPORT AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

  • A letter of support (LOS) is a letter written by another person or organisation is support of your or your project.
  • The LOS Demonstrates the benefit of this project
  • It might explain any ways that the person or organisation writing the letter will contribute to supporting the project
  • A letter is letter of support is no more than one page.
  • For CASP you can scan or collect each letter into one document (this isn’t the case for all types of funding).

CASP FAQ #10 CAN I HAVE A LOOK AT THE FORM BEFORE I START THE APPLICATION? 

Yes, preview the form here: https://artsnsw.smartygrants.com.au/2021CASP/261365/view

CASP FAQ #11 HOW DO I APPLY?

See all the CASP guidelines here: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/arts-and-cultural-funding-program/casp/

And then call us at Arts OutWest 6338 4657 or email us at artsoutwest@csu.edu.au for a chat

CASP 2021 applications close 5pm Tuesday 29 September 2020

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