Country Arts Support Program 2021

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CASP is open! Small grants for local arts projects. Applications close 5pm Tuesday 29 September 2020 (just one month to apply, so get moving).

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.

Applications will only be open for one month, closing 5pm Tuesday 29 September 2020.

CASP funds are a valuable way to kick-start local arts projects. This funding program is about giving regional people access to a diverse range of arts activities that are made for and by the local community.

Access the guidelines here

How much?

Grants of up to $3000 are available and are primarily to cover professional artist’s fees, travel and accommodation.

There is usually around 6 to 7 projects funded by CASP each year in the Arts OutWest area (see the list of projects funded for 2020 and the projects funded for 2019).

What can be funded?

Projects could include (but are not limited to) workshops, arts activities as part of community festivals or events, artist-in-residence programs, public art and design projects, performances, community seminars and forums, exhibitions, arts-based recovery projects or other local arts initiatives.

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. Likewise if an individual artist has a project in mind they can team up with a local group.

What if we’re unsure about what’s happening in 2021?

Yes, 2021 will probably be a different version of “normal”, but If you’ve got a great project in mind, and the capacity to deliver it, we think you should apply. For successful applicants variations can be made on time-frames and delivery format if social distancing restrictions return.

How to apply

  1. Read the guidelines on the Create NSW website
  2. To apply for the funding groups must discuss their project with their regional arts development orgnisation (in the Cenrtal West this is Arts OutWest) before submitting an online application. Contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657 or email
  3. Apply using the Smartygrants system

Note: You must call Arts OutWest to discuss your application before applying

Applications will be assessed locally by a regional panel.

The Country Arts Support Program is a NSW Government program through Create NSW. It’s delivered locally by the state’s 14 regional arts organisations.


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