Small grants for arts projects
Arts OutWest’s Country Arts Support Program 2022 guidelines

Please read through these guidelines then call Arts OutWest to discuss your application. The link to start your application is at the bottom of this page.

The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is an annual NSW Government funded round of small grants delivered locally by Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOS).

The aim of CASP is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW.

Arts OutWest’s CASP 2022 round is focused on community-based, locally-developed activities with outcomes that benefit people living in the Arts OutWest region.

Arts OutWest’s CASP 2022 funds are primarily for the payment of artists and arts workers to undertake or manage arts activities in local communities.

Goals of CASP:

  • Assist locally determined community arts and cultural activities
  • Increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs
  • Enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities
  • Bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional opportunities
  • Lead to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity
  • Increase the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations

What’s new?

In 2022, in addition to not-for-profit organisations, incorporated associations and local governments, Arts OutWest’s CASP program has been extended to individuals and collectives (who nominate an incorporated association to manage their funds) and to businesses whose CASP funded activity is community focused.

Also this year we have built in short online induction, sharing and showcase opportunities for successful applicants.

Key dates and info

Applications open: Tuesday 8 March 2022

Applications close: Thursday 21 April 2022

Funding amount: Applicants can apply for $500 through to a maximum of $3000.

Timing: projects are to take place between 1 June and 31 December 2022


1. Location: Arts OutWest’s Country Arts Support Program is available to people and organsiations whose residence or main place of practice is within one of the 12 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of our service region:

    • Bathurst Region
    • Blayney
    • Cabonne
    • Cowra
    • Forbes
    • Lachlan
    • Lithgow
    • Mid-Western Region
    • Oberon
    • Orange
    • Parkes
    • Weddin

2. Who can apply:

Eligible applicants:

    • Not-for-profit organisations
    • Incorporated associations
    • Collectives (with a nominated funds manager)
    • Individuals (with a nominated funds manager)
    • Businesses providing the activity is for community benefit
    • Local government

Ineligible applicants include:

    • Organisations and bodies that are part of state or federal government
    • Schools
    • Businesses undertaking activity to solely financially benefit their own business
    • Groups or individuals not based in the Arts OutWest service region
    • Groups or individuals with overdue CASP or Micro Grant aquittals
    • Applicants who have not discussed their application with Arts OutWest staff.

3. Types of activities funded:

Eligible activities:

Arts OutWest’s CASP 2022 funds all kinds of arts and heritage activities including (but not limited to) festivals, performances, workshops, exhibitions, residencies, presentations, collaborations, creating new works.

CASP funding is primarily for artist/ arts worker fees and expenses.

Ineligible activities include:

    • Activities that have previously been funded through CASP
    • Activities in which the core activity does not benefit communities or artists in the Arts OutWest region
    • Activities that are not primarily arts or cultural activities
    • Competitions, prizes and adjudication fees
    • Core administration costs of an organisation
    • Activities that are part of the curriculum of schools

In the application form applicants are also asked if their proposed activity aligns with one of the following Arts OutWest focus areas (it is not compulsory to fit your project into one of these areas, but we’d like to know if it does):

    • Core business of assisting arts and cultural activity in the AOW region
    • Aboriginal arts and cultural development
    • Arts and Health
    • Cultural Tourism
    • Music Industry Support

4Applicants are expected to discuss their proposal with Arts OutWest staff before applying. This is to ensure that your chances of success are maximized and that people do not spend time on ineligible applications.

Call Arts OutWest Monday-Friday 9am-5pm on 02 6338 4657

Or email us to make a time to chat on

Please note: if you get voicemail please do leave us a message and we’ll call you back.

Funding amounts and budgets

You can apply for $500 through to a maximum of $3000.

Things to know and consider:

  • Arts OutWest’s CASP funds are primarily for the payment of artists and arts workers fees. In your budget you can allocate a very small amount of CASP funds to materials or equipment but artists/ arts worker fees must be the main focus.
  • Applicants are urged to cost their projects accurately and ask only for what they need. Value for money will be a part of the assessment of the budget.
  • Arts OutWest has been provided with around $17,000 for this funding round. Applicants are encouraged to keep their CASP requests realistic but modest.
  • Budgets that show additional other income – either through cash or in-kind – will be well regarded.

Funds Managers for collectives or individuals: this will be an incorporated not-for-profit of your choice who will receive and manage your funds. There is a section on the application form to include their details.

The application form will also ask for other details such as contact details, applicant (or funds manager’s) ABN, that you will have public liability insurance, letters of support and other supporting materials, a brief budget and of course details about your planned activity.

If your activity has Aboriginal cultural content we also ask that you provide a letter or evidence of support from a suitable local Aboriginal organisation or elders.

The Assessment process:

Arts OutWest is aiming for a short turn around in assessments for CASP 2022. Applications close 21 April 2022. Assessment will be made by a CASP panel in late April with notifications made to applicants early May. Funded activities can occur any time between 1 June and 31 December 2022.

The assessment panel will be made up of three AOW Board members and an external person. The panel will submit scores based on the assessment criteria before meeting to finalise decisions. Arts OutWest staff members are not on the assessment panel.

Assessment will consider:

  • The artistic or cultural merit of the project.
  • The positive impact (cultural, social or economic) either on a regional community or on regional artists.
  • The financial value of the project and the quality of the budget presented.
  • The quality of planning and the ability of the applicant to deliver the project.
  • Activities that demonstrate partnerships and relationship with other organisations will be well regarded.
Successful applicants: Sharing and interaction

Recipients of the grant will be expected to interact with Arts OutWest and the other recipients through:

  • Attending a short online induction session
  • Updating Arts OutWest about progress of the project, sharing photos and publicity
  • Attending an online completion session at the end of the year
  • Being prepared to present about their project at an Arts OutWest networking event
  • Completing an acquittal form with documentation within three months of competing the project.
  1. Read these guidelines
  2. Call Arts OutWest to discuss your planned activity and application: 02 6338 4657 (remember this is a requirement)
  3. Start an application on Smartygrants via the link below (you can save this as you go, it doesn’t need to be done all at once)
  4. Gather any letters of support or support materials to attach to your application
  5. Submit your application by 5pm Thursday 21 April 2022


Applications close 5pm Thursday April 21, 2022.

Location: State-wide funds. Arts OutWest manages funds for the Central West LGAs of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange, Parkes, Weddin.

When: Applications close 21 April 2022 for projects happening June-Dec 2022.

Funded by: The NSW Government through Create NSW

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