Country Arts Support Program
The aim of the Country Arts Support Program is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants that:
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.
CASP is managed by Orana Arts through devolved funding from Create NSW. These grants are offered once a year. All applicants must discuss their project with Orana Arts and applications must be submitted via Smartygrants which can be accessed via the Regional Arts NSW website during the application opening period.
Applications are assessed by an assessment panel convened by Orana Arts and consist of industry representatives and Orana Arts board members.
Grants of up to $3,000 are available for short term, locally initiated arts and community projects delivered in the Orana Arts region. Grants of $5,000 are available for projects involving partnership across the region.
Grant limit $3,000 for projects or $5,000 for projects involving partnership across the region
Applications have now closed for 2019 projects
Applicants must be incorporated/not for profit orgs
Local governments may apply
Individuals need an organisation to auspice
Guidelines for 2019 CASP can be found here.
Examples of previous Orana region CASP recipients:
The Mudgee Zine-Makers project was run by the Mudgee Readers' Festival as a series of workshops resulting in the publication of a collaboratively produced zine by young creatives. This zine was launched at MRF 2017 by special guest Sarah Ayoub.
lust for live
In 2017 Dubbo live music organisation Lust for Live brought their monthly performance night to Mudgee, showcasing a number of bands to a new audience.
Weaving Connections ran across Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine as a series of weaving sessions culminating in a public artwork as part of Artlands.