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.

Key information:

  • Grant limit $3,000 for projects or $5,000 for projects involving partnership across the region

  • Applications open 9am, Friday 24 May 2019

  • Applications close 5pm, Monday 29 July 2019

  • Applicants must be incorporated/not for profit orgs

  • Local governments may apply

  • Individuals need an organisation to auspice

  • Guidelines for 2020 CASP can be found here.


Examples of previous Orana region CASP recipients:

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Mudgee zine-makers

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.

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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

Weaving Connections ran across Wellington, Dubbo and Narromine as a series of weaving sessions culminating in a public artwork as part of Artlands.