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86 new CASP projects announced for 2016

In partnership with Arts NSW, Regional Arts NSW is pleased to announce the successful funding applicants of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) for 2016. This year 86 new arts projects have been given the go-ahead in regional, rural and remote NSW, with an extensive and diverse range of activities including music, dance, literature, digital art, theatrical performances and exhibitions.

CASP is a key regional arts funding program for the NSW Government which provides support to employ artists in locally initiated arts and cultural projects. The program is devolved by the NSW Government to Regional Arts NSW to administer. The aim is to provide access to arts activities for small communities, to encourage communities to work together on cultural projects, to foster cultural diversity in the regions and to ensure that regional and rural areas have an artistic voice.

In making his announcement of the funding today, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said

“I’m proud of the vast range of funded projects demonstrating the wealth of talent in regional NSW… The projects also generate social and economic benefits to regional communities through skills development, employment, business growth and activities that drive tourism”.

Grants of between $550 and $5,000 were provided from a total yearly allocation of $250,000. Recommendations on funding are made locally by regional CASP assessment panels, coordinated by the 14 Regional Arts Boards, who all receive an equal proportion of the total available funding. Applications from eligible local government areas not serviced by a Regional Arts Board are assessed by the State CASP assessment panel which meets in Sydney to approve the final allocations.

This year there were 154 applications received from every region of the State, with a total request of over $500,000.  Some of the highlights among this year’s list of approved applicants are: