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Regional Arts NSW Grants | Q&A with Prudence Tan

To celebrate the opening of the 2018 rounds of the Country Arts Support Program and Regional Arts Fund Community Grants, Regional Arts NSW sat down with our very own Grants & Projects Manager, Prudence Tan to talk about applying for Regional Arts NSW grants.

What is the Country Art Support Program (CASP)?

CASP is a small grants program that Regional Arts NSW administers on behalf of Create NSW (formerly Arts NSW). Projects are eligible for funding of $3,000 or $5,000 depending on your region, and are assessed by a local panel organised by your Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO). CASP can support projects, residencies and exhibitions, but applications must come from a regional organisation or group, or be auspiced by a regional organisation.
Before submitting your application, you will need to get in touch with your Regional Arts Development Organisation to find out your region’s priority areas. If you are based in a non-contributing council (not supported by a RADO) your point of contact is Regional Arts NSW; you will be assessed by a state panel rather than locally, and you can contact me with any questions!
Read the CASP Guidelines here

What is the Regional Arts Fund (RAF)?

The RAF is a grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW via Regional Arts Australia on behalf of the Department of Communications and the Arts. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch with me prior to submitting their application, especially if their application is for $20,000 or more. Applications must come from regional organisations (not metropolitan organisations or partners) and meet the guidelines.
Read the RAF Guidelines here

What are Quick Response Grants?

Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to opportunities that arise at short notice. The purpose of the grant is support professional skills and arts development opportunities. The opportunity must be unforeseeable and not a regular event that you could have planned for (e.g. annual festival). There’s no deadline for applications, and applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. You can apply by calling (02) 9270 2500.
Read the Quick Response Grant Guidelines here

What’s the difference between CASP and RAF?

CASP is a small grants program, whereas RAF supports much larger projects and those projects can extend to a two-year period (2018 – 2019). CASP is devolved funding from Create NSW (State Government) whereas RAF is devolved funding from the Department of Communications and the Arts (Federal Government) provided by Regional Arts Australia. Quick Response Grants are an allocation from the Regional Arts Fund.

Do you have any tips for writing my grant application?

The best tips for grant writing are up on the Regional Arts NSW website; we have a comprehensive guide for all phases of the grant application process. Have a read of the articles below:

If you need further assistance contact your local Regional Arts Development Organisation (you can find them here) for one-on-one support, or contact me on (02) 9270 2500 or

Can I submit late? What if I can’t use Smarty Grants?

No late submissions are accepted but if you’re having issues with Smarty Grants or have accessibility requirements, please get in touch!

Do you assess the grants?

No. For CASP, applications from each region are assessed by a panel assembled by the local Regional Arts Development Organisation. Non-contributing areas are assessed by an independent state panel administered by Regional Arts NSW. For the Regional Arts Fund, all applications are assessed by an independent Regional Arts Fund panel administered by Regional Arts NSW.

What happens next?

Once the assessments have been made, all projects recommended for funding are sent to the relevant government body for approval by the Minister for the Arts. Successful projects will then be announced by the Minister or your local member. Once these announcements have been made, Regional Arts NSW will then advise all applicants if they are successful or unsuccessful, and commence the paperwork flow required to process and pay the grants.

Grants announcements are usually made in early December; however this can vary from year to year.

Are you the person I contact for more information?

I am! Until Friday 30 June I’m the person at Regional Arts NSW to talk to about all of our grants. After that I’ll be handing over to Lexie Reeves while I head off on maternity leave for 12 months. You can contact both of us at and (02) 9270 2500.