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Regional Arts NSW Grants | Tips for 2019 Funding

To celebrate the opening of the 2019 rounds for the Country Arts Support Program and Regional Arts Fund, we’re answering some of your Frequently Asked Questions and giving our top tips for successful grants. We’ve also got some handy hints for our ongoing Quick Response Grant, so take a read and polish off those applications!

What grants are open?

We currently have two 2019 grant rounds open, plus our ongoing Quick Response Grant. Closing on the 3 August is the Country Arts Support Program (for projects from 1 January 2019 – 31 December 2019), and closing on 10 August is the Regional Arts Fund (for projects from 1 January 2019).

What is the Country Arts 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 us with any questions!
Read the CASP Guidelines here | Apply here | Find your RADO

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 us 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 | Apply 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 (2019 – 2020). 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. We recommend first-time applicants and smaller projects (e.g. workshops) to apply for CASP, whereas RAF is aimed at larger arts and cultural development projects.

Does Regional Arts NSW 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.

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 RANSW on (02) 9270 2500 or

Do you have any other general tips for my application?


I want to apply for a Quick Response Grant. Is there anything I should keep in mind when applying?


Who do I contact if I need help?

For issues relating to your application call us on (02) 9270 2500 or email For issues relating to your Smarty Grants account (e.g. password issues), call Smarty Grants on (03) 9320 6888 or email