Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
Gwen Lee (1930), Colours of Australia – Sudakie, 2001-13.
Part of The Cad Factory’s On Common Ground Festival 2015.
Image courtesy James Farley.
CASP is changing for the 2017 round. Here are the main changes that you need to know:
- Opening dates and closing dates have been moved forward in the year to enable timely announcements for 2017 projects.
- CASP applications will only be accepted through the Arts NSW secure on-line grants system, SmartyGrants.
- Guidelines have been reviewed and simplified.
- You will need to respond to a number of Arts NSW KPIs that are common to all arts grants applicants under the NSW Arts and Cultural Policy Framework (ACDP).
- The newly merged councils have not yet been built into the system. You will need to indicate your local council before merger in the application and your application will be assessed by the Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) pre-merger.
SmartyGrants is an online grants management system now being used by most government and non-government arts bodies. It might be a bit confronting the first time you use it, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get your application done.
READ THE GUIDELINES CAREFULLY.
Discuss your project with the local RADO. They can help explain the new process.
Applications open: Monday 30 May.
Applications close: 3:00pm AEST Thursday 28 July.
No extension to the closing date is possible.
ABOUT THE COUNTRY ARTS SUPPORT PROGRAM
CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) on behalf of Arts NSW and is guided by the ACDP’s three major objectives:
- A creative and vibrant NSW arts and cultural sector renowned for excellence and innovation (Quality).
- State-wide engagement with diverse audiences and communities (Reach).
- A resilient NSW arts and cultural sector (Health) and cultural activities.
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.
Download the CASP 2017 Guidelines
This link will take you to the Arts NSW online application system.Click on RANSW Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 2017. If you have not used SmartyGrants before, you will need to set up an account. This account and password can be used to go back to your application at any time and will be the same for any other grants you might apply for in the future using the Smartygrants system. Your application will be available to you until you click SUBMIT, or the closing date is reached.
If you have any enquiries about CASP contact your local RADO (link to network page) or the Funding Manager at Regional Arts NSW Tel 02 9270 2502 Email email@example.com.