After some funding to get an invigorating local creative project off the ground? The 2022 Country Arts Support Program (CASP) might be the kind of assistance that your idea needs to become a reality. Individuals, organisations and community groups in the Murray Arts Footprint, are encouraged to submit applications that have creative outcomes in the AlburyCity, Greater Hume and Federation Local Government Areas.

CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Murray Arts to support a creative and vibrant regional NSW arts scene. Up to $5,000 is up for grabs for each application, for projects occurring between 1 July and 31 December 2022. Eligible activities include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programs, and public art and design projects.

Previous CASP rounds have aided Murray River Fine Music to bring independent Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior to Albury (2021), supported Albury Wodonga Photography Group to mount their poignant ‘In The Bubble’ exhibition at Turks Head Gallery (2021), Howlong Public School was able to commission Wiradjuri Artist David Dunn to create a mural (2019) and the Headlie Taylor Header Museum in Henty delivered a sculpture workshop with Paul Smits (2018) all thanks to CASP. 

In 2022 this long-running funding program will be administered by Murray Arts in partnership with Create NSW. CASP is all about giving regional people access to a diverse range of cultural programs each year and bringing opportunities that may otherwise not be available.

The process is an online application via Smarty Grants, and the applicants are required to discuss their proposals with the team at Murray Arts before submission. Applications Open 9am Friday 1 April 2022 and Close 5pm Monday 30 May 2022, AEST. 

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