The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is an annual small grants program funded by Create NSW and managed by Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs) and is guided by Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program’s three major objectives:

· grow creative leadership and programming excellence in NSW
· strengthen NSW arts and cultural activity that drives community and social benefit
· showcase NSW as a leader for strategic arts and cultural governance and strong financial management.

The objective of CASP 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

Grants of up to $3,000 are available for creative/arts-based projects in the local government areas of Dubbo Regional Council, Warrumbungle Shire Council, and for Orana Arts Studio Co!Lab members. Applications will be via Smarty Grants on the Orana Arts website and will close on Friday 29 April. Read the full details of what is and isn’t covered by CASP in the Orana Arts CASP 2022 Funding Guidelines.

NOTE: Anyone thinking of applying is required to have a discussion with the Orana Arts Executive Director, Alicia Leggett, before submitting their grant application.

Download the guidelines here.