Country arts support program open to local projects | Keeper Cowra

Arts OutWest is calling for residents with small, exciting local arts projects in mind to apply for the Nationwide Arts Support Program (CASP).

The CASP is an annual series of small grants funded by the Government of New South Wales and awarded locally by Regional Arts Development Organizations (RADOS).

Arts OutWest’s 2022 CASP cycle is focused on locally developed, community-based arts and heritage activities, with outcomes that benefit people living in Mid-West New South Wales.

The funds must be used, primarily, for the payment of artists and artistic workersto undertake or manage these activities.

Applications can range from $500 to $3,000 for projects taking place between June 1 and December 31, 2022.

“As groups and artists in the region relaunch their plans or look for ways to spur creativity in their communities, CASP is a great funding option for these small but worthwhile artistic endeavors,” said Maryanne Jaques of Arts OutWest.

Activities can include workshops, exhibitions, performances, artist-in-residence programs, collaborations, public art creation, festival activities and more, across all art forms.

The eight arts projects funded in 2021 included: eco-friendly workshops for children at Parkes and Forbes; painting a community mural near Peak Hill; Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows in Residence at Cowra; dance workshops at Parkes and Forbes; art programs for seniors in Oberon; making lanterns with fiber artists in Condobolin; and a pastel art studio at Lake Cargelligo.

“Arts OutWest has approximately $17,000 in CASP funds to distribute, so it will be looking for exciting activities that offer something new to a local community, are value for money, and are spread throughout the region” , said Ms. Jaques.

This year, Arts OutWest has expanded the number of people who can apply for the CASP.

In addition to nonprofit organizations, incorporated associations, and local governments, individuals, collectives, and small businesses whose CASP-funded activity is community-focused may also apply.

Applications are open to those based in local government areas of Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

Applications close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

To apply, see the guidelines at and call Arts OutWest to discuss your proposal on 6338 4657.

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