Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Arts and Cultural Funding Program

Haunting (Vic McEwan + George Main) and Vanishing Point: Swan Hoppers Legacy (Julie Montgarrett + Vic McEwan + Clytie Smith) for On Common Ground. Photo by James T Farley.

Haunting (Vic McEwan + George Main) and Vanishing Point: Swan Hoppers Legacy (Julie Montgarrett + Vic McEwan + Clytie Smith) for On Common Ground. Photo by James T Farley.

Applications for the Country Arts Support Program are closed.

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Updated Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Guidelines

The information on this page is the full guidelines and will not be made available as a download. We recommend reading the full guidelines on this page before completing your application.

Apply now

To apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Please note that projects are to take place between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

Note: To be eligible, applicants must discuss their project with their relevant Regional Arts Development Organisation before applying.

Accessibility

If you are an applicant with disability, and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, you can contact us on the details below between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The National Relay service numbers are:

  • TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520
  • Speak and Listen users: Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520
  • Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520.

Overview

Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is an annual small grants program and is guided by the 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 benefits
  • showcase NSW as a leader for strategic arts and cultural governance and strong financial management.

CASP is not a recurrent fund.

The fund is delivered in partnership with the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations.

The program aims 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

Who can apply for funding?

  • A not for profit incorporated body
  • A local government authority
  • A collective with a nominated Funds Administrator (see Definitions at the bottom of this page)
  • Applicants are required to have a current certificate of currency for Broadform Liability or ‘Public Liability’ Insurance

Eligible activities

Projects including but not limited to:

  • workshops
  • arts activities as part of community festivals or events
  • artist-in-residence programs
  • public art and design projects
  • performances
  • arts and cultural directories
  • community seminars and forums
  • exhibitions
  • other local arts initiatives

Note: To be eligible, applicants must discuss their project with their relevant Regional Arts Development Organisation before applying.

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Individuals
  • Groups and organisations based in Sydney and Western Sydney, or applying for projects based on those areas
  • Interstate organisations
  • Professional touring groups
  • Commercial enterprises
  • Groups/ensembles and unincorporated associations with no Funds Administrator
  • Regional Conservatoriums
  • Organisations that have applied for or received Create NSW funding for the same activity
  • Previous recipients where the use of the grant did not, in the opinion of the CASP state assessment panel, conform to the spirit and intentions of these guidelines
  • State and federal government departments, including schools (except P&Cs who are incorporated).

CASP will not fund:

  • Core equipment purchases
  • Capital expenses
  • Production costs of films, videos, books or other publications
  • Competitions
  • Fundraising events
  • Prizes and adjudication fees
  • Applicants who have already received Create NSW funding for the same activities
  • General operating expenses or ongoing costs of long-term continuous projects
  • Projects that have commenced or are completed Sporting activities
  • Activities which could be considered part of the curriculum for schools or tertiary institutions

When can I apply for funding?

Opened Tuesday 1 September 2020 and closed Tuesday 29 September 2020 at 5pm AEST.

How much funding can I apply for?

Grants of up to either $3,000 or $5000 (depending on region) are available primarily for professional artists’ fees, travel and accommodation. To find out the maximum amount you can apply for contact your local Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO).

Projects are to take place between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021.

Assessment criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Artistic and cultural merit (Merit)
  • Relevance, extent and depth of community engagement and participation (Impact)
  • Evidence of consultation with and support from the community (Impact)
  • Evidence of adequate planning, budgeting and capacity to manage the project (Viability)

Priority is given to projects which address these criteria with consideration given to each region’s arts and cultural resources and requirements.

Process

You must contact your relevant Regional Arts Development Organisation to discuss your application before it is submitted. Applications from organisations based in eligible local government areas that do not contribute to a Regional Arts Development Organisation can contact the Arts Funding and Development team at Create NSW.

To apply to the 2021 CASP funding round you need to complete and submit an application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants. You will be required to create a SmartyGrants account before you can proceed with your application. You should save your application form on a regular basis and allow plenty of time to review your application before submission.

All applications must be submitted via the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 2021 Application in SmartyGrants by 5pm Monday 28 September 2020. Applications will not be accepted after that time.

Once your application is received and has been deemed eligible, it will be assessed, rated and prioritised by the CASP Regional Assessment Panel in your region. Applications from organisations based in regional areas as identified by Create NSW will be assessed by a separate assessment panel.

Create NSW staff will make final recommendations with reference to the assessment criteria, artform, demographics and the distribution, range and scale of recommended applicants.

This may include prioritising applicants living and/or working in regional NSW, Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability and young people. Prioritisation of recommended applicants ensures equity across the state and the best outcomes for NSW Government investment.

Final recommendations are submitted for the consideration of the Minister for the Arts.

Checklist

  • All support material must be relevant to your project and submitted with your application.
  • If your project involves working with children and young people, participants must supply a current Working With Children Check Number.
  • Applicants should consider access for People with Disability in their information and events.
  • Applications with creative content and/or stated intended outcomes relating to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists, communities or their activities must provide letters of support from relevant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists and/or communities. Please ensure you download and read Create NSW’s Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Protocols.
  • Applications must have a current certificate of currency for Broadform Liability or ‘Public Liability’ Insurance.
  • Apart from local government, all applicants are required to provide a current financial report for your organisation (and your Funds Administrator, if applicable) with your application.

Create NSW policy directions, objectives & priority areas

The Arts and Cultural Funding Program (ACFP) delivers on the Premier’s commitment to enhance the quality of life of the people of NSW. The strategic direction of the Program aligns with the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s focus on Community Engagement and Service Delivery.

It is underpinned by high standards of service and advice to Government and priority of Excellence in Arts, Culture and Heritage.

A key priority for the ACFP is to invest in NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural practice and to deliver this through Aboriginal self-determination and leadership.

The ACFP supports excellence in arts and culture by funding creative development and presentation, investing in artists and arts and cultural workers and supporting cultural visitation and participation. The Program supports the telling of stories that reflect NSW’s diverse history and contemporary life. This approach supports NSW as a world class centre for the arts and for culture.

NSW Arts and Cultural policy framework: Create in NSW

Create in NSW is a ten-year policy framework for the arts, cultural and screen sectors. This framework guides arts funding, future investment and the development of strategic initiatives to achieve the Government’s vision for the arts, including increased cultural participation. The ACFP is a key mechanism for Create NSW in achieving these targets.

ACFP Priority Areas

Growing the quality and quantity of activities in Priority Areas is a key focus of the ACFP.

Programs and projects that support high quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance.

The Country Arts Support Program supports the following ACFP priority areas:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW
  • NSW Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

What support is available to me?

Resources are available to assist you with your funding application. Contact your relevant Regional Arts Development Organisation to discuss your application. Applications from organisations based in eligible local government areas that do not contribute to a Regional Arts Development Organisation can contact the Arts Funding and Development team at Create NSW between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday:

Telephone: (02) 8289 6520
Email: arts.funding@create.nsw.gov.au
Or contact the Arts Funding team directly.

Other information

Definitions

What is a Funds Administrator?

If your group is not incorporated, you can still apply for a grant if you have a Funds Administrator. A Funds Administrator is a legally constituted organisation that will take legal and financial responsibility for a grant if awarded. A signed letter from the Funds Administrator will be required. If a grant is awarded, the Funds Administrator must also sign the Conditions for Payment of Grant form and is responsible for reporting on the grant within three months of the project’s completion. All correspondence and monies will be directed to the Funds Administrator. It is recommended that grant applicants enter into a written agreement with their nominated Funds Administrator highlighting respective rights and responsibilities.

What is a Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO)?

Formerly known as a Regional Arts Board (RAB), it is an organisation servicing local government areas to provide support and services to local artists and arts organisations.

Contact your local RADO.

What if my region is not covered by a RADO?

Create NSW will manage applicant enquiries for Central Coast, Cessnock City, Kiama, Maitland City, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Tweed, Wollongong

What is Regional NSW?

Regional NSW, for the purposes of the ACFP, includes the Central Coast, Hunter and Illawarra, and is defined as the areas or regions outside of Sydney and Western Sydney.

 

Image: Haunting (Vic McEwan + George Main) and Vanishing Point: Swan Hoppers Legacy (Julie Montgarrett + Vic McEwan + Clytie Smith) for On Common Ground. Photo by James T Farley.
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