NSW Grants (devolved funding)

Some Arts and Cultural Development Program funds are managed by sector service organisations to support arts and cultural activities at local and regional levels.

Organisations offering small grants or devolved funding programs have broad networks across the arts and cultural sector, within specific artforms and with the community.

Applications for NSW Small Grants (devolved funding) should be made directly to the relevant partner organisation.

Guidelines, closing dates, application forms and application processes vary. Please contact partner service organisations directly for further information on current programs.

Country Arts Support Program

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 benefits
  • showcase NSW as a leader for strategic arts and cultural governance and strong financial management.

CASP objectives

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.

CASP open and closing dates


Open date

Closing date

Arts Mid North CoastJune 2022TBC
Arts North West11 April 202230 May 2022 
Arts Northern Rivers20 May 2022 30 June 2022
Arts Out West8 March 202221 April 2022 
Arts Upper Hunter28 March 202216 May 2022 
Eastern Riverina Arts9 June 202224 July 2022
Murray Arts1 April 202230 May 2022
Orana Arts22 March 202230 April 2022
Outback Arts1 March 20221 April 2022
South East Arts2 May 202227 May 2022
South West Arts4 April 20225 August 2022
Southern Tableland Arts1 March 202218 April 2022
West Darling Arts25 April 202221 May 2022
Western Riverina Arts2 May 202230 May 2022

South Coast Arts

  • South Coast Arts is the newest edition to the Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) network and provides services for arts and cultural activity in the South Coast region.
  • Applicants living and/or working on the South Coast of NSW within the Shellharbour City, Kiama and Shoalhaven City local government areas are eligible to apply for a Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grant.
  • Applicants looking to apply for this grant must speak to South Coast Arts prior to starting their application. Applicants can email enquiries to: projects@southcoastarts.org.au.
  • Further information about this grant round can be found in the guidelines here.

This Grant Round – Seed Funding

  • This is the first round of CASP funding managed by South Coast Arts, the newest member of the RADO network. Individuals and groups within the Shellharbour City, Kiama and Shoalhaven City local government areas wishing to apply for funds in this round have the opportunity to develop a new creative concept and undertake a research/ development process (stage 1). While this grant does not require a public outcome, successful applicants will be required to present their ideas and proposed outcomes at a network gathering hosted by South Coast Arts in March 2023.

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Band Association of NSW

  • Community Band Development Grants

Phone: 02 8501 2526
Website: www.bandnsw.com

Museums and Galleries NSW

  • Skills Development Grants
  • Leg Up Grants (Quick Response)
  • Fellowships, Mentorships and Volunteer Placements
  • Volunteer Museum Small Grants
  • Audience Development Fund
  • Volunteer Museum Project Development

Phone: 02 9252 8300
Freecall: 1800 114 311 (regional NSW only)
Website: www.mgnsw.org.au

Royal Australian Historical Society

  • Cultural Grants Program

Phone: 02 9247 8001
Website: www.rahs.org.au