All applicants are required to speak with a member of the West Darling Arts team prior to making your application. Please contact us between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday:
Telephone: (08) 8087 9035 or 0487 903 507
Who can apply?
You can apply in the following categories:
Applications open: Thursday 21 April, 2022
Applications close: Monday 31 May, 2022
Projects are to be completed between 1 July and 31 December 2022.
The Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is an annual small grants program funded by Create NSW and managed by Regional Arts Development Organisations (RADOs). It 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.
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
Funding of up to $500 (Individuals) and $5,000 (Groups/Collectives/Organisations*) is available to support the development of arts and cultural activities in Far West NSW.
*Unincorporated groups or collectives will be required to have a Nominated Funds Supervisor/Auspice.
What will be funded?
CASP grants may be used to support a range of arts and cultural activities. Examples of projects that may be funded include, but are not limited to:
development of new works;
workshops (funds should primarily support artist/tutor fees and/or materials);
events (eg. Concerts, performances);
community arts projects;
purchase of equipment and/or materials related to your creative practice, for example:
a professional musician/artist looking to upgrade an instrument or technical equipment;
an organisation/group looking to upgrade or purchase equipment such as a kiln or printing press.
Funding is not available for:
Activities or projects that are not directly related to the Arts, or that do not demonstrate benefit to the Far West community. This includes:
individuals who cannot demonstrate an established practice;
fees toward education or courses;
project staffing costs (for organisations);
recovering the costs of items and/or materials already purchased;
fundraising, awards or prize money.
CASP grants support creative activities in Far West NSW. To be eligible for a West Darling Arts’ CASP grant, you need to meet the following criteria:
Be a resident or organisation located in Far West NSW, within one of the following municipalities:
Broken Hill City Council
Central Darling Shire
Far West Unincorporated Region
Have an ABN, OR have a demonstrated relationship with a Nominated Funds Supervisor that can auspice grant funds.
Project Focus Your project/activity must be a clearly defined arts and cultural project/activity.
Who will assess my application?
Applications will be assessed by a panel of local arts professionals, and representatives from West Darling Arts.
How will my application be assessed?
Applications will be assessed on their merit and positive impact on the creative development of the Far West community.
Your application should show us how it meets the following criteria:
Merit The artistic reason for your project, including:
What is your project/activity about?
Who is involved and why?
How have you prepared for it?
The reason for doing the project/activity.
The professionalism and/or experience of the people involved.
Impact (Benefit) Explain how the project/activity will benefit you and/or the community/ies involved in the project/activity.
Viability Include your project plan, timeline and budget to show how you will effectively manage and use resources to do the project/activity.
Your application will require letters of support or referees that demonstrate partnerships or an identified need for the project/activity within the chosen community/ies.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications approximately 3-4 weeks after they submit their application.
What is a Nominated Funds Supervisor?
A Nominated Funds Supervisor is an administrative body/third party that can receive and administer funds on your behalf if you or your group/collective do not have an ABN.
You may be asked for a fee for this service and it is recommended that you include that fee in your project budget.
For further information on how to apply, or to discuss the eligibility of your project/activity, please contact Cathy Farry between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday: