Applications for the 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP) are now open

Applications for the 2016 Country Arts Support Program (CASP) are now open

Applications for the 2016 round of the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) are now open and will be accepted until the 1 October, 2015.

“If you, or someone you know, has an idea for a short term, locally initiated arts project in 2016 you may be able to access a little extra support through CASP,” said Caroline Downer, Regional Arts Development Officer at Arts North West. “In past years CASP funding has enabled some great projects to come to fruition in our region.”

In the 2015 round of CASP grants, a diverse range of arts and cultural projects within the Arts North West region received over $19,000 in funding. This included drypoint etchings of birdlife (Gravesend), theatre workshops for primary students (Moree), a creative day for older people at NERAM (Armidale), writing workshops for locative literature (Armidale), an art project and exhibition for people with a disability (Tenterfield) and two Aboriginal traditional craft workshops in carving and weaving (Tamworth).

CASP is a small grants program which provides funding to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional New South Wales. It is a prerequisite that CASP applicants contact their regional arts board to discuss their project ideas.

The aims of the program are:
to assist locally determined cultural activities;
to increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs;
to enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities;
to encourage communities to work together to develop and participate in cultural experiences;
to bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional activities; and
to leads to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New South Wales

The CASP application pack for 2016 is available for applicants to download from the Regional Arts NSW website.

For more information and to discuss your projects ideas, contact Arts North Wes