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Country Arts Support Program funding open for 2023

Applications are now open for Arts OutWest’s Country Arts Support Program (CASP), a small annual funding round supporting arts activities in the NSW Central West.

CASP funds the payment of artists and arts workers to undertake or manage arts activities that offer exciting creative outcomes. Grants of up to $3000 are available.

Applications for 2023 close at 5pm on Monday 5 December 2022.

“CASP funds are a valuable way to generate new arts activities,” Arts OutWest executive director Kylie Shead said. “This funding is about employing artists and making opportunities for people across our region to access a diverse range of arts and culture.”

Projects could include (but are not limited to) arts or heritage based workshops, classes, performances, installations, exhibitions, tours, screen/film making, writing or composition, development of new work, tours or talks, artist-in-residence programs, recordings or podcasts, and new arts activities attached to festivals or events – as long as they have some element of public outcome.

“If you’ve got a great activity or project in mind, and the capacity to deliver it, we think you should apply,” Ms Shead said.

The funding is open to individuals, groups, not-for-profit organisations, arts businesses and councils in the local government areas of Bathurst Region, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Lachlan, Lithgow, Mid-Western Region, Oberon, Orange, Parkes and Weddin.

There were nine projects funded by CASP in the Central West in 2022.

Arts OutWest will run a free grant writing workshop in Parkes on Wednesday 2 November and an online CASP information session on Wednesday 16 November.

To apply you must discuss your idea with Arts OutWest before submitting an online application. Read the full criteria at and contact Arts OutWest on 02 6338 4657 or

The Country Arts Support Program is a devolved funding program of the NSW Government through Create NSW, delivered locally by the state’s regional arts development organisations.

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