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Country Arts Support Program 2022

South West Art is currently offering individual artists, arts groups, organisations and community organisations access to a Country Arts Support Program to support arts activities, professional development and projects within the South West Arts service region. This service area includes the following local government areas:


Berrigan Shire Council
Edward River Council
Murray River Council
Balranald Shire Council
Hay Shire Council
Carrathool Shire Council
 

Moira Shire, Campaspe Shire, Gannawarra Shire and the Rural City of Swan Hill Community Arts Organisations and artists are eligible to apply where it can be demonstrated that there is a substantial benefit to, or outcome in the South West Arts service region in NSW.
 

It is proposed that the CASP will be able to be accessed by artists, Indigenous organisations, businesses, arts organisations, not-for-profit organisations, museums, and galleries. 
Local Government can also apply where Council offers a co-contribution of 50% or greater.
 

The scope of how the CASP can be used is broad and allows for activities such as projects that deliver broad community benefit, projects that may be important to an individual artist to support the growth of their arts practice, small capital grants for local galleries, museums and community organisations to improve their facilities as well as delivering workshops, professional development and arts and cultural events.

CASP is divided into three sections:

 

  • Grant A: Individual artists

  • Grant B: Community groups, arts organisations, museums and galleries (including privately run facilities

  • Grant C: Community activities -LGA’s and businesses are eligible to apply for this category in addition to arts and cultural organisations, museums, galleries and individual artists.

Aims:

The objectives of the CASP are to:

  • Support arts and cultural activities and projects to drive community and social benefits

  • Assist locally determined community arts and cultural activities

  • Increase opportunities for regionally based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs

  • Enables communities to explore and express their cultural identities

  • Support the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations

CASP will not fund:

  • Core administration costs, office costs

  • Competitions

  • Fundraising events

  • Prizes

  • Activities that have been funded by or have an application pending with South West Arts

  • General operating expenses

  • Projects that have commenced or are completed

  • Sporting activities

  • Activities which could be considered part of the curriculum for schools or tertiary institutions

Category Guidelines:

Grant A: Individual Artists

CASP (Individual grants, up to $500) will support activities or other costs associated with an individual artist’s practice.

To be eligible for this grant you must:

  • Be based in the South West Arts region

  • Be an individual practicing artist

  • This funding must offer a way of developing your arts practice, engagement or expertise

  • Projects, purchases or activities supported by the funding must be completed within the calendar year.

  • Individuals do not need to have an ABN to apply

  • You must be registered on the Creative Riverina website (Registration is free, http://creativeriverina.com/ )

This funding can be used for a range of costs or activities, such as:

  • Equipment to help you support the development of your arts practice

  • Training, Skills and Professional Development

  • New ways of marketing or sharing your arts business

  • Development of new work

  • Presentation, performance or exhibition of work

  • Travel expenses for training or exhibitions

  • Other requests may be considered where there is a demonstrated benefit/need.

Grant B: Arts Groups and Organisations

Arts Groups and Organisations grants are available up to $1,000 for activities or projects, including small capital purchases that support arts and cultural groups, organisations and businesses.

To be eligible for this grant you must be:

  • Based in the South West Arts region

  • Be an organisation, group, arts-based business, aboriginal organisation, museum or gallery. Non arts or culturally based not-for-profit community organisations and community groups may apply where arts and cultural outcomes can be demonstrated.

  • Your request must be arts related

  • Projects, purchases or activities supported by the funding must be completed within the calendar year

  • Organisations or groups do not have to be a legal entity (eg incorporated organisation or have an ABN). Individuals representing informal collectives or other non-incorporated groups are welcome to apply

  • Arts and Cultural organisations and groups must be registered on the Creative Riverina website (Registration is free, http://creativeriverina.com/ )

This funding can be used for:

  • Small-scale projects or events

  • Workshops

  • A collaborative project bringing together multiple groups or practitioners

  • Small capital projects or equipment costs

  • Exhibitions

  • Marketing

  • Collections, curation and skills development​

Grant C: Community Projects

Community Project grants of up to $2,000 are available to support activities or projects that engage and benefit a section of the community in the South West Arts Region.

To be eligible for this grant you must:

  • Be based in the South West Arts region

  • Be an organisation, group, arts-based business, aboriginal organisation or local council

  • Your request must be arts related

  • The request must offer a way of helping your community’s arts practice, engagement or experience

  • Projects, purchases or activities supported by the funding must be completed within the calendar year

  • Organisations must be a legal entity to apply, or be auspiced by a legal entity (eg. incorporated organisation or have an ABN).

This funding can be used for a range of costs or activities, such as:

  • A small-scale project or event

  • A collaborative project bringing together multiple groups or practitioners

  • Local Government applications must be supported by a minimum of 50% cash co-contribution.

Conditions:

 

  • All successful applicants will be required to enter into a funding agreement with South West Arts.

  • All applications must be acquitted using the template provided

  • All marketing and promotional material must Acknowledge the NSW State Government and South West Arts (See funding agreement for details of correct acknowledgements)

  • All funding must be acquitted within the calendar year.  Applicants will be ineligible to apply for addition funding until prior grants have been acquitted.

  • Awarding of grants may be limited by the total funding available.

  • All applications will be assessed and managed by a sub-committee of South West Arts.