STA CASP  (Country Arts Support Program)
The much loved small grant program for community arts in Regional NSW. CASP is everyone’s favourite annual small grants program that’s been funding arts activities in our communities for decades.

CASP funding for 2024 projects is OPEN!

Odds are you have enjoyed, been part of or benefited from a CASP funded project in local home community. To help you get inspired we’ve create the CASP SPOTLIGHT to show how our region ❤️CASP and CASP❤️ our community. 

CASP is grants of up to $3,000, open for independent professional practising artists across all art forms, community groups, arts organisations and not for profits.

CASP 2024 will fund projects to be completed by 31 December 2024. This funding aims to be as flexible as possible. CASP supports a creative, vibrant and resilient NSW arts and cultural sector that engages with diverse audiences and communities.

The information on this page is the full guidelines on how to apply for funds from the STA CASP program. We recommend reading the full guidelines before completing your application.

Key Dates:

  • 01 Nov – Applications open for 2024 projects
  • 22 January – Applications close
  • 24 Jan- 13 Feb – Review, assessment and processing of applications and notifications to submissions.
  • 14 Feb –  ❤️CASP DAY announcements of funded projects for 2024.
  • Projects to be completed by 31 December 2024

Our CASP Spotlight features past success stories to get you inspired. 

CASP Online Information Session!

Join Southern Tablelands Arts staff as we go through everything you need to know for get a CASP submission together in 2024 and showcase some CASP success stories from prior rounds. It’s a lunchtime hour of CASP power.

When: 11 Dec, 12:30pm to 1:30pm REGISTER HERE!

CASP is supported by Create NSW and their 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 is only available for projects within the territories of the 14 Regional Arts  Organisations that form the Regional Arts Network across NSW. If you don’t live in the STA region find your local RADO here.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must;

  • Be a member of Southern Tablelands Arts (membership is free thanks to Create NSW and our contributing Local Councils)
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN). If you need to get an ABN you can apply here at the Australian Business Register.
  • For applicants who are registered for GST please note that the total project funding is GST inclusive
  • Be based within the Southern Tablelands Arts contributing council areas of Goulburn Mulwaree, Hilltops, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Upper Lachlan and Yass Valley
  • Be an individual, or arts-based organisation
  • Apply for an arts related project
  • Complete projects within 2023


Eligible Activities

We are aiming to be as flexible as possible and will consider a wide range of requests, providing it will have a positive impact on your arts practice and/or the community, such as; 

  • Cultural projects delivered in our communities
  • Socially engaged arts projects
  • Workshop delivery
  • Display and exhibitions
  • Performances
  • Amazing arts programs
  • Community engaged projects
  • Participatory arts experiences

This funding will not support

  • Competitions, Awards, Prizes, Judging
  • Fundraising events
  • General operating expenses or ongoing costs of long-term continuous projects
  • Projects that have commenced or are completed
  • Activities which could be considered part of the curriculum for schools or tertiary institutions
  • Overseas travel
  • Non-arts related activities

Time Frame

 Applications open on Tuesday 01 November 2023. Applications close midnight 22 January 2024.  Successful recipients will be notified in February in time for the ❤️CASP DAY announcements on 14 February.

Successful applicants need to return signed funding agreements with an invoice to Southern Tablelands Arts for the amount granted. Projects can begin following completion of agreement.  You will be sent a brief acquittal after your project is completed. 

How to Apply

The online application form is through SmartyGrants and will ask the following:

  • About your organisation
  • About Your Project
  • Your project Budget
  • About Artists or Groups involved


Possible through the Create NSW devolved funding program. We ❤️CREATE NSW as well.


[email protected]
0405 339 838  
Or by appointment at one of our
Mobile Office locations

PO Box 1323 Goulburn 2580
ABN 67 208 214 681


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