There are a large number of grants and other funding opportunities available to artists and organisations in regional NSW. Regional Arts NSW has developed a grants calendar where you will find a summary of the main grants and funding opportunities available to artists and not-for-profit organisations who work in the arts and cultural sector. Every effort has been made to ensure these details are accurate but it is recommended that you contact the relevant funding organisation or visit its website to check for updated information. Other opportunities and resources are listed below.

How to apply for funding

To get you started, we have put together some Grant writing tips to assist not-for-profit community based organisations in preparing effective submissions for funding from these programs.  Outback Arts is happy to review any funding application. Call us on 02 6822 2484 or email to make a time to discuss.

Grants from Regional NSW:

Country Arts Support Program (CASP) 

CASP provides small grants to arts and community organisations and local arts councils in regional NSW for short term, locally initiated projects. 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;
> to leads to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in rural and regional New South Wales

Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

Grants supporting arts and cultural activities in regional NSW that are sustainable, have long term cultural, economic and social benefits, develop partnerships and cultural networks and provide skills development opportunities.
There is one round per year with closing date around August (TBA) for projects commencing in the following calendar year. Multiple year funding and grants of more than $20,000 per year are available but must be discussed with Regional Arts NSW prior to applying.

Quick Response Arts Grants (Quicks)

No closing date & funds allocated quarterly
Small grants up to $1,500 for individual artists and organisations in regional NSW to respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice.
Applications can be made at any time but funds are limited and projects must be discussed with Regional Arts NSW prior to applying

Logos for CASP funded projects

One of the conditions of funding for the Country Arts Support Program (CASP) is that the assistance of the CASP program MUST be acknowledged in all advertising and promotional material associated with your project. This means you must put the logos of Regional Arts NSW, Arts NSW and your Regional Arts Board (Outback Arts) and written acknowledgement of CASP, in a prominent position on any brochures, flyers, posters, press advertisements, invitations and programs associated with your project. Clear and detailed instructions of this condition will be provided to successful applicants.

Logos you will need:
CASP logos
Outback Arts logo (see below)

Projects auspiced or partnered by Outback Arts may also need to carry the Outback Arts logo or acknowledgement on marketing materials. Please contact us to discuss this.

Outback Arts logos

You can download any of the following by clicking on the image to open it in a new window, then right-clicking selecting ‘Save as’

  • suitable for use in Word documents, web pages or in emails


Please contact us if you require a TIF or EPS version of these files.

Note: The Outback Arts logo may only be used as black and white or in the exact colours provided. The logo must not be stretched or distorted in any way. Please leave a clear space of at least 2mm on each side between the logo and any other items on the page. The logo is not to be reduced to any more than 30mm wide.

If you have any queries about accessing and using these logos, please contact us on 02 6822 2484 or

Industry bodies:

Arts Law – Arts Law is Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters. Click here to find out more.

ArtsHub – ArtsHub is Australia’s leading portal for professionals working within the arts, where a community of approximately 80,000 registered users; 13,000 premium members; and hundreds of dedicated contributors read, write and share their knowledge and passion for the industry. Click here.

Artists in the Black (AITB) – AITB is a legal service for Indigenous artists, communities and arts organisations. It is operated by the Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law), the national community legal centre for the arts. See website for more details.

The Indigenous Art Code – The Code aims to ensure fair trade with Indigenous artists by establishing a set of standards for commercial dealing with Indigenous visual artists, providing a benchmark for ethical behaviour; and building greater certainty for consumers that the artworks they buy come through ethical processes. Click here to find out more.

Accessible Arts – Accessible Arts is the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales. Their mission is to provide leadership in arts and disability through information, advocacy and the facilitation of excellence in arts practice. Click here to visit their website.

Australia Council for the Arts – A complete resource for funding for a range of arts and cultural activities with specialised categories for ease of access. For further information click here.

ArtsNSW -A wide range of grants including quick response funding for activities that arise at short notice. For further information click here.

The Australia Council for the Arts Programs include; Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Partnerships, Dance, Literature, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts. Click here for more.

Museums and Galleries NSW – M&G NSW provides grants to museums and galleries and fellowship opportunities to individuals working in the museum and gallery sector. For more info click here

Indigenous Business Australia – Economic independence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is at the heart of IBA’s vision and programs. Their programs assist Indigenous Australians to buy their own homes, own their own businesses and invest in commercial ventures that provide strong financial returns. Find out more here.

Handy links:

Artsure | Insurance for Artists

With growing demand from festival and event organisers as well as funding bodies for artists to have Public and Product liability insurance Outback Arts’ insurance broker Finsura has established Artsure Art Industry Insurance developed specifically for individual artists and Art related enterprises

Publications | Australia Council

Australia Council undertakes research, analysis and evaluation that places them at the forefront of knowledge about the arts. They commission robust research, analyse data from a range of sources, and conduct evaluation work that informs their strategic planning, monitoring and advocacy work.

Reports | Regional Arts Australia

Regional Arts Australia regularly produces reports both as a result of national consultations and other research and for governance purposes.

Code of Practice | NAVA

The Code of Practice for the Professional Australian Visual Arts, Craft and Design Sector is the national best practice standard for the sector. The Code is an essential professional tool for the negotiation of contracts, agreements and entry conditions, and for the explanation of the business protocols and procedures of the visual arts, craft and design sector.

2015 Arts and Cultural Development Program | Arts NSW

Introduced in 2014, the Arts and Cultural Development Program represents a renewal and re-thinking of the NSW Government’s support for arts and culture. Through this program, we will fund projects and programs that are capable of creating the greatest impact and value.