The Regional Event Fund identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism events for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long-term benefits to the region.
Since it was established in 1996, the Regional Event Fund has supported more than 440 individual events across regional NSW.
The Regional Event Fund has three streams:
Event Development Stream
The Event Development stream supports the growth of existing events that demonstrate a clear strategic rationale for the continued development of its tourism potential.
Grants of up to $50,000 (ex GST) are available to eligible events that have previously received triennial funding through the Flagship Event stream to support initiatives that have a direct impact on increasing overnight visitation from outside the events Local Government Area.
See Terms and Conditions below for full details. Applicants should read the terms and conditions prior to applying to ensure they meet the criteria.
Applications for the 2023/24 Event Development stream opened on Thursday, 2 March 2023 and will remain open on an ongoing basis or until such time as the Fund is exhausted.
Incubator Event Stream
The Incubator Event stream offers seed funding to eligible events in regional NSW to support their first or second year of activity. Applications for the 2023/24 Incubator Event stream have now closed.
Flagship Event Stream
The Flagship Event stream supports marketing activities for existing events in regional NSW that have been running for more than two years to increase their profile and encourage visitation. Annual grants of $20,000 (ex GST) or triennial grants of $30,000 (ex GST) per year for three years are available for eligible events to support marketing activities that encourage overnight visitation from outside the events Local Government Area. Applications for the 2023/24 Flagship Event stream have now closed.