April 11, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

There is now $45 million of regional events funding currently up for grabs in New South Wales after the state government opened applications for its Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program late last week.

The $25 million program offers funding for regional councils to stage events to bring communities back together.

“People have been disconnected from family and friends but now they’re getting out and about again, and we want to see communities thriving and businesses buzzing with more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions,” said Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole

“This funding will help regional councils stage shows, festivals, picnics and recovery events that will reinvigorate communities, while also supporting local job creation and injecting cash into local economies.”

The program, for which applications close on June 24, will fund events within the next 12 months and is part of the $200 million Regional Recovery Package announced last October. Within the package, $50 million was allocated to fund regional events, including $5 million to support country shows and $20 million for the second round of applications for the Regional Events Acceleration Fund, which is also currently open for applications to fund major events in the regions.

“Helping organisers host world-class events in their own backyard showcases our great regional towns to national and international audiences,” said Toole of the Acceleration Fund when it was declared open for applications in March.

This funding program aims to help develop new sporting, lifestyle, food, music, art and cultural events in regional parts of the state, enhance existing major events or improve accessibility and inclusion at events. For new events, grants start at $100,000 per event.

Applications for the Regional Events Acceleration Fund close on October 4, 2022, with events to take place by the end of next financial year.

On the business events front, the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is open for applications by regional bureaux, event organisers and others until June 1, 2022. The fund is offering up to $30,000 per event.

In Sydney, BESydney has also just opened applications for event subvention of up to $60,000 per event held in Greater Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle. Applications for the Accelerate Sydney Business Events Fund close on April 29, 2022 for events next financial year.