Successful events include fabAlice, Darwin Fringe Festival, the Deadly Cup Rugby League Carnival, Galiwin’ku Community Festival and Stone Country Festival 2023, which is receiving its first year of support.
The support is delivered through the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC), which also runs some of the NT’s biggest public events.
Independent research has shown the significant benefits of public events supported by NTMEC, with 22 events supported in financial year 2021-2022 yielding a $30.6 million economic impact for the territory.
“The Event Funding Program is an important way of not only supporting the creation of new grassroots events, but also helping established events grow and develop,” said the NT’s minister for major events, Paul Kirby.
“Our events are vital to our economy. They encourage Territorians to get out and about and spend money with local businesses, and they play an important role in attracting visitors to the NT, which boosts our visitor economy.”
CEO of NTMEC Suzana Bishop says events also bring major social benefits.
“They contribute to the liveability of a place, provide a valuable space for members of a community to socialise and connect, and deliver countless opportunities through employment and upskilling,” she said.
Funding for business events held in the Northern Territory is also available through Northern Territory Business Events, which offers organiser applicants a minimum of $100 per delegate to bring events to the territory, and up to $200 for events held between November and February.