New event funding opportunity

February 21, 2018

Organisers of new and second year events, being held between July and December this year, are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund, which supports events held in rural and regional NSW.

Member for Northern Tablelands and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall announced that applications are open and said the fund offered a one-off grant of up to $20,000 for new and existing festivals and community events. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the event and festival organisers in our region who need extra support to help their event get off the ground or help it grow into something bigger,” Mr Marshall said.

“Whether it’s for marketing, public relations, venue hire or visitor research, this $20,000 grant will assist in attracting more tourists to our region in the hope they stay longer and spend more time exploring our wonderful communities. I encourage those eligible to apply soon so they don’t miss out on this wonderful initiative and opportunity.”

Mr Marshall said the Incubator Event Fund was part the NSW Government’s record $43 million investment aimed at increasing overnight visitation and expenditure across rural and regional NSW. “As a country-based Minister I am determined to ensure that we continue to empower and support event proponents, tour operators, hoteliers and visitor attractions, and that means investing in activities which help to turbocharge local economies and create more jobs,” he said.

“The more events we support across our regions, the more heads on hotels beds, diners in restaurants and shoppers in boutiques.”

Applications for round two of the 2018 Incubator Event Fund are now open and close on Sunday, 18 March 2018. For further information and to apply, please visit www.destinationnsw.