Latest round of NT event fund grants includes two new categories

Festival Park at last year's Darwin Festival.

Two new categories have been added to the latest round of the Northern Territory’s Event Funding Grants to attract large scale and broadcast events to the Top End.

The two new grant categories – Mass Participation Event and Major Event – are set to build on this year’s event season momentum.

The Mass Participation Event category provides funding up to $40,000 for events held between October and March, and up to $30,000 for events between April and September, and requires events to attract 300 or more visitors who stay in paid accommodation for at least three nights.

Meanwhile, the Major Event grant category will support events that offer the Territory an exclusive or unique position, deliver significant visitor economy impacts and reach large audiences through broadcast opportunities. Funding through this category will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

This year will also see a return of the Event Development and Community Event grant categories.

The Event Development category provides funding up to $100,000 to support events that engage new audiences, attract interstate visitation and take steps to connect audiences to tourism products and local businesses.

The Community Event grant category will provide funding of up to $30,000 to support events that make the Territory a better place to live, celebrate our culture and identity, and help create an exciting events calendar.

“The last Event Funding round attracted some incredible new ideas, and helped several established events develop in new ways,” said Minister for Major Events Natasha Fyles.

“This year’s new Mass Participation Event category is a great new addition to the Event Funding program.”

Applications will close on 9 August this year.