NSW regional events get $20m boost with new fund

A new NSW Government funding program has opened to boost major events in regional areas.

The $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers successful applicants a minimum of $100,000 to help bring major sporting, lifestyle, food and beverage, music, art and cultural events to regional NSW that provide national and international exposure.

Event organisers can also apply for between $50,000 and $200,000 for activities that enhance events, including extra seating, temporary fencing, accessibility infrastructure, additional stages at festivals, pop-up camping sites or temporary car parks.

“We have proven our ability to stage major events that accommodate large crowds in a COVID safe environment and now is the right time to bring entertainment to the bush and provide much needed stimulus to local economies,” said Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

“This funding will deliver major events that will create valuable jobs, keeping money local, as well as giving people the chance to see their favourite teams or performers in their hometown.

“By helping organisers to host bigger and better events we are giving regional communities greater access to entertainment and the opportunity to attend events they would otherwise have to travel to metropolitan areas to experience.”

Applications for the Regional Events Acceleration Fund close on 17 December 2021, or when funding is fully committed.