Regional Event Fund opens second round for events in SA

Applications for the Regional Event Fund (REF) have opened with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall saying the $1 million funding boost will strengthen the state’s events calendar during the Covid recovery phase.

The 2021-22 funding rounds supported 55 events in South Australia new events from Jazz in the Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula to the Copper & Stone Music Festival in the Clare Valley, more than doubling the state’s events and festivals calendar compared to the previous year.

“The new funding will further grow our regional event calendar, helping to attract local, interstate and international visitors who will spend their hard-earned money in our state,” said Marshall.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what new and exciting events and festivals are uncovered this year.”

The 2022-23 Regional Event Fund has four categories – Significant Event Funding (from $50,000) for new large-scale signature events; Established Event Funding ($20,000 to $50,000) for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth and a strategy for event innovation; Development Funding ($10,000 to $20,000) for events that demonstrate potential for growth and development; and Emerging Event Funding ($5,000 to $10,000) for events that are one to three years young, with a focus on smaller community events.

The 2022-23 Regional Event Fund will support events held between 1 September 2022 and 30 August 2023.

Applications for Round One will close on April 22. Round Two will open in August 2022.