Grant funding for new events

It was smiles all round when the Peter Allen Festival organisers received a $20,000 incubator grant. Pictured are  MP Thomas George (centre) flanked by Paul Quinn, Kevin Santin, Matt Sing, Caitlin Reid and Josh Moylan along with Nationals pre-selected candidate Austin Curtin.
It was smiles all round when the Peter Allen Festival organisers received a $20,000 incubator grant. Pictured are MP Thomas George (centre) flanked by Paul Quinn, Kevin Santin, Matt Sing, Caitlin Reid and Josh Moylan along with Nationals pre-selected candidate Austin Curtin.

Got an idea for a new event? Up to $20,000 in grant funding is available for start-up events that boost the local economy.

Oracles of the Bush has received a grant in the past, and the Peter Allen Festival received one earlier this year.

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Member for Lismore Thomas George is calling for organisers of all new events planned to be held in his electorate from January to June next year to apply for the grants of up to $20,000 to help attract more visitors.

Mr George said the 2019 Incubator Event Fund offers annual grants to events in rural and regional NSW to assist in areas such as marketing, public relations, venue hire and attendee research.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the event owners in our region who need extra support to help their event get off the ground or help it grow into something bigger,” Mr George said.

“The funding grant will assist in attracting more overnight visitors to the electorate, in the hope they stay longer and spend more time exploring everything our region has to offer.

“Tenterfield’s inaugural Peter Allen Festival received funding through the Incubator Event Fund, helping that event attract more overnight visitors from the city and interstate helping stimulating the town’s economy.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said since announcing the expanded Regional Flagship Events Program in 2016 almost 60 events have been supported through the Incubator Event Fund.

“The government is determined to turbocharge our state’s tourism sector so that every part of NSW reaps the benefits of our record $43 million investment in regional tourism,” he said.

“We are committed to supporting more activity across our regions because when people visit, they stay in local accommodation, buy from local shops and eat at local restaurants and cafes, putting more tourist dollars in the pockets of local business people and creating more jobs.”

The 2019 Incubator Event Fund is available to organisers staging an event for the first or second time. Applications for Round One close on November 4. See www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep for details.

Round Two applications for events held between July and December 2019 will open in March next year.

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