Organisers of new and emerging rural and regional events held between July and December this year are being urged to apply for the NSW Government’s 2017 Incubator Event Fund, with round two applications now open.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the Fund assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.
“The Incubator Event Fund will help extend our calendar of events and attract more visitors from outside our region, which is a huge boost for our local overnight visitor economy,” Mr Constance said.
“In round one, the B2B paddle challenge to be held in Batemans Bay and The Sounds of Tango and Flamenco to be held at Four Winds were successful in gaining $20,000 towards their events.
“We look forward to welcoming more visitors to the Far South Coast as a result of this wonderful NSW Government initiative, helping to further position our region as a must-see NSW destination,” Mr Constance said.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the Incubator Event Fund offers one-off grants of up to $20,000 to event organisers who are staging an event for the first or second time.
“The beauty of rural and regional events is that they are a wonderful celebration of community culture, often run by locals and showcasing local producers, artists, craftspeople, sportspeople and musicians,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Incubator Event Fund provides seed funding to innovative new events to help them through their initial establishment phase and assists with elements such as event staging costs, marketing, publicity and research.
“This fund is part of our expanded Regional Flagship Events Program, which is focused on getting more events into rural and regional NSW, and increasing overnight visitation and expenditure.”
The 2017 Incubator Event Fund is managed and administered through the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.
Applications for round two of the 2017 Incubator Event Fund are open until Sunday 2 April 2017.
To lodge an application and to view the 2017 Incubator Event Fund’s key criteria visit www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep. Media Release