A number of funding opportunities exist for regional events and festivals at the moment in an attempt to encourage people back into fire-affected communities.
Below is an overview -
Festivals Australia (National) provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a new community resource.
The Australian Government provides approximately $1.2 million each financial year for the Festivals Australia program. There is no limit to the amount of funding that may be sought, however, the average funding request is around $40,000.
The Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery (RTBR) grants program is a $10 million program which has been drawn from the Bushfire Recovery Fund. The program is part of the Government’s $76 million tourism recovery package to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions.
Regional Events Fund (Victoria) supports events that attract visitors from outside the region, create job opportunities and contribute to the local visitor economy. To be considered for support event organisers need to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) that details the economic, strategic, marketing and community impacts of their proposed event.
Regional Events Program (NSW) - The NSW Government announced a $1 million regional events program to support flagship events and a new stream of micro-events (more information coming soon).