Regional Events Acceleration Fund

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $40 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund is helping organisations to attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas and supports existing regional events to grow even bigger and better.

Canowindra Balloon Challenge, Canowindra.

 

Regional NSW is blessed with a host of world-class events attracting tens of thousands of metropolitan, interstate and international visitors to regional communities each year. 

Visitors not only spend money at the events themselves, but at local cafes and restaurants, service stations, bars, tourist attractions and accommodation; helping to boost our regional economies and create jobs in regional areas.

The cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 has impacted local event venues, workers and communities who rely on the influx of visitors and tourist dollars.

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:

  • attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
  • make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Events funded through Round One will be hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022. Events that were successful in receiving funding for an event to be held during this period, but were forced to cancel due to COVID are eligible to host their event up until 30 June 2023.

Applications for Round One are now closed.

Applications opened: Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Applications closed: 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 17 December 2021.

Successful Round One projects can be viewed at the Regional Growth Fund page with more projects to be announced soon.

Program information

The following resources and tools were made available to support potential applicants with their submissions.

Success stories

Beach at Tweed where Tweed Coast Pro was held
A grant through the Regional Events Acceleration Fund supported this qualifying event for the World Surf League series on the Tweed Coast.
Super womens rugby game
Super W is the premier women's rugby competition in Australia. The Regional Events Acceleration Fund supported this event held in Coffs Harbour.

Getting support

The Department of Regional NSW can provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants and identify future opportunities where appropriate. To book a feedback session, please contact the Tourism Programs team at tourism.programs@regional.nsw.gov.au 

New funding for 2022

New funding for Round 2 of the Regional Events Acceleration Fund will be available in 2022. Subscribe to receive updates from the Department of Regional NSW at the link below.

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