Funding to help attract more visitors to our regions

18 February 2016

Minister Leon Bignell
Minister for Tourism

The State Government is offering financial support to event organisers to help them attract more interstate and international visitors.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said there were two grants programs available – from the Regional Events and Festivals Program and the Community Events Development Fund.

“Festivals and celebrations are a huge drawcard and they attract intrastate, interstate and international visitors,” Mr Bignell said.

“South Australia was recently named the Best Events State in the nation and we want to ensure we continue to build on this, while boosting the visitor economy and creating more jobs.

“We know sometimes organisers are restrained by resources or time, so this support helps ease pressure through multi-year agreements.

“This year 27 events received more than $300,000 through these programs and during the next three years there will be more than $1 million available.”

Mr Bignell said the grant program was not just for existing events but for organisers who were looking to start something new.

“A grant from last year helped the Kangaroo Island Marathon get off to a running start, with more than 83% of participants travelling to the region specifically to take part.

“It generated $36,000 for the visitor economy which is a great result for a first-time event.”

Race director Nathan Godfrey said the funding, secured for three years, was a huge boost.

“The grant means we can fast track our business plan, access the SATC’s global networks and push our message through its communication channels,” he said.

Applications for the Regional Events and Festivals Program and Community Events Development Fund close on 24 March and will support events held after September 2016.

Successful applicants will be advised in July. There is only one intake of applications per year.

The Community Events Development Fund provides a maximum of $5,000. There is no maximum amount for funding requested through the Regional Events and Festivals Program.

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