Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today called for applications for the 2013-14 Regional Events and Festivals Program.
The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) funding program provides financial and marketing support to events and festivals that help lift a region’s profile interstate through its events arm, Events South Australia.
Mr Bignell said the Regional Events and Festivals Program was recognition of the importance of events in drawing visitors to a region.
“South Australia is known for its vibrant events calendar and this grant program demonstrates the SATC’s desire to keep its offering of events and festivals fresh and diverse,” Mr Bignell said.
Within the Regional Events and Festivals Program also sits the Community Events Development Fund, which is aimed at growing smaller, more community-based events.
“Under this fund, events are able to apply for grants of up to $5,000.
“There is no cap for events seeking funding under the Regional Events and Festivals Program.
“Events South Australia has been working with regions to help identify key events that will strengthen the regions’ tourism appeal and this is backed up with the funding program.”
Last year’s Regional Events and Festivals Program supported 26 events, with a total of $363,000 awarded across the state.
“This includes a new event, the Flinders Ranges Outback Epic mountain bike race, which starts and finishes at Wilpena in April this year,” Mr Bignell said.
“The upcoming South Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Goolwa is another great example of a regional event that has been successful in securing funding.
“The annual Wooden Boat Festival will take place on 23-24 February and is a showcase of more than 200 wooden boats, featuring an exciting program that incorporates local food, wine and music.”
Multiple long-term running events were also supported including:
The Clare Valley Gourmet Festival
Port Lincoln Tunarama
South Australian Living Artists
Sounds by the River in Mannum.
As well as financial support, Events SA works with regional event managers by providing inkind support including workshops with expert presenters, the development of an online event evaluation tool and free access to event industry standard documents.
For more information on how to apply, visit the Funding and Assistance page. Applications close 28 March.