Regional events funding applications open

11 February 2015

Applications are now open for State Government grants to provide valuable financial and marketing support for events and festivals in regional South Australia.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said regional South Australia already plays host to some fantastic events and festivals integral in showcasing the state’s tourism offering.

“From premium food and wine events – such as the Barossa Vintage Festival or Kangaroo Island Feastival – to large scale participation events like the Bay to Birdwood, or iconic community affairs like the Tunarama Festival and Murray Man Triathlon, these events are designed to bring people to our beautiful regions,” Mr Bignell said.

“Regional events and festivals are major drawcards for tourism and have huge economic benefits to the community. Support provided through the Regional Events and Festivals Program and the Community Events Development Fund are vital for the regions.”

Grant funding enabled an increased Victorian media presence to promote the 2014-15 Renmark Rose Festival, including Ballarat and Bendigo.

“The Renmark Rose Festival generated an estimated $2.6m in direct tourism expenditure for the Riverland region in 2014. In fact, 15% of visitors to this years' festival were from Victoria, double the number in 2012,” Mr Bignell said.

 To simplify the process for smaller events which are often run by volunteers and have limited resources, the Government has introduced two different application forms - one for Regional Events and one for Community Events Development.

The Government is also looking to enter into more multiple year agreements to ensure long term planning and longevity for events run with limited local resources.

“Multi-year funding means event organisers can do some forward planning knowing they can rely on funds for up to three years.

“Our focus is on ensuring the state has a balanced, year-round calendar of events which will provide consistent benefits to our tourism industry, the community and the economy.”

The Community Events Development Fund provides events and festivals with a maximum of $5000.

 There is no maximum amount for funding through the Regional Events and Festivals Program.
Applications close on Thursday 26 March 2015.

Criteria and application forms for both programs can be accessed at:
http://tourism.sa.gov.au/events/event-funding.aspx

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