Upcoming regional events could be eligible for a funding boost as part of Tourism Western Australia’s annual Regional Events Scheme.
Event holders have until mid-December to submit their application for the 2020-21 funding round, which supports smaller and emerging regional events across the state.
A total funding pool of $1 million is available, including a separate pool of $150,000 allocated to the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES).
The RAES is exclusively for events that deliver Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.
To be eligible for either scheme, events must be held between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021, with event holders able to make a funding submission for between $5,000 and $40,000.
Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 11 December 2019. For more information or to apply, click here.
WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said: “I encourage all eligible regional event holders to apply for the 2020-21 funding round for the opportunity to receive additional resources to contribute to creating a fantastic event for everyone to enjoy.
“Kulin Bush Races, Margaret River Ultra Marathon and Back to Pinjarra Commemoration were some of the events awarded funding for the first time in the 2019-20 funding round, and I hope to see more of these events apply as part of this latest round.
“I’m proud the state government supports developing regional events because they are important to communities.
“They draw in visitors, create a great atmosphere, boost the local economy and promote the attractions of the area through media coverage. It’s a real win-win for everyone.”
WA’s Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said: “Community events provide a fantastic opportunity to profile our regional communities and show what great places they are to live and work.
“The Regional Events Scheme brings communities together, supports jobs and celebrates the uniqueness of regional WA.”
Featured image: Karijini Experience (source: Tourism Western Australia)