Event holders from around the State are encouraged to apply for the 2021-2022 Regional Events Scheme funding round, which opens today.
Supported by the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA and the Regional Events Program, the initiative supports smaller and developing Western Australian events.
A total of $1 million of funding is available through the scheme, including funding of $150,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES). The RAES is for events that showcase Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.
As part of the 2020-21 funding round, 77 diverse regional events were awarded funding, including the 2020 Brew and the Moo in Dampier, Bunbury Fringe 2021 and Starry Weekend in Koorda.
To be eligible for either scheme, events must be held between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, with event holders able to make a funding submission for between $5,000 and $40,000.
Applications close at 5pm WST on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
For more information or to apply, visit https://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/events/event-sponsorship/pages/regional-events-scheme.aspx#/
As stated by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
“Regional tourism plays an essential part in supporting local jobs and the economy in communities around the State, and is playing an important role as WA maps its recovery from COVID-19.
“Not only do the events awarded funding through these schemes contribute to attracting visitors to our spectacular regions, they also provide promotion for the region through media coverage and create a vibrant local atmosphere for tourists to enjoy.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for event holders to apply for funding to support their event and take advantage of the huge numbers of Western Australians travelling the State at the moment.”
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“Regional events bring communities together, supporting jobs and celebrating regional Western Australia’s rich tapestry of talent and natural attractions.
“With so many Western Australians exploring the regions, events such as those under the Regional Events Scheme and Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme give communities the chance to showcase all they have to offer – and hopefully build a fan base that will live on after COVID restrictions end.”
Tourism Minister’s office – 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister’s office – 6552 6200