Regional events held between July and December 2019 can now apply for NSW Government funding, aimed at driving more overnight visitors to rural and regional towns across the State.

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke MP said applications are now open for Round Two of both the 2019 Incubator Event Fund and the 2019 Flagship Event Fund, with more than $500,000 up for grabs.

“These two funds are a great platform for the owners of new and emerging events in our region interested in extra support to help get their event off the ground or grow into something bigger,” Ms Cooke said.

“The funding grants will assist in attracting more overnight visitors to our wonderful region, in the hope they stay longer and spend more time exploring everything we have to offer, putting more tourist dollars into the pockets of our local businesspeople.

“The Warbirds Down Under in Temora is a great example of a successful event which received NSW Government support via the 2018 Flagship Event Fund, helping to attract more overnight visitors and as a result, stimulating our economy.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the two funds are part of the Regional Flagship Events Program, an important NSW Government strategy designed to support more grassroots events and kick start local economies.

“Since 2011, the Program has provided more than $6.2 million to 180 events throughout rural and regional NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

The Flagship Event Fund offers an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 to support marketing activities.

The Incubator Event Fund offers grants of up to $20,000 to new events to assist with elements such as temporary infrastructure, marketing and promotions, venue hire or attendee research.

Applications to Round Two of both funds close on Sunday, 13 January.

For more information and to lodge an application, got to www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep