- Applications open for 2023-24 Regional Events Scheme
- Total funding of up to $1.1 million available for smaller and developing regional events across WA
- Includes $250,000 for events supported through the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme
- Supported by the McGowan Government through Tourism WA
Regional event holders are encouraged to apply for funding available through the 2023-24 Regional Events Scheme, which opens today.
Event holders can apply for funding between $5,000 and $40,000 for events to be held between 1 July, 2023 and 30 June, 2024.
The annual funding round supports smaller and developing events in regional Western Australia, with a total pool of up to $1.1 million of funding available.
The funding includes $250,000 for the Regional Aboriginal Events Scheme (RAES) - an increase of $100,000 on the previous funding round - to support events that showcase and celebrate Aboriginal activities and experiences through the leadership and participation of Aboriginal people.
Sixty-eight regional events around the State were awarded funding under the 2022-23 RES, including seven through the RAES, such as the A Taste of Broome Festival and the Karijini Experience.
The scheme is supported by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.
Applications close at 5pm, Tuesday 18 October, 2022. For more information or to apply, visit http://www.tourism.wa.gov.au/res.
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Roger Cook:
"Our regional events play such an important role in showcasing the unique places that make our State a popular holiday destination for visitors, particularly as we reconnect with the world and draw back international visitors.
"I encourage all eligible regional event holders to apply for the Regional Events Scheme to help their event become even bigger and better, and appeal to an even more diverse audience.
"These events help create a vibrant atmosphere, give people a time-specific reason to visit, and help to generate media coverage in our regions, which is all great news for local businesses."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"It is great to see events happening all around the State which not only bring communities together but also attract visitors from near and far, supporting regional economies and jobs.
"The Regional Events Scheme provides a significant boost to regional event holders, supporting them to pursue their program of activities with confidence.
"Events are an essential part of the fabric of Western Australia's regions, celebrating our communities' diversity and talents, while providing opportunities for connection and support - essential to help maintain strong, robust communities."
Minister's office - 6552 6500