The NSW Government’s $200 million State Significant Event Fund has been refocused to turbocharge the recovery of the events industry, with Expressions of Interest (EOI) now open for events that can be delivered in 2022.
Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, and Minister for Trade and Industry Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government is calling for event organisers and promoters to put forward events that will help boost the State’s economy.
“We want industry to come forward with ideas to drive activity right across our metro and regional communities as soon as possible,” Mr Ayres said.
“We’re changing our focus in the short-term with this funding to support new and local events and to get industry back on its feet and recover.”
Mr Ayres said events stimulate the visitor economy, create jobs, support businesses, and contribute to the cultural and social fabric of the state.
“Local events from Byron to Bathurst and Parramatta to Port Macquarie, will play a key role in the recovery of the visitor economy,” Mr Ayres said.
“We want to drive tourists to NSW and give our local industries and businesses a huge boost as a result.
“NSW is home to Australia’s only truly global city alongside countless unique regional experiences, and we should be the only destination event owners are considering.”
Events including sporting, entertainment, and cultural will be considered under the fund, and proposals should fit into a world-class, distinctive and compelling event calendar that considers off-peak event and travel periods.
Following the first two years focusing on event recovery, the Fund will return to its original purpose of attracting State Significant Events to NSW.
Events proposed to be held before 30 June 2022 are encouraged to submit their EOI submission by Monday 20 December 2021.
A second round of EOIs for events to be held in the 2022/23 financial year will open in February 2022.
For further information on the fund, including eligibility and criteria, visit: https://www.destinationnsw.com.au/events/investment