Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Regional Events Acceleration Fund

Canowindra Balloon Challenge

CLOSES 17 DEC 2021, OR WHEN FUNDS EXHAUSTED.  NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas and supports existing regional events to grow even bigger and better.

Regional NSW is blessed with a host of world-class events attracting tens of thousands of metropolitan, interstate and international visitors to regional communities each year.

Visitors not only spend money at the events themselves, but at local cafes and restaurants, service stations, bars, tourist attractions and accommodation; helping to boost our regional economies and create jobs in regional areas.

The cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 has impacted local event venues, workers and communities who rely on the influx of visitors and tourist dollars.

To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:

  • attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
  • make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay.

The types of events eligible for funding include:

  • major sporting and lifestyle events
  • major food and beverage events
  • major music, art and culture festivals.

The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022.

The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants and Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants.

Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure

Grants between $50,000 and $200,000 are available to support temporary event infrastructure and operational improvements at existing regional events to help increase visitation.

Examples of the types of event infrastructure and operational improvements that are eligible for funding include:

  • securing a major artist/performance to increase an event’s appeal
  • additional temporary seating areas to increase capacity
  • additional staging for a music festival
  • establishing a pop-up camping and caravan site to support more overnight stays.
Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement

Grants for a minimum of $100,000 for the attraction, delivery and retention of major international and domestic events to regional areas across regional NSW, with a focus on major sporting events providing national or international exposure.

Program information

Detailed information about eligibility, funding categories, how to apply for funding can be found in the Guidelines below:

Regional Events Acceleration Fund Program Guidelines (PDF, 1.86 MB)

The Department of Regional NSW has (or will) publish a range of resources and tools on this webpage, including a recorded webinar, application datasheet and landowner consent form, to support potential applicants with their submissions.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund Webinar

To assist eligible organisations seeking funding through the Regional Events Acceleration Fund, the department will host an online information session on Wednesday, 3 March 2021 to provide a high-level overview of the program, guidance on the eligibility requirements and the application process and to answer questions from potential applicants.

Register for Regional Events Acceleration Fund online information session

Watch this Regional Events Acceleration Fund instructional webinar to find out how to complete the Application Datasheet.

Make an Application

Eligible organisations can complete and submit applications using the online portal found at

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their local council and their regional representative from Destination NSW’s Destination Network prior to applying.

Contact your regional Destination Network

Applications will close at 5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 17 December 2021, or when funding is fully committed.

Key dates

Applications open: Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Applications close:  5pm (AEDT) on Friday, 17 December 2021, or when funding is fully committed

Assessment and approval process: approximately six weeks from submission


Image: Canowindra Balloon Challenge, image via NSW Government.