More events funding for NT, Melbourne

Event organisers can now apply for funding for events held in the Northern Territory and across Melbourne's suburbs.

More funding is on the way for events held in the Northern Territory and across Melbourne’s suburbs.

The Territory Labor Government says it is committed to growing events in the NT to provide experiences for locals and attract more visitors to the region, and is encouraging event organisers to apply for its Events Funding Program (EFP).

Delivered through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC), applications for the second round of 2022-23 EFP will open on February 6 and event organisers can apply for up to $100,000 for event development, $50,000 for mass participation events staged between October and March, $30,000 for mass participation events between April and September, and community events, and $15,000 for strategic funding.

Independent research showed 22 events supported by NTMEC in 2021-22 delivered a gross expenditure stimulus of $39.8 million and more than 110,000 visitor nights.

Meanwhile, the Andrews Labor Government is also backing more events across Melbourne’s suburbs, with a $3 million grant program to attract more visitors to local events, support more jobs and boost local businesses.

This program will support a diverse range of small and medium sized events taking place across the city and back local communities by attracting more visitors to Melbourne’s suburbs.

Applications for the Small and Medium Events Program are now open until 28 February 2023, with grants available from $5,000 to $25,000 for organisers of small events (1,000 – 4,999 attendees) and from $25,000 to $50,000 to support the staging of medium events (5,000 – 10,000 attendees).

To be eligible, the event must be outside Melbourne City Council in a Local Government Area in Greater Melbourne and be held between 1 June 2023 and 31 December 2023.

In 2019, Victoria’s calendar of major events delivered $2.5 billion in economic value for the state.

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