Event organisers from various sporting clubs, not-for-profit organisations, and other community groups will have a chance to gain financial support from Dubbo Regional Council. Stream two applications for event funding through Dubbo Regional Council are now open, with Council offering two channels of event funding to support events that contribute to the economic activity of the Local Government Area:

  • The Event Development Fund (EDF) provides financial assistance of $3,001 or more to not-for-profit events held in the Dubbo Region LGA between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. The intent of this funding is to help new events to grow and become more sustainable.

  • The Major Event Sponsorship Program (MESP) is open to events held in the Dubbo Region LGA that have the potential to deliver economic benefits to the community. Applications are open to major events seeking assistance of $3,001 or more.

There are various requirements and criteria that applicants must fulfil; however, the Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields, says the funding can be a great boost for local events.

“The funding channels have two distinct aims: the Event Development Fund aims to support locally-grown events during their period of growth, while the Major Event Sponsor Program aims to attract and retain events that return, or have potential to return significant economic benefits to the LGA,” Clr Shields said.

One of the groups which has benefitted from the MESP is the Dubbo Cycle Club for the Junior State Titles, which welcomes young cyclists from all over the state. The president of the club Matthew Gilbert, says hosting the event has put Dubbo on the world stage.

“The sponsorship enabled the Club to not only out on a great event, but it allowed us to elevate the cultural significance of cycling in Dubbo and at the same time, attract visitors from across NSW and beyond. The event also gave those with a historical link to the club a great opportunity to celebrate Dubbo as the powerhouse of cycling,” Mr Gilbert said.

Meanwhile, Wellington Arts has received the EDF funding, for some popular events. President of Wellington Arts Lisa Thomas says the EDF is critical for organisations like Wellington Arts to create avenues for local artists.

“It also provides us opportunities to successfully deliver cultural and social events such as the highly acclaimed Fong Lees Lane, the recent Arts and Sculpture Festival, and Music In Between,” said Ms Thomas.

Applications for both funds close 31 October, and forms can be found via the council website

Last Edited: 13 Sep 2019

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