Published on Sep 24, 2018

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Does your organisation or business hold an annual event in the Cessnock local government area? Have you held it annually for at least the last two years?

If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions read on…

The NSW government, via the statutory authority Destination NSW, offers grant funding to help support the growth of the State’s tourism and events sector in regional NSW with the Regional Flagship Events Program.

The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as cornerstone, or flagship, tourism events for their area.

What are the grants for?

The grants are specifically designed to support the marketing of an event; to increase visibility and attract visitors from outside the local area.

The main emphasis is to attract overnight visitors which will in turn deliver long-term benefits to the region.

The Flagship Event Fund offers two grants:

  • Annual grants of $20,000 (excl. GST).
  • Triennial grants of $27,500 (excl. GST) plus an additional $2,500 (ex.GST)
    value-in-kind research services per year for three years.


The funding timeframes

From 2019 grants in the Flagship Event Fund will be allocated in two rounds:

■ Round One – for events in January to June 2019 (open now – closing Oct 8 2018).

■ Round Two – for events in July to December 2019 (opens in Feb 2019).

To apply, applicants must complete the online application form.


To be competitive you need to be able to show how you will attract visitors to the area for your event and importantly how you will evaluate visitor numbers.

For information on Destination management plans, regional tourism strategies, local tourism stakeholders and assistance with your funding application please contact:

Michael Forster (Destination NSW Sydney Surrounds North)
0466 093 709


For terms and conditions.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 8th October 2018. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Round two will open in February 2019.