The State and Federal Governments have come to the aid of a region south of Toowoomba with a $380,000 recovery fund dedicated to local events and their organisers.

The Local Events Funding Program is a component of the 2019 Queensland Bushfires Community Recovery Package under Category C of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Southern Downs Regional Councillor Marco Gliori said it had been a challenging few years for the community who had been hit hard by the combined impacts of drought, bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the funding would go a long way in boosting the economy and assisting event organisers devastated by the series of disasters.

“Creating a strong events calendar will assist greatly with the economic recovery of the region and the funding is a positive boost,” Mr Gliori said.

“We anticipate interest from organisers who host existing events as well as potentially attracting new signature events to the region.”

The LEFP will assist and support event organisers by providing a funding source to help develop and deliver successful and sustainable events that make a positive contribution to the local economy in the region.

The purpose of the program is to develop high quality, innovative products, events and experiences and generate local and visitor economic activity in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions.

The $380, 000 funding is open to any cultural, creative and sporting organisations, for profit organisations and businesses as well as not-for-profit organisations that can deliver events, projects or activities.

Eligible organisations can apply online with applications closing at midnight on Sunday 6 December 2020.

Please visit the Council website to view the program criteria, guidelines and application process at https://www.sdrc.qld.gov.au/doing-business/grants-to-community-radf/local-events-funding-program.

Originally published as Iconic events saved thanks to $380k bout of funding


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