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The aim of the $25 million Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program is to promote economic and social recovery across all 93 regional NSW Local Government Areas (LGAs), Lord Howe Island and the Unincorporated Far West. The program will assist communities and businesses to recover from the impacts of COVID 19 restrictions and border closures and cumulative natural disasters.
The program will:
This will be achieved by supporting regional NSW councils, the Lord Howe Island Board and the Regional Development Australia Far West to deliver community events and festivals that are open for the entire community to attend, providing immediate, positive economic and social outcomes for regional communities.
The Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Fund is administered by the Department of Regional NSW.
Applications for Reconnecting Regional NSW - Community Events Program close at 5pm AEST on Friday 8 July 2022.
Extensions are at the sole discretion of the Department of Regional NSW.
For a toolkit and practical information on hosting public outdoor events and resources such as templates for risk management, please visit the Event Starter Guide at Premier and Cabinet .
Projects submitted under the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program will need to meet the program eligibility and assessment criteria to receive funding.
Please ensure you read and understand the program guidelines. They can be found on the program website.
Each eligible applicant has been notified in writing of the funding available for their Local Government Area.
Only applications from eligible applicants will be assessed.
Eligible applicants must be local councils located in regional NSW, excluding Metropolitan Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Wollondilly (see Appendix A of Program Guidelines). Lord Howe Island Board and Regional Development Australia Far West are eligible applicants. Joint Organisations of Councils are not eligible to apply.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to work with local community and business groups to identify priority events.
Only regional councils, Lord Howe Island Board and Regional Development Australia Far West are permitted to apply.