Events planned to bring a tourism and economic boost to the Port Macquarie-Hastings have been given a funding boost from council.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has allocated $20,000 to five local events through their Major Events Marketing Grants Program round one, 2022.
The program, formerly called Events Sponsorship Grants, aims to support event organisers to develop, promote, execute and sustain locally grown, long-term major events which attract out of region visitation.
Major events are an important and growing part of the local economy and add to the vibrancy of our region.
The program's name changed in early 2021 to better reflect the nature of the grant and that it was not intended for small 'local' events.
The program provides a financial boost of up to $5000 for events that have the potential to attract visitors to the Port Macquarie-Hastings region, generate destination exposure, and create a notable digital reach.
The events given a boost in this round of funding are:
The panel members were unanimous in their agreement that five events were worthy recipients of the Major Events Marketing Grant Funding in this round.
Since February 2015, council has allocated $244,000 to the Major Events Marketing Grant Program with an economic impact of approximately $13 million being realised (based on increased visitor nights as a direct result of these events).
Under the 2021/2022 budget, council has $40,000 (total) for two contestable funding rounds for the Major Events Marketing Grant program.
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