Local events funding program to boost local economy

Event’s organisers from across the region now have the chance to share in almost $400,000 as a new funding program is launched by Southern Downs Regional Council.

The Local Events Funding Program (LEFP) is a temporary funding program facilitated by Southern Downs Regional Council and is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments as a component of the 2019 Queensland Bushfires Community Recovery Package under Category C of the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Recognising the importance of the events industry, the LEFP was created to 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 Southern Downs regional economic outcomes.

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

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 activity in the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region.

There are two tiers of funding available. Tier One (1) up to $15 000 or Tier Two (2) up to $30 000 per eligible organisation which must be spent locally where possible. Funding is available for projects or activities taking place between 1 March 2021 and 28 February 2022.

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

Visit the Southern Downs Regional Council Webpage to find out more.