$25 Million to Celebrate and Connect Local Communities Across Regional NSW

Funding body:

NSW Government

Funding program:

Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program

Closing date:



  • Local Government

The NSW Government is focused on supporting communities to recover from recent challenging times through the $200 million Regional Recovery Package, which will create new jobs and support community events, shows and festivals to boost tourism.

$25 million from the Package has been allocated to the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program. The program will support regional communities to reconnect by helping eligible applicants deliver exciting community events. The program will also facilitate economic recovery by supporting local businesses in the events, hospitality and accommodation sectors.

Program Objective

The Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program will promote the social and economic recovery of regional communities, by renewing social connections and providing a revenue-boost to local businesses, following the extended COVID-19 restrictions across regional NSW and impacts of border closures.


Eligible applicants must be local councils located in regional NSW, excluding Metropolitan Sydney Newcastle, Wollongong, Blue Mountains and Wollondilly. Lord Howe Island Board and Regional Development Australia Far West are eligible applicants. See the list of eligible applicants in Appendix A of the Program Guidelines.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to work with local community and business groups to identify priority events. Eligible applicants are encouraged to consider project partnerships, however, only eligible applicants can submit applications. See the Program Guidelines for all eligibility criteria.

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