Regional event support

About the Regional Development Program

Events play a key role in fostering regional tourism and economic development. Tourism is an essential industry to many rural and regional centres, ensuring economic stability, and events can be a cost-effective way of promoting a region and its attractions – as an event grows, it attracts tourists in its own right.

The positive economic impact and interest in a community that a successful regional event can provide not only helps to build a sense of local pride but can also foster confidence and strengthen the community as a whole.

Tourism and Events Queensland's (TEQ) Regional Development Program (RDP) is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland.

Through the RDP, TEQ works with local councils and Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) to fund events that will help attract visitors to Queensland and encourage future tourism and investment.

RDP funded events range from music, art and food festivals, to sporting events and regional and cultural celebrations. These events showcase regional Queensland, attract visitors, and retain valuable tourism dollars.

TEQ has created the most comprehensive portfolio of supported events of any state in Australia with more than $24.6 million invested through the RDP across 1,132 events since 2001.

Types of funding available to regional events

The RDP offers two funding options for regional events:

  • Core Event Funding – single year event support of between $10,000 and $45,000
  • Significant Regional Events Scheme – single or multi-year support (up to three years) up to $100,000 per year for three years

How the funding can be used

Funding can be used for one or more of the following four uses:

  • Marketing costs associated with the event that increase awareness and visitation. This could include online marketing, webcasts, brochures, posters, TV or radio advertising, etc.
  • Strategic plans to address long-term development of the event. This could include business plans or succession plans, etc.
  • The engagement of short term (maximum six months), specialised personnel to further develop and/or market the event.
  • Hire of temporary infrastructure which may improve access, visitor experience or the safety of the event. This could include items such as temporary toilets, fencing, disability equipment, etc.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding through the RDP an event must meet the following key objectives:

  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination
  • Generate local economic activity and development
  • Demonstrate future growth and sustainability

Applying for funding

Funding rounds

There are typically two funding rounds each year for the RDP, closing in February and August each year.

Round 28 - Applications OPEN

Round applications will close at 5:00pm 13 February 2015.

Round 28 applies to events held between 1 October 2015 and 31 March 2017.

Expected announcement of successful applications: May 2015.

The 18-month date ranges for funding rounds will ensure that successful events have at least five months lead time to effectively use funding to promote and maximise event outcomes.

Download the Round 28 Funding Guidelines

Supporting documents for your Round 28 application are also available for download:

TEQ Regional Events Confirmation of Tangible Council Support Form

TEQ Regional Events Confirmation of Tangible RTO Support Form 

Downloading the Round 28 Application Form

To download the Round 28 Application Form you must follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Download Application Form link below.
  2. Depending on your Web browser, select either the Save Target As or Save Link As option and save a copy of the Application Form to your computer.
  3. Find where you have saved the Application Form on your computer.
  4. Open the saved Application form  in Acrobat Reader.
  5. Complete the application process in Acrobat Reader and save the changes to your computer.
  6. Email the completed Application form on your computer to regionalevents@queensland.com.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORM

Contact details

If you have any questions about the application process or have any technical issues downloading the Round 28 Application Form, please contact TEQ on (07) 3535 3535 or via email at regionalevents@queensland.com well before the application closing date.

Events supported under Round 27:

  • Autumn Sounds, Bundaberg (18 April 2015) $10,000 

  • Big Red Bash, Birdsville (3 – 5 July 2015) $45,000 

  • Blackall Heartland Festival, Blackall (9 – 18 October 2015) $20,000

  • Brisbane International Garden Show, Strathpine (9  11 October 2015) $40,000

  • Bundy Flavours, Bundaberg (5 – 13 September 2015) $21,600

  • Cairns to Karumba Bike Ride, Cairns (26 June – 4 July 2015) $15,000

  • Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, Yeppoon (18 – 20 September 2015) $25,000

  • Captain Cook 1770 Festival, Seventeen Seventy (23 – 25 May 2015) $15,000

  • Cardiac Challenge Cairns to Cooktown Bike Ride, Cairns (26 – 28 September 2015) $30,000

  • Cloncurry Stockman’s Challenge & Campdraft, Cloncurry (9 – 12 July 2015) $20,000

  • Crush Festival, Bundaberg (1 – 31 October 2015) $25,000  

  • Curry Merry Muster Festival, Cloncurry (30 July – 2 August 2015) $25,000

  • Dalby’s Delicious & DeLIGHTful Festival, Dalby (22 – 23 August 2015) $15,000

  • Eat Local Week/Winter Harvest Festival, Scenic Rim (27 June – 5 July 2015) $20,000

  • Feast of the Senses, Innisfail (21 – 29 March 2015) $10,000

  • Felton Food Festival, Felton (12 April 2015) $25,000

  • Gemfest ‘Festval of Gems’, Anakie (6 – 9 August 2015) $20,000

  • Gold Coast Film Festival, Gold Coast (9 – 19 April 2015) $35,000

  • Gold Coast Folk Music Festival, Gold Coast (19 – 20 September 2015) $10,000

  • Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, Port Douglas (31 October – 1 November 2015) $25,000

  • Have a Go Festival, Toowoomba (20 – 21 February 2016) $25,000

  • Jackie Howe Festival of the Golden Shears, Jondaryan (4 – 6 September 2015) $25,000

  • Jumpers & Jazz in July Festival, Warwick (16 – 26 July 2015) $18,500

  • Maleny Wood Expo, Maleny (2 – 3 May 2015) $25,000

  • Noosa Jazz Festival, Noosa (3 – 6 September 2015) $25,000

  • Port Douglas Carnivale, Port Douglas (22 – 31 May 2015) $35,000

  • Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour (10 – 12 July 2015) $20,000

  • Queensland Open Golf Championship, Springfield Lakes (24 – 30 August 2015) $20,000

  • Relish Fraser Coast Food and Wine Festival, Maryborough (6 June 2015) $10,000

  • Rockhampton River Festival, Rockhampton (11 – 19 July 2015) $10,000

  • Straddie Salute Triathlon Festival, North Stradbroke Island (29 – 30 August 2015) $15,000

  • Sunshine Coast Real Food Festival, Maleny (12 – 13 September 2015) $33,300

  • Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races, Tara (28 July – 2 August 2015) $40,000

  • Tour of Toowoomba, Toowoomba (21 – 24 May 2015) $50,000

  • Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, Winton (1 – 5 July 2015) $25,000

  • Viva Surfers Paradise, Surfers Paradise (10 – 19 July 2015) $25,000

  • Wanderlust, Sunshine Coast (16  19 October 2015) $20,000

  • Yugambeh Mobo, Gold Coast (29 – 31 May 2015) $10,000

  • Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo, Mount Isa (2015  2017) $210,000