Local Events Program HomeLiving HereGrants & FundingLocal Events Program Please note, due to restrictions on gatherings and social events by the Federal and State Governments in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not accepting applications for the Local Events Program Grant at this time. View the Local Events Program factsheet here. Outcome: Our communities are active and vibrant Description: Support for local social, cultural and sporting events that celebrate our unique experiences, what is great about our region, achieve regional participation, connect our community and activate our parks, open spaces and community facilities. Priorities: The Local Events Program supports organisations to undertake activities or programs that contribute to one or more of the following: Support active, vibrant communities Support safe, connected communities Encourage partnerships and collaboration between community groups Promote participation in sport, recreation or community volunteerism Contribute to the local and regional economy Demonstrate sound event management principles and planning Specific Program Guidelines: Funding is available in three categories. Your funding request must not exceed the amount available in the appropriate category. If you are unsure which category your event falls in, please contact the Grants team for assistance: Local Event – An event attracting an attendance of up to 500 people and of interest to a local community or a small segment of the region. Up to $500 is available in this category. Regional Event – An event attracting an attendance between 500 to 2000 people with the potential to attract attendees from across the Western Downs region and neighbouring regions and provide reasonable economic and social benefits to the region. This category includes funding for: Race Days (eg. Horse, Camel, Yabbie) Up to $2,000 cash and $2000 in kind is available in this category. Significant Event – A large scale event potentially running longer than one day and typically involving in excess of 2000 people. These events have the potential to attract substantial visitors from outside the regional area and provide substantial economic and social benefits to the region. This category includes funding for: Town Christmas Celebrations Local Agricultural Shows Significant Community Celebrations Significant historical activities and milestone events eg. 150 or 100 year celebrations. Please note that School P&C’s are eligible to apply under this category for historical and milestone events. Up to $5,000 is available in this category made up of cash and/or in kind. If you are requesting an amount over $5,000, you must provide a full event proposal outlining the significance of your event (template available). A lower priority will be given to events that intend to gift profits to a charity. If funds are granted, the organisation will be required to retain an amount at least equal to the Council grant amount which is to be directed towards the running of the next event. Council will not fund these events on a recurrent basis. Related documents: Some relevant corporate documents include: Western Downs Regional Council Corporate Plan Event Management Plan template Start your application now!