VisitCanberra recognises the important role that major events play in delivering direct economic and social benefits to a destination.
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Special Event Fund, administered by VisitCanberra, seeks to broaden the ACT annual events calendar through partnerships to support new major tourism events. Specifically, focusing its attention on events that:
- Create positive economic outcomes through tourism for the ACT; and
- Contribute to the brand enhancement of the ACT as a tourism destination.
A ‘Special Event’ is defined as an irregular or one-off event or exhibition that has the ability to attract significant interstate and international visitation and focus positive national and international attention on the ACT.
Special event funding is available to eligible businesses, companies or associations that propose an event or event concept the satisfies the requirements of the special event definition and is available on a minimum dollar for dollar basis for funding of interstate and/or international marketing activities for events or exhibitions staged within the ACT. Funds are not to be used to cover costs associated with the operational delivery of the event.
Funding for this initiative has been provided for two financial years 2013/14 and 2014/15 and is available for events that will be staged before 31 December 2015.
Applications for funding must comprise of a supporting business case that clearly outlines the details of the event, including how the proposed event satisfies the requirements of the ‘Special Event’ definition. The business case must include the following:
- Completion of the Special Event Fund Application Form; and
- A statement of claims against the Special Event Fund criteria.
Special Event Fund Application Criteria
The Special Event Fund will open on 1 July 2013. Under a single round, applications may be submitted at anytime during the period up to 30 April 2015, or when all available funds have been allocated, whichever comes first. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel convened by VisitCanberr.
For further information contact:
Phone: 02 6205 0554
VisitCanberra reserves the right to not assess applications that do not provide all requested information, or do not otherwise comply with the requirements of the Special Event Fund.