The Territory Labor Government is growing events in the Territory to provide exciting experiences for locals and to attract more visitors.
To help organisers deliver amazing events, the Government’s Events Funding Program (EFP), delivered through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC), provides funding for community events, mass participation events, event development, major events and strategic funding.
Organisers can apply for up to $100,000 for event development, $50,000 for mass participation events staged between October and March, $30,000 for mass participation events between April and September, and community events, and $15,000 for strategic funding.
Round two of the 2022-23 EFP will open on February 6, and, to provide certainty, organisers can apply for multi-year support in any of the categories.
The funding program helps grow and develop this important sector by increasing the quality and frequency of festivals and events, attracting interstate visitors, and upskilling the local industry and its workforce.
Independent research showed 22 events supported by NTMEC in 2021-22 delivered a gross expenditure stimulus of $39.8 million and more than 110,000 visitor nights.
Round one of the EFP saw events like the Big Name, No Blankets NT Community Tour, Archie100 Public Program, Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Rhythm of the 90s’ Concert, Chariots of Thunder Sprintcar Series, Katherine Junk Festival and Alice Springs Beanie Festival receive funding.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Major Events, Paul Kirby:
“Our Event Funding Program plays a vital role in maintaining a vibrant events calendar.
“The Territory Labor Government’s priority is to support events held during the shoulder season and those that attract a high numbers of interstate visitors.
“This program not only gives established events the opportunity to grow, but also allows organisers to develop new experiences.”
Quotes from previous grant recipient spokesperson, Director at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Adam Worrall:
“The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is thrilled to be the recipient of $20,000 NTMEC Community Event Funding, which will support the upcoming exhibition, Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize, touring to Darwin from the Art Gallery of NSW.
“With thanks to NTMEC and Major Public Program partner MAGNT Foundation, MAGNT will present a comprehensive program of free and paid events, and educational opportunities for the community through the Archie100 Public Program.”
Northern Territory Government