Scot MacDonald
21st Sep 2018

Event organisers on the Central Coast holding events between January and June 2019, are encouraged to apply for the NSW Liberal National Government’s Flagship Event Fund, which is now open. 

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said the 2019 Fund will be offered in two rounds per year and with just a single application process.

“The NSW Government is continuing to reduce the red tape and for the first time, event organisers no longer have to submit an expression of interest when applying for the Flagship Event Fund,” Mr MacDonald said.

The Girrakool Blues Festival & BBQ and Harvest Festival held in March and June (respectively) of this year were both supported with funding from the Flagship Event Fund.

“Events can apply for an annual grant of $20,000 or a triennial grant of $27,500 to help market and promote their event to visitors outside of their local area,” Mr Crouch said.

“We already have a large number of events across our Central Coast region, and it’s important that they consider applying for this funding to help them expand their reach.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said that, since 1997, the Regional Flagship Events Program, which includes three different funding streams, has provided more than $10 million to 351 events throughout rural and regional NSW.

“Whether it’s event proponents, tour operators, hoteliers or visitor attractions, we’re working hard right across our regions to make it easier to access vital grants to get initiatives off the ground and to get tourism booming more than ever before,” Mr Marshall said.

“The NSW Government is proud of the progress that has been made in tourism investment across regional NSW and the reforms we have implemented which lay the foundations for future growth in local communities.”

The Regional Flagship Events Program is managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Applications close on Monday 8 October 2018. To lodge an application, visit

Round Two applications for events held between July and December 2019 will open in February next year.