It’s GREAT! Gilgandra Region Events Activation Tourism Program

Published on 09 April 2024

Council is excited to announce the launch of 'It's GREAT' a local events grant funding initiative for the 2023/24 year. In line with the Community Strategic Plan and Gilgandra Activation Blueprint, Gilgandra Shire Council (Council) in collaboration with the Economic Development Committee has committed a total of $50,000 to local businesses and community groups to assist in the development and expansion of events within the region.

Councillor Gail Babbage Chair of the Economic Development Committee says,

“We're excited to announce the launch of the 'It's GREAT Program'. This is an exciting initiative that builds on and recognises our community's passion for vibrant events that bring joy, culture, and economic growth to our region.”

"With a total funding pool of $50,000, we’re inviting all local businesses and community groups to think big on their events, whether it be a sporting event, food and leisure event, art and culture, or in conjunction with the Goin’ to Gil weekend festival, we encourage people to apply for a share of this exciting opportunity."

The It’s GREAT Program has the following objectives:

  • To encourage events that complement our Community Strategic plan and our Regions activation and revitalisation projects including the Gilgandra Activation Blueprint
  • Develop a culture and infrastructure that supports and grows a vibrant events calendar in the Gilgandra Region
  • Maximise the contribution events make to tourism and economic development in the Gilgandra Region
  • Recognise the contribution events make to the social and cultural development of residents and visitors to the Gilgandra Region
  • To promote the Gilgandra Region as an attractive place to Live > Enjoy > Grow

The total pool of grant funding for 2023/24 is $50,000. Grants will be considered in one competitive funding round for local events under 2 funding categories:

  • Stream 1: Up to $2,000 (ex GST) - Non-matched funding.
  • Stream 2: Open (ex GST) - Contribution required

Activation & Communications Manager, Merscia Kouroulis says interested applicants should review the guidelines and supporting documents on Council’s website and contact the Activation & Communications team to discuss your event.

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday, 31 May 2024. Events must be completed by 30 June 2025 to be eligible. Applications are to be submitted online.

“We look forward to working with local businesses and community groups on the Activate Gilgandra opportunities, and seeing some of these GREAT events come to life” says Miss Kouroulis.

Find out more about Activate Gilgandra, and the key initiatives available to local businesses and the community groups here.

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Contact: Merscia Kouroulis

 Acting Activation and Communications Manager

 02 6817 8800


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