Regionals councils can sign up for a share of $1.3 million from the NSW Nationals in the state government to deliver free events, activities or experiences to enliven local public spaces this summer.
NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said grants of up to $10,000 were available through the ‘Festival of Place Summer Fun(d)’ program to activate the community and encourage people to stay local.
“Councils are encouraged to deliver free activities such as innovative lighting displays, outdoor markets, micro-festivals, open-air theatre, street parties, lawn libraries and street entertainment,” Mr Saunders said.
“Businesses across the regions have done it tough this year and this funding will help to get people out and about in a safe way just in time for the festive season.
“I encourage councils to put forward innovative ideas for events that will help people connect after a challenging year.”
Councils can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with a simple online form, in December or January, to boost events over Christmas and during summer.
Further information about the program and a link to the EOI is available at https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/premiers-priorities/great-public-spaces/festival-of-place/summer-fund