Regional Events Grants Fund

About The Fund

The purpose of the Regional Events Grants Fund, initiated by the South Australian Tourism Commission is to provide financial support for small to medium regional event organisers who have experienced financial loss due to the forced cancellation or postponement of an event staged between 16 March 2020 and 31 August 2020, as a result of COVID-19. These events are broken into two groups – Regional Events and Community Events, as outlined below.

Regional Events Definition

Regional Events

Regional Events (including festivals) which are significant to their location and community, provide good economic return and boost the profile of the region. These events attract interstate and/or intrastate visitors, generate local media and have the ability to generate state and national media coverage. These events must attract more than 1,000 people. Examples include the Fringe in Mount Gambier, 500 Miles of Music and Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.

Community Events

Community Events (including festivals) primarily driven and sustained by their respective local community, which provide strong social outcomes, but with less focus on an economic benefit to the region. These events must attract more than 500 people. Examples include Seafood on Spencer, Red Poles & Spinning Yarns Aboriginal Arts Festival and the Coober Pedy Opal Festival. These events may have the ability to grow into Regional Events.

Amount Available

The total amount available within the Regional Events Grant Fund is $200,000.

Applicants under the Regional Events category may receive a grant of up to a maximum $5,000, subject to the losses incurred.

Applicants under the Community Events category may receive a grant up to a maximum $2,000, subject to the losses incurred.

Grants will be awarded based on meeting mandatory Eligibility Criteria (detailed below) and in date order of receipt of the application. Once the Fund has been fully expended (i.e. a total of $200,000 has been issued in grants), all other applications will be declined.

Opening and Closing Dates

  • Opening Date

    The Regional Events Grant Fund will open on Friday 3 April 2020.

  • Closing Date

    Applications will close at 5pm Friday 17 April 2020, unless funding is fully exhausted beforehand.

Who will be eligible?

    The Eligibility Criteria is as follows:

    • Must be a South Australian registered business.
    • Event must have been listed on Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) before 1 March 2020.
    • The event must have been scheduled to run between 16 March 2020 – 31 August 2020 and had been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19.
    • Applicants must demonstrate financial loss and provide documentation detailing the costs incurred, which cannot be recovered or attributed to a future event, as a result of the cancellation or postponement of their event.
    • Applicants must demonstrate they have attempted to mitigate their losses.

    The following are Not Eligible to apply:
    • Trade and Industry events such as symposiums, expos or conventions, education events, agricultural shows and conferences.
    • Tours, open gardens, open days, markets, reunions, performances, charity or fundraising activities.
    • Any Events classified as a Major Event under the SATC Guidelines.
    • Any Event which has in the past two financial years not met their obligations under a SATC sponsorship agreement.
    • Any Event which is successful in accessing alternative grant funding through the SATC's Small Tourism Business Grant Fund.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about eligibility and assessment criteria.

Grant Application

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Firstname *

Lastname *

Email Address *

Contact Phone Number *

Business Information

Business Address

Event Questions

Grant Type

Type Max Select
Regional Event $5000
Community Event $2000

Additional Questions

Upload or Email Documentation

Please attach a ZIP file that contains all supporting documents that demostrate the financial loss incurred and your attempt to mitigate loss, including emails, event budget, invoices and correspondence that demostrates costs incurred as a result of cancellation or postponement.

Alternatively, you can email your documents to and please include your business name in the subject.

If you are uploading a file, please ensure that the file is not greater than 5 megabytes in size.

How will your money be used

Please outline briefly how this money will be spent, including where possible specifying the event expenses that you have or will incur, that this money will be used for. You will be required to substantiate these expenses when asked by the SATC. You will be required to return any unspent funds.

Bank Account for payment of grant

After You Submit Your Application

  • You will receive an automated email acknowledging receipt of your application. If you do not receive this receipt email then we have not received your application. Please keep a record of the receipt number for future reference.
  • An assessment process will apply which includes a review of each application submitted and a formal approval process.
  • All applicants will be notified by email of their success or otherwise. We will aim to notify applicants within two weeks of the closing date, dependant upon the number of applications received.
  • By submitting your application you agree to be bound by the Funding Conditions in the event that you are awarded funding.
  • The SATC will pay the grant into the bank account nominated in this form. To assist with the processing of payments, please ensure that the account details are correct. The SATC will seek to pay as swiftly as possible, aiming to process all payments by the end April.


  • I certify that the information provided in this application is true and accurate.
  • I certify that the applicant Business contact person and/or the Business have never committed and/or are being investigated for any fraud or dishonesty offences.
  • I agree that if successful in obtaining funding, the Business will enter into an agreement that will include Funding Conditions relating to the expenditure of funds, reporting and compliance with specified requirements.
  • I understand the submission of an application does not guarantee funding and does not involve ongoing government funding.

As an authorised representative, I agree to these conditions on behalf of the Business.
I consent to the collection of my personal information as the applicant Business contact person.


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