Bushfire Recovery Event Funding

Snowy Valleys Council has partnered with Destination Riverina Murray to allocate event funding support to local communities as part of the bushfire recovery process. 

Council was awarded funding through the Bushfire Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Fund, from the Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements to help deliver quick, flexible, small-scale support for locally led community and economic recovery events and activities. 

There are three categories of funding support available:

  • Major Events
  • Community Events
  • Business Events

Major Events

Major events that will boost tourism and support local businesses are encouraged to seek support of between $5,000 and $10,000, for an event that will be held in the region before October 31, 2020.

Examples of ways the Major Events funding can be used include:

- Marketing support to promote the event to visitors living outside the Snowy Valleys Region

- Shuttle buses to and from the event from major centres including Wagga, Albury and Canberra.

- Event infrastructure to increase capacity such as power, water stations, tables, chairs, food vendors, fencing.

- Infrastructure to allow a town or area to accommodate more people overnight.

- Securing a major artist, performer or keynote speaker that will attract a bigger audience.

- Event management and coordination to reduce the burden on communities and volunteers.

Community Events

Community events that will support community and neighborhood strengthening can apply for up to $2,500 in funding to support an event that will be held in the region before October 31, 2020. 

Examples of ways the Community Events funding can be used include:

- Venue hire and event infrastructure to increase capacity such as power, water stations, tables, chairs, food vendors, fencing.

- Securing a performer or keynote speaker, including covering travel and accommodation costs.

- Event management and coordination to reduce the burden on communities and volunteers.

Business Events

Business events that will support business development including attracting a keynote speaker or hosting a conference/workshop can apply for up to $5,000 in funding to support an event that will be held in the region before October 31, 2020.

Examples of ways the Business Events funding can be used include:

- Engaging a business development expert or organisation to curate and coordinate the event.

- Securing a keynote speaker that will attract a bigger audience, including covering travel and accommodation costs.

- Venue hire and event infrastructure to increase capacity such as power, water stations, tables, chairs, food vendors, fencing.

- Event management and coordination to reduce the burden on communities and volunteers.

How to Apply

Event owners/committees should contact either Destination Riverina Murray or the tourism and events team at Snowy Valleys Council to discuss their event and the proposal for funding support.

Events will then be encouraged to submit a short proposal along with any supporting documentation. The proposal will then be considered by the Snowy Valleys Tourism and Business

Bushfire sub-committee and a recommendation will then be made to the Snowy Valleys Council CEO regarding the funding.

The process is designed to be quick and easy, with an aim to assess and notify the event owner of the outcome within 14 days of making the submission. The step-by-step process is outlined in the following section.

Contact for Questions

Evan Saunders, Event Activation Officer, Snowy Valleys Council

E: [email protected]

P: 0438 566 542

Richie Robinson, General Manager, Destination Riverina Murray

E: [email protected]

P: 0418 439 202