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Regional NSW to get $20m in event grants

Event organisers in regional NSW will be able to access grants of more than $100,000 in a bid to bring more sport, music and culture to the bush.

The $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund aims to increase the number of major events in regional NSW, and give existing events a boost.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the grants would create jobs for locals in the regions throughout 2021.

“This funding will deliver major events that will create valuable jobs, keeping money local, as well as giving people the chance to see their favourite teams or performers in their hometown,” Mr Barilaro said on Tuesday.

“By helping organisers to host bigger and better events we are giving regional communities greater access to entertainment and the opportunity to attend events they would otherwise have to travel to metropolitan areas to experience.”

Applicants can apply for grants of more than $100,000 to help put on sporting, lifestyle, food and beverage, music, art and cultural events.

The money is part of the NSW government’s $2 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to boost the state’s regional economy.

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