Festivals and events not only deliver a strong cultural identify for a region, but have the potential to deliver broader economic and social benefits for the community and the Territory.
Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) was initially established in 1998 to deliver the inaugural V8 Supercars event at Hidden Valley.
Since that time, NTMEC recognised the opportunity to harness broader national and international visitation growth opportunities through the creation of new sustainable events and the development of existing events, maximising marketing opportunities and undertaking better communications and engagement.
FestivalsNT (FNT) is an integral part of NTMEC and underpins NTMEC’s strategy through a focus on local event development and growth to:
Through FNT’s funding program, industry development and facilitating a consolidated calendar of events we have the opportunity to strengthen and increase the quality and capability of festivals and events in the Territory. In doing so, we positively impact the community and economy through attracting local and interstate visitation.
A calendar of events will not only let us know what’s happening and when, but also identify the opportunities. Through working with event organisers we’re looking to build an event portfolio and calendar that delivers community, regional, hallmark and major events relative to the size of the population and geography of the Territory.
The objective of FestivalsNT’s funding program is to:
FestivalsNT’s objective is underpinned by the Government’s strategy in relation to NT economic development and our role as the gateway between Australia and Asia.
Ideally, we’re looking to establish 2-3 year funding agreements, though anticipate a scaled funding approach. It should also be noted that the level of funding available through the grants program will vary, dependent on the agreements in place.
In building the events program, the expectation is that the festivals/events will become increasingly self-funding, or less reliant on government funding, ensuring their long term sustainability.
Funding dependent on application
$20,000 - $150,000
Existing Community Event
$2,000 - $20,000
Commencing in Financial Year 2017-2018, two funding rounds will be held:
Round 1: Open - Tuesday, 23 May 2017 to Friday, 23 June 2017 Notification - Friday, 4 August 2017
Round 2: Open - Tuesday, 12 November 2017 to Tuesday, 12 December 2017 Notification - Friday, 9 February 2017
Applications for the FestivalsNT funding program must be made via the online application process. For more information, and to access the online application process https://festivalsnt.smartygrants.com.au/festivalsnt FestivalsNT reserves the right to request more information as, and when it is required. Organisations are welcome to submit more than one application providing the projects are not the same. You will also need to specify which application is your priority.
Applications will be assessed by the Major Events Working Group and depending on the funding level requested, the Major Events Standing Committee. A recommendation is then provided to the Minister. Assessment weightings are relative to the type and scale of event and includes:
Groups must be an incorporated organisation or have an incorporated Auspice organisation, which will administer grants on their behalf.
Funded events will need to demonstrate:
Please note that many applications for grants may be received and the process of selection is competitive. Therefore funding is not automatic and should not be anticipated.
Following submission, applications will be reviewed to ensure eligibility criteria have been met.
Applications will be required to include the following information:
Successful grant applicants will be required to sign a Funding Agreement detailing the terms, use of funds and reporting requirements. Successful applicants will also be required to provide a copy of their Certificate of Currency (proof of Public Liability) prior to the event.
To qualify participation, visitation and engagement with funded events, FNT will provide event organisers with a research questionnaire template and/or link. It will be a requirement that this research be undertaken during, or immediately post the event. Event organisers will need to provide a report outlining the results from the research, as well as make available to FNT the raw data.
This research not only helps establish the success of the event, but ensure a consistent approach across all activities.
All successful applicants must provide a financial and event acquittal 60 days post event completion. Please note: applicants that do not provide acquittals, or not within the nominated timeframe, will not be considered for future funding.
Successful applicants will be required to acknowledge the support provided through the provision of the grant. Dependent on the level of funding, this will include recognition through logo placement on event collateral, website, media releases, speeches and signage.
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