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​​​Tourism WA's Regional Events Scheme (RES), which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions, is an annual funding round for smaller, developing regional events across the State.

​​The scheme is administered by Tourism WA and supports regional events in WA that:

  • ​bring additional tourism income to regional communities by increasing visitor numbers and expenditure in the host community (economic impact);
  • attract media coverage that will help raise the profile of the region as a tourist destination (media impact);
  • involve and inspire the local community (social benefits);
  • extend the length of the traditional tourist seasons and better utilise tourism facilities and services during off-peak or shoulder periods; and
  • improve the vibrancy and vitality of the State.

In addition, it is advantageous if the event has a strong point of difference and/or profiles the unique features of the town and/or region. 

The scheme is administered through a competitive application process.  Applications are reviewed and assessed against criteria then compared against each other. Regional dispersal and the diversity of funded events will also be considered in the assessment process. Funding is competitive and on some occasions, events that sufficiently meet the criteria may not be awarded funding.

RES is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions, a funding program delivered by the State Government to reinvest 25 per cent of mining and offshore petroleum royalties into regional WA. Royalties for Regions recognises that the sustainable development of regional WA is vital to the State's future. The focus of the Regional Development Strategy 2016-2025 is to build vibrant regions with strong economies through jobs growth, economic growth and capable people. 

2017-18 Regional Events Scheme

The annual 2017-18 RES funding round is now open for events that fall between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The closing deadline for applications is 5pm WST on Tuesday December 13, 2016. 

A funding pool of up to $850,000 has been allocated.  Event holders can request funding between $5,000 and $50,000.

The 2017-18 RES guidelines, application and budget spreadsheet are available for download (as three separate documents). You must read the guidelines before commencing your application online. 

2017-18 RES Guidelines (PDF) - Document 1 of 3
2017-18 RES Application - Document 2 of 3
2017-18 RES Budget spreadsheet (XLS) - Document 3 of 3

If you wish to view a sample application form prior to commencing your funding application, please follow this link to a template (for reference only): 2017-18 RES Application – Template only (PDF)

To view a sample sponsorship agreement for event holders successful for Regional Events Scheme funding, please follow this link (for reference only): Sample Regional Events Scheme Sponsorship Agreement (PDF) 

2016-17 Regional Events Scheme

A total of 63 events were awarded funding as part of the 2016-17 Regional Events Scheme. These events occurred/will occur between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Download the successful recipient list​.

​Risk management for event holders

Event holders who receive event funding through RES are required to have a risk management plan that complies with the latest Australian standard for risk management and the appropriate insurance requirements. 

An Introduction to Risk Management For Event Holders in Western Australia provides practical guidance to event holders to help manage risks associated with events. The resource has been developed to support Regional Events Scheme funding recipients however it can be used by any event holder as it aligns with the Australian New Zealand Standard: Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines (AS/NZS ISO 3100:2009). 

Managing your event risks is a video presentati​on that provides an overview of event risk management and information on the importance of risk management to ensure a successful event.

Resource for Events in Western Australia

The Resource for Events in Western Australia contains important information, contact details and advice for event holders. 

More information

For more information,  please email the Events Division or view other funding options.​

Last Reviewed: 2016-10-03