May 17, 2022
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is changing the way it funds community events, with grants reflecting the size of the event and the number of patrons.
TRC endorsed the change to its Core Community Event Program funding model this week.
The “competitive funding model” over the next three years means that major events, such as the Crows Nest Day Festival and Millmerran Christmas in the Bush, will receive more funding.
Cr James O’Shea said events would be categorised based on patronage and eligible funding would reflect the size of each event.
“Events across the Toowoomba Region will fall into three categories: major, regional and community,” Cr O’Shea said.
“Funding eligibility (will be) based on the size of the event which gives greater consistency to our event funding model.
“The transition of core community events to competitive funding will encourage self-sufficiency, sustainability and funding compliance allowing for equitable opportunities for all events in regional townships.”
Grant programs will run twice a year, in February and July.