Orange City Council is hoping to support more community events and bring the region together after several months of isolation after it allocated an extra $100,000 to the Council's Event Sponsorship Program, bringing the total funding allocation to $200,000 for this financial year.
Organisers of events happening from October 1 to December 31 can now apply for financial assistance from Council.
Orange City Mayor Reg Kidd was pleased to see extra funds dedicated to getting local events back on track in the budget this financial year.
"Although COVID-19 restrictions are beginning to ease, we can't forget about the impact it has had and in some cases continues to have on so many, especially those associated with the entertainment and hospitality industries," Cr Kidd said.
"By doubling our usual budget, this will ensure that more local event organisers are able to apply for financial assistance, and for those who usually seek Council funding there is more money up for grabs to see these events get bigger and better."
Orange City Council's Finance Committee chair Cr Jeff Whitton encourages all local event organisers make a submission now that applications are open.
"This is the chance for our local committees and organisers to take advantage of the newly allocated funding," Cr Whitton said.
"We want to see these events be more successful than ever before so organisers and local businesses get back on track. It's also important that these events deliver for not only the community of Orange, but the visitors these events attract to our city. It's a time to start enjoying and supporting events of all types once again."
Applications close on Sunday 16 August.
For details on eligibility and event sponsorship categories please see Orange City Councils' Event Sponsorship webpage or for further information contact the Events and Business Development Team.
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