Regional Events Scheme (RES)

Up to $50,000 is available to to help raise the profile of the state as a tourist destination.

Regional Events Scheme



The Regional Events Scheme (RES) is an annual funding round administered by Tourism WA. The RES is jointly funded by Tourism WA and the Department of Regional Development through its Royalties for Regions program. The scheme is designed to assist with the development of events as tourist attractions within regional Western Australia.



Regional Events Scheme (RES) aims to:

  • Bring additional tourism income to regional communities by increasing visitor numbers and expenditure in the host community.
  • Attract media coverage that will help to raise the profile of the region as a tourist destination.
  • Extend the length of the traditional tourist seasons and better utilise tourism facilities and services during off-peak or shoulder periods.
  • Involve and inspire the local community.
  • Extend the length of the traditional tourist seasons and better utilise tourism facilities and services during off-peak or shoulder periods
  • Improve the vibrancy and vitality of the State.

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



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


Eligible Projects

Tourism WA cannot advise if you should apply or if your event is eligible. It is recommended that you read through the guidelines and if you feel your event sufficiently meets the criteria then it is recommended that you submit an application.

Events must be held between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for funding, your event must be held within regional Western Australia. The boundaries are determined by the Regional Development Commission Act 1993 and comprise nine regions – Peel, South West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt, Mid West, Gascoyne, Goldfields – Esperance, Pilbara and Kimberley.

Eligible applicants must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) or meet one of the criteria contained in the Australian Taxation Offices’ Statement by a Supplier form. Event holders who have a current sponsorship agreement with Tourism WA for RES funding can apply for additional funding through the current round for a new initiative(s) for the event currently receiving funding.



Applications close 13 December 2016.


More Information


2016-17 Successful Recipients

To view the complete list of recipients, click here


Event Name


Event Date

Barramundi Dreaming Kununurra 27 June – 2 July 2016
A Taste of Broome Broome 1 July 2016 – 15 September 2016
Stars on the Bastion Wyndham 2-Jul-16
Bridgetown in the Winter – Wonderful Winter Wonderland Opening Bridgetown 2 – 10 July 2016
Mowanjum Festival Mowanjum 7-Jul-16
City to Surf for Activ Regional Series Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Busselton 24 July – 14 August 2016
2016 Nannup Flower and Garden Festival Nannup 18- 22 August 2016
North West Festival Port Hedland 19 – 21 August 2016
Ningalens Film Competition 2016 Exmouth 20-Aug-16
2016-2018 Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival Kojonup, Cranbrook, Frankland River, Tenterden, Katanning, Broomehill,
Tambellup, Gnowangerup, Ongerup, Borden, Woodanilling, Jerramungup,
Bremer Bay, Pingrup & Nyabing
16 September – 16 October 2016
Zest Festival 2016 Kalbarri 17-Sep-16
Blues for the Bush and Community Open Day Perenjori 23- 25 September 2016
Albany Urban Downhill Albany
Meeka Outback Festival 2016 Meekathara 23 – 25 September 2016
Outback Fusion Festival Newman 23- 25 September 2016
Southern Art & Craft Trail Albany, Denmark, Mount Barker, Kojonup, Franklin River, Walpole and
24 September – 9 October 2016
2016 Beverley Heroic Beverley 1 – 2 October 2016
Festivals on the Foreshore Geraldton 1 – 15 October 2016
AFL Masters WA- Broome Carnival Broome 1 – 8 October 2016
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