Building on the success of the BIG Ideas Program, the 23/24 year saw the launch of the “It’s GREAT Program”, a local events grant funding initiative. Local businesses and community groups were able to apply for a share of $50,000 to deliver events in the Gilgandra Region.



About the program

Gilgandra Shire Council (GSC) recognises that local events contribute to the vibrancy and energy of our town and region. The ability to deliver events is critical to drive our region’s competitive advantage and economic growth.

The It’s GREAT Program has been established in order to assist with investment into events in the Gilgandra Region. Funding will be provided to local businesses and community groups to assist in the delivery of events within the Gilgandra Region.

The It’s GREAT Program has the following objectives:

  • To encourage events that complement our Community Strategic plan and our Regions activation and revitalisation projects including the Gilgandra Activation Blueprint
  • Develop a culture and infrastructure that supports and grows a vibrant events calendar in the Gilgandra Region
  • Maximise the contribution events make to tourism and economic development in the Gilgandra Region
  • Recognise the contribution events make to the social and cultural development of residents and visitors to the Gilgandra Region
  • To promote the Gilgandra Region as an attractive place to Live > Enjoy > Grow


The total pool of grant funding for 2023/24 is $50,000. Grants will be considered in one competitive funding round for local events under 2 funding categories:

  • Stream 1: Up to $2,000 (ex GST) - Non-matched funding.
  • Stream 2: Open (ex GST) - Contribution required.

Find out more in the IT's GREAT resource provided, download your copy here!(PDF, 44MB) 

Applications for the 23/24 It's GREAT Program are now closed.


Terms & Conditions

Please download and review the attached It's GREAT Resource(PDF, 44MB) to find out more about the program including Terms and Conditions and eligibility requirements.

The It’s GREAT Program has been established to assist with investment in events in the Gilgandra Region. Local businesses, community groups and Clubs are able to apply for funding for local events.

All events are encouraged to be accessible and inclusive. Please note, all events must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2025.

Applications for the 23/24 It's GREAT Program closed 5pm Friday, 31 May 2024.


Its-GREAT-Resource Title Page(PDF, 44MB)

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