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


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.


Terms & Conditions

Please download and review the attached Terms and Conditions(PDF, 620KB) to find out more about the program. 

Please note, all events must be completed and acquitted by 30 June 2025.