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Queensland Destination Events Program  QDEP 

QLD Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development

Closing: Round 16 - Closed 10 June 2020. Round 17 due to open July 2020.

The QDEP offers two funding options for regional events:

  • Destination event funding – single year funding for developing events seeking growth ($10,000 - $25,000 per year)
  • Significant event funding – single year or up to three years of funding for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential ($25,000 - $100,000 per year)


The Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP), formerly the Regional Development Program, seeks to leverage the crucial link between events and the destinations in which they are staged, extending the flow of the economic, marketing and social benefits of events throughout metropolitan and regional Queensland.

Aims and objectives of the program

  • Generate local economic activity and development in the host destination
  • Attract external visitation to the destination
  • Drive social and community outcomes for the host destination, noting the important link between community outcomes and economic benefits
  • Enhance the profile and appeal of the host destination. 

The QDEP website details the process for events to submit an expression of interest for Significant event funding. Please note, Significant funding applications will only be accepted following invitation by TEQ.

Application & Funding Guidelines:

Funding Guideline

Help Guide for Applicants

Significant event funding Expression of Interest form


For enquiries Contact: (07) 3535 3535 or via email at

Funding Round 15 opens 1 Nov 2019 and closes 5 Feb 2020 – Eligible Event dates September 2020 - September 2021;
Funding Round 16 opens March 2020 and closes June 2020 - Eligible Event dates January 2021 - January 2022;
Funding Round 17 opens July 2020 and closes October 2020 - Eligible Event dates May 2021 - May 2022­;

Queensland Bushfires - Category C - Flexible Funding Grants

QLD Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors

Closing: Round 1 closed 3 June 2020.

Please visit the Dept. of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors Grants website for details of further rounds.

Funding of up to $100,000 is now available to help Queensland communities recover from the 2019 bushfires - An initiative jointly funded under the Commonwealth/State Disaster recovery Funding Arrangements.

Assistance is aimed at providing flexible grants to Queensland-based non-government organisations, research bodies, industry groups and peak bodies, community groups, and Local Governments in the 23 disaster-affected Local Government areas.

Organisations in affected regions are invited to apply for either, or both of the following small and large grant categories. Objectives of the funding are to support events, activities and programs that drive community recovery, increase awareness and build local resilience (such as those that promote connectedness, encourage support networks and social inclusion and those that enable business and service provider continuity). 

To allow for a flexible support for tailored recovery initiatives, 2 staged funding rounds will be delivered. Round 1 (this round) valued at $1.8M is now open for application, with funding rolled out from 1 August 2020.

  • Small grants: (Min. $2,500 up to $50,000)
  • Large grants: (Min. $50,001 up to $100,000)

Recipients of Central Queensland Bushfires and Far North & North Queensland Monsoon Trough grants and new applicants are encouraged to apply.

Please consult the following documents for further application and submission information:

For additional assistance, please contact the department by email at: 


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