Council supports event organisers and community groups to deliver events, festivals, sporting celebrations and conferences across the City, which benefit the community and support the outcomes of Council's Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024(PDF, 4MB)
The program aims to fund meaningful, creative and high-quality events for our community and visitors.
Funding is prioritised for events and festivals that:
We accept applications twice a year across three categories:
Take a moment to read our Funding from Council Policy.(PDF, 551KB)
Local events and activities for smaller audiences may be funded to support local businesses or sporting clubs and increase community participation. These may be one-off activities or new events that celebrate a location or themes relevant to the local population. Applications can apply for up to $2,000.
Community events foster community pride and connectedness between residents and local businesses. They should make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community. Funding is provided to assist event organisers to develop new events or improve existing ones while working towards event sustainability. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000
These types of high-profile events and festivals encourage visitation to the City from outside the region, help raise the City's profile and drive economic development. Sponsored events provide residents and visitors with opportunities across sporting, recreational, cultural or community-based activities. Applicants can apply for up to $20,000.
The assessment process is a competitive one. Putting together a strong application takes time and energy. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, review and gain support for your application before submission. You can find some helpful tips from our Events and Festivals Funding Workshop.
Use clear, simple language to outline your event or activity. You should demonstrate how it meets the assessment criteria and how it supports the key themes of Council's Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024.(PDF, 4MB)
Applications will be assessed on merit, against the selection criteria outlined in the funding guidelines(PDF, 153KB).(PDF, 490KB)