Event funding assistance
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 draft Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024.
The program aims to fund meaningful, creative and high-quality events for our community and visitors.
Funding is prioritised for events and festivals that:
- Celebrate community and Lake Macquarie’s unique culture and identity
- Assist in building a diverse and economically strong communities
- Are attractive to visitors
- Are engaging, surprising and entertaining
How to apply
We accept applications twice a year, in June and October, across three categories:
Round one applications
|Funding category||Round one application open/close||Outcome known||Proposed event date|
|Sponsored events and festivals||1 June to 30 June 2019||24 July||Between January 2020 and June 2020|
|Community events||1 June to 30 June 2019||24 July||Between October 2019 and June 2020|
|Local events and celebrations||1 June to 30 June 2019||24 July||Between October 2019 and June 2020|
Round two applications
|Funding category||Round two application open/close||Outcome known||Proposed event date|
|Sponsored events and festivals||1 October to 20 October 2019||27 November||Between May 2020 to December 2020|
|Community events||1 October to 20 October 2019||27 November||Between February 2020 to October 2020|
|Local events and celebrations||1 October to 20 October 2019||27 November||Between February 2020 to October 2020|
Local events and celebrations
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. Applicants can apply up to $2000.
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 up to $10,000.
Sponsored events and festivals
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 up to $20,000.
The assessment process is a competitive one. Putting together a strong application takes time and energy. Give yourself time to plan, review and gain support for your application before submission.
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 in Council’s Event and Festival Strategy and Action Plan 2019-2024.
Applications will be assessed on merit, against the selection criteria outlined in the funding guidelines.
Page last updated: 12 June 2019