Event funding assistance

Council supports community groups, individuals and organisations to deliver events throughout the City through two funding streams.

Community event funding program

The community event funding program provides support to encourage and assist individuals and non-for-profit groups in the community to make a positive and ongoing contribution to the community’s wellbeing, cultural life and environmental sustainability.The community event funding program provides support through ‘seed’ or ‘growth’ funding, or under the banner of the Lake Macquarie Games.

Seed funding

Seed funding aims to encourage the development of new events in Lake Macquarie by providing not-for-profit organisations with the initial funding to help support and launch new or one-off event activities.

Successful applicants may receive up to $5000.

To find out whether you're eligible, review the Community Event Funding Program guidelines.

Once you have reviewed the guidelines, and can demonstrate meeting the criteria, you can apply for funding.

Apply for Seed funding now

Growth funding

The aim of Council’s growth funding is to ensure existing events in Lake Macquarie continue to expand and prosper to diversify into new areas, demographics or target audiences. Through continuous improvement, we encourage event organisers to take a strategic approach to their event with a focus on multi-year funding or attracting other funding partners to build financial sustainability.

Successful applicants may receive up to $5000.

To find out whether you're eligible, review the Community Event Funding Program guidelines.

Once you have reviewed the guidelines, and meet the criteria, you can apply for funding.

Apply for Growth funding now

Lake Macquarie Games

Sporting and recreation clubs may host activities and events under the banner of the Lake Macquarie Games. Event organisers may request medals and certificates, and if additional infrastructure is required, seed or growth funding may be requested.

To find out whether you're eligible, review the Community Event Funding Program guidelines.

Once you have reviewed guidelines, and can demonstrate meeting the criteria, you can apply for funding.

Apply for Lake Macquarie Games funding now

Monthly application closing dates

Applications are accepted January to October and close on the 20th of each month. Applicants are notified within 4-6 weeks of the outcome of their application.

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Sponsorship program

The goal of the sponsorship program is to enhance the opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in major community, cultural and sporting activities across the City. The main objectives of the program are to

Sponsorship applications will be accepted twice a year, and multiple year agreements may be offered for up to a maximum of three years.

Successful applicants may receive up to $20,000.

Applications will be assessed against the following selection criteria

Profile marketing and media opportunities

The extent to which the event or activity proposes to positively increase the profile of Lake Macquarie City, and the promotional strategies to be used, including branding, business partnerships and value-add opportunities.

Economic benefit

The degree to which the event or activity provides measurable economic benefit to Lake Macquarie City, including the capability of the event or activity to attract visitors to the City.

Social capital

The degree to which the event or activity has the potential to have a positive social impact on the community, including cultural impact.

Financial viability

The degree to which the event or activity is financially viable and sustainable with or without Council sponsorship funding.

Environmental sustainability

The degree to which the event or activity employs environmentally sustainable practices.

Accessibility and inclusivity

The degree to which the event demonstrates accessibility for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, or provides free or low-cost activities

To find out whether you're eligible, review the Sponsorship Program guidelines.

Once you have reviewed guidelines, and can demonstrate meeting the criteria, you can apply for funding.

Apply for Sponsorship now

Application closing dates

Application closing date Applicants notified
20 September 2017 early November 2017
20 January 2018 early March 2018
20 June 2018 early August 2018

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Page last updated: 21 November 2017