Major Events Grants

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We want to support our event organisers to host major events in our region.

We provide financial support through our Major Events Grant - up to $5,000 and our Quick Grants of up to $1,000, for events which attract visitors to our region. 

Round 1 of the 2023 Major Events Grants has now closed. Quick Grant applications are open all year round.

When to apply

There are two opportunities each year to apply for a Major Events Grant. Opening and closing dates do vary each year, so contact us to be added to the mailing list so you can be alerted to updates instantly.

Round For events held between Opening/closing dates
1 1 January and 30 June 2023 Opening Monday 22 August, 2022 - Closing Sunday 18 September, 2022 
2 1 July and 31 December 2023 Applications open early 2023, dates to be confirmed.

Before applying

 The Major Events Grant and Quick Grants aims to support events which:
  • May attract a significant number of overnight visitors from outside the region
  • Have the potential to develop and maintain an ongoing major events status
  • Have the potential to contribute positively to the region’s economic climate
  • Have a long-term vision for growth and sustainability (less critical for Quick Grants)

Read the Program Guidelines(PDF, 2MB) before applying. Find information on Quick Grants on Page 11.  

What can these grants be spent on?

Major Events Grant

Funds received under the Major Events Grant are to be allocated towards event marketing activities which attract visitors to our region and your event. This could include activities such as: 

  • Website development
  • Social media strategy and promotions
  • Videography /photography
  • Advertising
  • Professional marketing consultant (a great option if you are new to the complicated world of event marketing or there is not enough time to do everything). 

Important note for sporting organisations, association, and clubs
If you are a sporting organisation, association or club with a state governing body, grant money can be allocated to other expenses that relate to your event, for example trophies, portable toilets etc, as well as marketing activities. Please speak with us to confirm that your application will be classed as a sporting organisation before applying.

Quick Grants

Funds received under the Quick Grant stream can be allocated towards any event-specific expenses. This could include activities such as:

  • Event Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Prizes, Medals
  • Portaloo Hire, Fencing, etc.

 

How to apply

Step 1.Prepare your application

Take note of the opening date for applications and start preparing your documents. You can view a sample application form for the Major Events Grant(PDF, 62KB) and Quick Grants(PDF, 61KB) in advance for an idea of the information required. You can save your application as you go, and come back to it if needed.

Step 2.Prepare your supporting documents

*Only required for Major Events Grant applicants. Major Events Grant applications will be required to submit an event budget and a marketing plan to be considered for grant funding. You can use your own, or follow our templates for Event Budget(XLS, 42KB) and Marketing Plan(PDF, 682KB).

Step 3.Submit your application

Applications for Major Events Grants are open twice a year - February for events held from July - December of that year, and August for events held between January and June the following year. Please check back to apply.

Event Sponsorship - Quick Grant is available all year round and you can apply by completing the online application form.

Apply for a Event Sponsorship - Quick Grant