Applications Open for Event Funding

Apr 7, 2014

Organisers of major events have until the end of April to apply for grants from the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s $800,000 events fund for 2014-15.

The fund is available to support new events and help existing events develop in ways that will bring more economic benefits to the district. It is distributed once a year according to the criteria in the Council’s events strategy.

QLDC Mayor Vanessa Van Uden said funding allocated from previous funding rounds had gone to assisting a wide range of vibrant events that not only brought the community together but attracted visitors from all over New Zealand and the world.

“We live in one of the most desirable visitor destinations on the planet.  By supporting and growing events in this district we’ll see many economic, social and cultural benefits. These grants are a solid reinvestment into this community,” she said.  

Applications for up to $30,000 are considered by the Events Funding Panel, while the full Council considers applications for amounts over $30,000. The Council decided last December that it would make no more than six of these major grants each year, rather than spreading its funds more thinly across a wider range of events.

The applications are considered using criteria that include the number of visitors the event will attract, the media profile and the size and significance of the event.

The full Council determined last December that there would be just one funding round for events every year.  Funding from this round applies to events planned between July 2014 and June 2015. 

Applications for amounts up to $5000 can be considered at any time during the year and the support is provided by way of “in kind” assistance with venues, facilities and obtaining resource consents, rather than as a cash grant.

Full information on the funding criteria and application process is on the Council’s website  and the Council’s event staff are available to advise prospective applicants. Applications close on 30 April and decisions will be advised by the end of June.