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Event support fund

Event support fund

If you’ve looked into our community event fund, legacy event fund and major event fund and feel that those aren’t the right fit for your event, then the event support fund may be able to assist.

This fund is designed to provide limited financial support to a wide range of one-off or recurring event activities and initiatives that strongly align with our event funding values and priorities. Consider it an intermediary step between our community and major event funds.

We prioritise events that

  • occur during the off-peak seasons of April to October
  • demonstrate a modest growth in regional GDP (gross domestic product)
  • attract visitation and tourism
  • generate positive national exposure for Tauranga.

Key fund information

The maximum grant is $15,000 +GST however the majority of grants are $5,000 +GST per event.

$205,000 +GST for events occurring between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021. When the fund allocation is exhausted we will update this webpage.

Please note that portions of these funds may be redistributed between the four funds from time to time, to manage current and/or future event investment demands

Due to a recent budget reduction, the current funding round will close at 5pm, 30 August 2020 for events occurring up to 30 June 2021. Decisions will be released by 14 September 2020.

Events can apply for funding up to 12 months out from their event date. Only in exceptional circumstances will the panel consider funding an event more than 12 months in advance.

Recurring events can apply for a maximum of three years consecutive funding with a sinking lid policy. The formula below is applied even if you only apply year by year rather than once.

  • Year 1 – maximum support as per funding decision (e.g. annual event year 1: $10,000 +GST )
  • Year 2 – eligible for maximum of 75% of year one funding (e.g. annual event year 2: $7,500 +GST)
  • Year 3 – eligible for maximum of 50% of year one funding (e.g. annual event year 3:  $5,000 +GST)

If a three-year grant was approved for a biennial event, they would receive full funding in year one and 75% in year three before the term of the funding agreement concludes. At the end of the funding term an equivalent stand-down term will apply before you can submit another funding application. For example, a three-year funding agreement followed by three years not eligible to apply. 

No, you don’t need to provide quotes with your application, however you will need to provide a high-level budget which you’ll upload as a secondary document.

A decision-making panel of three City Events officers at Tauranga City Council.

If your application is successful, we will email you to confirm your grant. Applicants receiving over $5,000 +GST will need to sign their application to formalise our funding support and agree additional deliverables and benefits for council if required (e.g. operational planning deadlines, event tickets etc). 

If your event is held on public open space, you will also likely be required to work with our event facilitation team for an event approval. Read our resources to assist you with running an event on public open spaces

If your application is unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome, along with reasoning why this decision was made.

In the financial year that the event occurs, our year runs from 1 July through to 30 June the following year. 50% of the funding granted will be released prior to the event and 50% after submitting a post-event evaluation report (to the satisfaction of Event Development staff).

If you have already received funding from us for an event, you must submit a post-event evaluation report (to the satisfaction of Event Development staff) before another application will be considered.

The Event Development team at Tauranga City Council – eventfunding@tauranga.govt.nz or (07) 577 7000.

How to apply

Step 1: Download the application form.

Event support fund application form (115kb doc)

Step 2: Fill in the application form and prepare a high-level budget.

Step 3: Upload the completed application form, high-level budget and any other supporting documents.

Submit your application

Last Reviewed: 05/10/2020


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