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Event support fund

Event support fund

We financially support events through four funding mechanisms. If you’ve looked into the community event fund and major event fund and feel that those aren’t the right fit for your event or initiative, then the event support fund may be able to assist.

This fund is designed to provide limited financial support to a wide range of event activities and initiatives in Tauranga. Consider it an intermediary step between our community and major event funds.

Fund Update: Please note that the Event Support Fund budget has been exhausted for the 2018/2019 financial year and this fund is now closed. We will continue to accept applications for events that occur from 1 July 2019 onwards.

Funding criteria

We will prioritise funding for events that strongly align with our event funding values and priorities. We suggest that you review these before submitting an application as all events will be measured against these overarching principles. Please note that your event does not need to deliver on all of our funding priorities in order to be considered for support.

Events that meet the following eligibility considerations are also more likely to receive funding:

  • occur during the off-peak seasons of August 2018 to October 2018 and April 2019 to June 2019
  • demonstrate a modest growth in regional GDP (gross domestic product)
  • attract visitation and tourism
  • generate positive national exposure for Tauranga.

Funding will not be granted to events that:

  • don’t champion our event funding values or priorities
  • require funding on an ongoing basis for business-as-usual operations
  • are recurring events
  • have been completed or started prior to the funding being allocated
  • are primarily religious, political or have a primary fundraising purpose
  • are for markets, raffles or prize money
  • support general salaries, rents or other overhead costs except as a proportion of the total event/initiative costs
  • require debt servicing assistance or have outstanding debt with Tauranga City Council
  • are private functions, lunches, dinners etc.
  • have breached previous funding agreements with Tauranga City Council, including post-event reporting requirements and where no commitment has been made to rectify this
  • occur outside of Tauranga City boundaries
  • are not a legal entity/organisation. Funding will not be granted to individuals.

How to apply

The event support fund is a contestable fund of $150,000 (for the period 1 August 2018 to 30 June 2019), with a maximum grant of $15,000 per application. The level of funding for the majority of applications is likely to be approximately $5000, however we will also consider lower levels of support. 

Applications will be considered on a monthly basis up to 31 May 2019, for the 2018/2019 financial year. Applications received up to and including the 20th of the month will be evaluated by an internal panel and funding decisions communicated to applicants by the 14th of the following month. Any applications received between the 21st and the end of a month will be deferred to the next month for consideration.

There is no limit to the amount of times an event organiser can apply to fund a new event or initiative. If you have already received funding from council for an event, you must submit a post-event report before another application will be considered.

We encourage event organisers to submit their applications early to provide the best possible chance at receiving funding. When the event support fund allocation is exhausted this webpage will be updated accordingly.


If you believe that your event or initiative is a great fit with this fund and embodies our event funding values and priorities, we want to hear from you.

Step 1

Please download the word application form and save it to a local file (e.g. your desktop) before you fill it in.

Event support fund application form (115kb doc)

Step 2

Make sure you have all relevant event details including your event budget readily available to upload.

Submit your application online

Successful applicants

If your application is successful, we will email you a signed copy of your event support fund application for you to execute and return to us. You will also receive an outline of the deliverables associated with our financial support of your event e.g. verbal and/or written acknowledgement, complimentary tickets to the event (if applicable) etc.

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

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

Last Reviewed: 19/02/2019

Contact information

Contact the event development team if you would like to discuss the funding of your event in more detail.


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