Festive and Commemorative Events Grants

Funding for community-led Christmas, New Year, Australia Day, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day community events.

Festive and Commemorative Events grants support costs associated with delivering the following community-led event types only:

  • Festive Season Events - Christmas, New Year (31 December/1 January) and Australia Day
  • Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Applications for funding for all other types of events can be submitted in the major or minor grant rounds under the category most relevant to the focus of the event.

Information on eligibility, category priorities and assessment criteria

Community Grants guidelines (PDF, 301KB) updated January 2024

What funding is available?

  • Up to $15,000 for regional events
  • Up to $3000 for local events.

Well-established community organisations with a proven track record of delivering festive or commemorative community-led events can apply for up to three years funding.

When funding is available?

Applications for multi-year funding open 1 June and close 31 July 2024. Multi-year applications can be submitted for the following events:

  • Festive Season – Christmas/New Year 2024, 2025, 2026
  • Australia Day – 2025, 2026, 2027
  • Anzac Day – 2025, 2026, 2027
  • Remembrance Day – 2025, 2026, 2027.

Applications for single-year funding open 1 June 2024 and are open year-round, closing for assessment every three months.

Note: Applications for 2024 Christmas/New Year and 2025 Australia Day events must be submitted by 31 October 2024.

Note: Applications for 2025 Anzac events must be submitted by 31 January 2025.

Please see below for round close key dates to assist with planning:

Round Closing DatesNotes
31 July 2024Multi-year requests for up to 3 years of funding can be submitted in this round only
31 October 2024Final date for 2024 Christmas/New Year events
31 January 2025Final date for 2025 Anzac events
30 April 2025
31 July 2025Multi-year requests for up to 2 years of funding can be submitted in this round only
31 October 2025Final date for 2025 Christmas/New Year events
31 January 2026Final date for 2026 Anzac events
30 April 2026
31 July 2026No multi-year requests this year as it is the third year of the three year cycle
31 October 2026Final date for 2026 Christmas/New Year events
31 January 2027Final date for 2027 Anzac events
30 April 2027

When will I know if I have been successful?

  • Notification is approximately 3 weeks from round close (applications are assessed every three months).

How to apply

  • If you are new to this program, or if you have been receiving single year funding and now want to apply for multi-year funding, you need to discuss your project with one of Council's Creative Arts & Events team representatives as below. (Do not phone if you are an existing applicant who has already received a link to the application form.) 
      • Janine - 0488 980 371
      • Kerrie - 0488 680 232
  • If approved to progress, a link to the application form will be emailed to you.
  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Applications must be submitted before starting the project.
  • Events must be scheduled to take place after notification of funding outcomes.

What else should I consider when applying for funding?

Variations to already funded projects

If you require a project variation or an extension of your project dates, contact the Grants Team via [email protected] with the details of your issue.