ACT Event Fund

Up to $30,000 is available from ACT Event Fund to help event organisers deliver, market and promote events and festivals within the ACT.


ACT Event Fund

The ACT Event Fund supports eligible event organisers to develop, market and promote their events, which enables a vibrant, innovative event culture within the ACT and assists in developing a diverse, year-round events calendar for locals and visitors alike.

The event or festival must occur between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.



Events ACT is recognised as the lead agency for the development and delivery of events in Canberra.

More specifically, Events ACT is responsible for:

  • Planning, marketing and delivering a quality suite of events for the city which provide strategic economic, community and social benefits. This event portfolio includes Floriade, Floriade NightFest, the Enlighten Festival, the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival, Reconciliation Day, Windows to the World, a new major winter event, and celebrations held in conjunction with Canberra Day, Australia Day and New Year’s Eve.
  • Providing leadership on event-related matters to the ACT Government and to the festivals and events sector, including new major event opportunities and event attraction.
  • Contributing to the development of the ACT’s festivals and events sector, including the management of funding opportunities and the provision of strategic planning support, advice and capacity building initiatives.



The ACT Event Fund supports festivals and events in the ACT. The aim of the fund is to:

  • facilitate an events culture in the ACT and help to develop a diverse events calendar during the year
  • encourage local residents to get involved in events
  • boost economic development and tourism for the ACT
  • provide support to events and festivals of a high quality



Part A: Main Round

Two streams of funding are available:

  • Tier 1 – single year funding of up to $15,000 for event organisers to support the presentation and delivery of their event or festival
  • Tier 2 – single year funding from $15,001 to $30,000 for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or potential to grow, or that encourage strong economic growth and tourist visitation to the ACT.

Part B: Community Event Funding

Community Event Funding has been established to provide support to creative individuals, groups or organisations with great ideas to deliver event and festival activity in Canberra’s town centres and suburbs (outside of the Canberra City centre and Parliamentary Triangle).

Community Event Funding offers support up to $15,000 for new or existing community events and festivals that are activated in suburbs and town centres. These events or festivals must be staged in the 2020 calendar year.


Eligible Projects

Eligible uses of funds include:

  • Marketing and Promotion: includes initiatives associated with raising the profile/awareness of the event and driving attendance.
  • Community Participation and Audience Development: includes initiatives that enhance community participation levels. Can include audience research, community forums and targeted campaigns.
  • Program Development: encompasses support for further development of an event program or adding a new component to an existing program.
  • Strategic Planning: can include engagement of short-term specialised personnel (up to 6 months) to further develop and/or market the event.
  • Hire of certain temporary infrastructure: such as equipment that improves disability access, overall visitor experience or the safety of the event (excludes temporary toilets, fencing and marquees). Please contact Events ACT for clarification if required.


Eligible Applicants

The applicant must be able to demonstrate the historical size of the event (or similar event/s) in terms of:

  • Total audience
  • Spectator numbers
  • Participant numbers; and
  • Media profile

Groups/ensembles, unincorporated associations and other bodies with no legal status must nominate a legally constituted organisation to take legal and financial responsibility for administering the grant if the application is successful.

Any legally recognised entity can administer a grant. Examples include:

  • Incorporated associations
  • Registered business; and
  • Companies limited by guarantee

The administering body must sign the application, receive the funds and be responsible for the administration of the grant, including the final acquittal.

The applicant must be able to provide strong supporting evidence/data on the proposed event impacts and their experience delivering similar events. Please contact Events ACT for clarification if required.

Applicants who are seeking funding support for more than one different event must complete a separate online application form for each. Keep in mind that these applications will be competing for funding.



Applications for Main Round close 2 September 2019, while Community Event Funding is open on an ongoing basis or until the designated funding allocation has been exhausted.


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