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Event funding for Tauranga

As the local events industry begins its COVID-19 recovery, Tauranga City Council have opened several funding rounds to support this next phase. 

Tauranga City Council’s event funding framework consists of four event funds. Council aims to provide a balance of event activity across their portfolio of funded events, so that we all can enjoy a wide range of sporting, performing arts, cultural events and more.

The Community Event Fund, Event Support Fund and Major Event Fund are all now open for application. The funding rounds will close at 5pm on 30 August 2020, and successful applicants will be notified by 14 September 2020 at the latest.

Community Event Fund

  • If you have a great community event in mind and need some financial support to realise your idea, Council’s community event fund may be able to assist. The fund provides limited financial support to one-off or recurring community-focused and/or community-led events that deliver positive social outcomes for our diverse community and encourage civic pride. The maximum grant is $4,000 +GST however the majority of grants are $2,500 +GST per event. Find out more.

Event Support Fund

  • If you’ve looked into Council’s 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 Council’s event funding values and priorities. Consider it an intermediary step between our community and major event funds. The maximum grant is $15,000 +GST however the majority of grants are $5,000 +GST per event. Find out more.

Major Event Fund

  • The major event fund is designed to attract, grow and enhance major events that add to the vibrancy and economic growth of the city. Major events will showcase Tauranga as a premiere event destination and an exciting place to live, work, play and visit. The maximum grant is $100,000 +GST per event year and there is no minimum funding level. In exceptional circumstances, increased funding can be considered at the discretion of Council. Find out more.


You can find out more about Tauranga City Council’s event funding framework on their website.

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