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Festivals and Events, The Facts

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Festivals and Events, The Facts

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A recent review of the Festivals and Events Grants process determined that grants will now be available once per calendar year, subject to available funds. This decision aims to provide a fair and equitable process across all events in the Shire and will offer different categories of funding based on the merits and eligibility criteria of each applicant.

Applications will be assessed by an internal working committee with recommendations being presented to Council for approval and resolution.


  • Applications open, Monday 11 September 2017
  • Applications close, Friday 6 October 2017
  • Assessment and review, October 2017
  • Report to Council for resolution, November 2017
  • Applicant notification, November/ December 2017

These timelines may alter slightly in future years, with notice.

Early planning is important to the success of your festival or event. In order for Council to provide a smooth application process and to avoid disappointment, please allow a minimum of 6 months for any additional approvals required. For example; Use of Public Land, Development Application, Traffic Control Management Plan and Road Closure.


Council has a limited budget of $45,000 to allocate towards Festivals and Events. As a result not all applications are guaranteed to receive funding. 

Allocation of funds for the remainder of 2017 has already been exhausted. The next round of funding will commence from January 2018.

Tools & Resources

By visiting Council’s website and exploring our new Festivals and Events web page, you will find useful links and resources to assist with all elements of event management.

Information regarding grants, use of public land, road closures, traffic management plans, risk assessments, Insurance, planning tools and development application can all be located on Council’s website via our new Festivals and Events webpage.


Please take the time to explore our Event Management Guidelines and tools on Councils website via our new Festivals and Events webpage.

No matter what size or category of festivals and events grant you are applying for, Council endeavours to provide clear and useful information to assist you with your application.

If you have explored our Event Management Guidelines and tools page and you still require further information regarding your grant application, festival or event, please contact Council’s Events Liaison Officer, Tamara Whiting on: 02 6499 2394 or

We are here to help!


In an effort to streamline the Festivals and Events grant application process, an online application form has been developed. This form outlines eligibility criteria and guidelines required to successfully complete your grant application.

Forms are located on Council’s website on our new Festivals and Events webpage


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