Christmas Incentive Scheme Grants

Funding available up to $10,000

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Thank you for your interest. Applications are now closed.

For other funding opportunities we encourage you to explore our Community impact grants & strategic partnerships.

Calling all musicians, performers, businesses and event organisers! 

Grants are available for live music, performances, community events or small festivals that create a vibrant city culture through the 2021 Christmas Festival.

From choirs performing on the streets of North Adelaide, to a mini festival full of Christmas spirit, we welcome and support creative and innovative ideas, big or small!

Funding available

The City of Adelaide will provide a one-off incentive to eligible individuals, businesses and community organisations that can deliver on one or more of the below categories:

Live music and performances

  • Up to $1,000 funding for a single musician/band. This can be for more than one performance and more than one location.
  • Up to $3,000 funding to deliver a series or larger program of performances.

Outdoor community events and small festivals

  • Up to $10,000 funding will be considered to cover costs associated with event delivery (City of Adelaide fees, infrastructure, promotions, event management), and artists fees. Community celebrations and public workshops will be considered.

The 2021 Christmas Festival will be taking place from 14 November to 25 December 2021. All events will be promoted as part of the 2021 Christmas Festival.

Information session webinar

Catch up on our webinar to get more information on the 2021 Christmas Incentive Scheme opportunities and meet the team administering the program. 



Program Guidelines

Please read the Program Guidelines and FAQ below before proceeding with your application.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is dependent on which category your project falls into. Please refer to the 'Funding Available' information on page 2 of the Christmas Incentive Scheme Guidelines.

The Christmas Incentive Scheme is a funding opportunity available to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations and groups including: Incorporated associations and companies limited by guarantee, precinct groups; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations (under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006); Adelaide cultural organisations.
  • Unincorporated groups. These must be Auspiced by an incorporated association that will take legal and financial responsibility for the administration of funds.
  • Individual, sole traders and commercial organisations/businesses.

Notification of results will occur from 29 September 2021.

No, we don’t. Only projects within Adelaide (5000) and North Adelaide (5006) are eligible to receive funding for this grant.

For live music / performances only: City of Adelaide will issue a special permit for live music / performances which may not incur a fee, subject to final approval from the Events Department. A busking permit is not required.

For events / markets only: For Christmas activities taking place in the public realm (squares, roads, parks) we will work with you to issue a permit for your activity. Please take note of any additional fees and charges for City of Adelaide services that your activity may induce.

For activities on private property: you will be required to upload written evidence of approval from business / property owner as part of your application.

If applicants have received other types of funding from City of Adelaide for the same project / activity they are not eligible to apply for this funding.

Yes - there may be fees associated required to be paid for your project. You can include these fees in your grant application. Please take note of any additional fees and charges for City of Adelaide services that your activity may induce.

No - any Council fees for activities must still be applied and paid for. You can include these fees in your grant application.

All successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal report on the project by the end of February 2022. We will provide you with an acquittal reporting template once you sign your funding agreement and this is what you need to complete and return to us to let us know how your improvement project went and what the funding was spent on.

Applicants who do not complete and return an acquittal report will be ineligible for any future applications and funding.

Yes - we require you to provide the receipts and/or invoices for purchases or payments.

If successful, applicants will work with us to develop a funding agreement as soon as possible, with funding available upon a co-signed agreement.

We understand that some activities may be affected due to COVID-19 and we will work with successful applicants to alter the agreement if postponement is required.

Got questions?

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with Elizabeth Jilbert, Projects Support Officer, before proceeding.

(08) 8203 7996