Event Infrastructure Incentives Scheme

Thank you for your interest. Applications have now closed - applicants will be notified of results from 15 December 2021.

Apply for up to $10,000 in matched funding for event infrastructure costs.

Council is committed to boosting the City economy by supporting local industries. The event industry is recovering and the City experienced a strong program of events in 2021, supported by $100,000 of funding from the Event Infrastructure incentives Schemes Round 1 and 2. 

The City of Adelaide and State Government of South Australia are providing a further $50,000 to enable a third round of incentives.

Eligible events are those held from January to June 2022 with a planned attendance of over 500 people. Event organisers can apply for funding to hire, purchase, store and maintain quality, either temporary or permanent, event infrastructure.

The Event Infrastructure Incentive Scheme is delivered by the City of Adelaide in partnership with the State Government of South Australia.

Government of South Australia


Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read through the program guidelines:



Key dates

Applications open15 November 2021
Applications close4 pm, 6 December 2021 (extended)
Assessment7 to 14 December 2021
Notification of resultsFrom 15 December 2021
Project datesJanuary to June 2022
Acquittal due11 August 2022

How to apply

1. Read the program guidelines (Word / PDF Version)

    2. Discuss your application with Elizabeth Jilbert, Projects Support Coordinator:

    [email protected]

    (08) 8203 7996

    3. Apply online via the SmartyGrants portal

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The amount available for each applicant is up to $10,000 in matched funding. You can apply for any amount up to $10,000.

    Event organisers who are holding a public event in public space for a minimum of 500 people in the City and North Adelaide up to 30 June 2022 are eligible to apply. The organiser can be:

    • Not-for-profit organisations and groups
    • Individuals and sole traders
    • Commercial organisations and social enterprises may also be considered where they deliver opportunities outside their usual business that focus on the arts, community benefit and strongly aligns with the program’s priorities.

    Yes, please contact:

    Elizabeth Jilbert

    Projects Support Coordinator:

    [email protected]

    (08) 8203 7996

    Successful applicants will be notified from 8 December 2021.

    No, we don’t. Only projects within the city including the CBD and North Adelaide including the Park Lands are eligible to receive funding.

    The funding is for the hire or purchase of necessary event infrastructure, which could include toilets, additional fencing, site signage (not advertising material), lighting, generators or staging. The funds cannot be used for the hire of a traffic management company.

    No. The scheme is to support the hire or purchase of event infrastructure only.

    As a City Council we look to support activities and events that are accessible to as many members of the community as possible. All events must be publicly accessible however they can be ticketed.

    Yes. An event which has received sponsorship or grant funding from City of Adelaide can apply, as long as the event infrastructure to be funded is not already funded by City of Adelaide as per your previous application and budget.

    Yes. However this Scheme is for infrastructure costs only, and they cannot be included in a funding request in another application to Council.

    No. Any Council fees or permits must still be applied and paid for.

    All successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal report on the project within 6 weeks of the event completion date.

    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 event 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 hire or purchase of the funded infrastructure as part of your acquittal.

    Your total event attendance must be over 500. This will be the estimated number of people attending in one day, or the cumulative/total number of people attending if your event runs over multiple days.

    Yes, although new events and events that will occur in underutilised spaces and pilot/potential Park Lands event sites will be regarded highly.

    We will work with successful partners to develop a funding agreement as soon as possible. Funds will be made available upon a co-signed agreement.

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

    Need more information?

    For more information please contact:

    Elizabeth Jilbert, Projects Support Coordinator:

    [email protected]

    (08) 8203 7996