Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program

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Annual Program

The Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program is administered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide.

The purpose of the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program is to provide financial support to eligible groups and organisations to assist in the staging of events and festivals that support the outcomes of the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-2024.

Applications for the 2021-22 Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program are now open and close on Friday 7 May 2021.

This is the only opportunity to apply for sponsorship funding for events and festivals to be held between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.

Biennial events, currently in their off-year, are also permitted to apply for funding at this time.

Important dates

26 March 2021

Sponsorship applications open (one round only)

7 May 2021

Sponsorship applications close 5:00 pm

May-June 2021

Applications assessed and then reviewed by advisory panel

June 2021

Funding recommendations presented to AEDA Board for consideration

July 2021

Funding recommendations presented to CEO/Council for approval

July 2021

Applicants notified of funding request outcome

Successful Applicants 2020-2021

View successful applicants for the 2020/21 Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program.

Prior to applying
Applicants must read the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Guidelines prior to applying.

These guidelines cover:

  • The type of event/festival that might be funded
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Requests that won’t be funded
  • The application and assessment process

Applicants are also encouraged to refer to the following City of Adelaide documents prior to submitting an application:

If you are using an outdoor public space for your event/festival (eg Park Lands, square, street) you are required to make a tentative booking prior to submitting your sponsorship application. Conditions, fees and the application form can be accessed via the spaces for events page. If the City of Adelaide approves your application for funding, you are responsible for confirming your venue booking and for all infrastructure required to hold your event or festival.

How to apply
Events and Festivals Sponsorship application forms must be completed online via SmartyGrants.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications can be lodged until 5:00 pm on the closing date.


Note for Multicultural Festivals and Events

Small and medium scale multicultural events and festivals managed by community organisations are encouraged to seek opportunities via the City of Adelaide Community Development Grants Program.

Large scale multicultural festivals and events meeting the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for funding through the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program.

Please contact the Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor if you are unsure which program is best suited to your event/festival.

Need more information?

Paula Stankiewicz, Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor

08 8203 7318

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Quick Response Program

As a result of physical distancing requirements associated with COVID-19 there has been significant disruption to the events sector.

In response to these impacts, once-off sponsorship funding of up to $10,000 is now available for eligible requests to support events and festivals held throughout 2020-21. Council may consider requests for support for the purpose of assisting events and festivals to react, adapt and transition in the current climate.

As at 31 March 2021, the funding pool is $34,000 and is subject to change.

Applications are open until 31 May 2021 or until funds are exhausted.

Prior to applying
Please read the Quick Response Guidelines to find out if your request is eligible for consideration.

Applicants are also encouraged to refer to the City of Adelaide Strategic Plan 2020-24 before applying.

How to apply

All requests must be submitted via an online application.

Preview the application form here.


Need more information?

Paula Stankiewicz, Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor

08 8203 7318