Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program

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City of Adelaide recognises the important role that events and festivals can play in the wellbeing of the community. In support of our city communities we are progressing the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program. Given the unknown status about events and the requirements for social distancing we appreciate that some activities may not be able to proceed as planned or at the time nominated. We will be pleased to still receive applications and to be flexible in the assessment process around delivery timeframe, dependent on official advice at that time.

The purpose of the City of Adelaide 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 2016-2020.

Applications for the 2020/2021 Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program are now open and close on Friday 24 April 2020.

This is the only opportunity to apply for sponsorship funding for events and festivals to be held between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.

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

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 Sponsorship Advisor if you are unsure which program is best suited to your event/festival.

Important dates

18 March 2020

Sponsorship applications open (one round only)

24 April 2020

Sponsorship applications close 5:00 pm

April-May 2020

Applications assessed

June 2020

Funding recommendations presented to Council for endorsement

July 2020

Applicants notified of funding request outcome

Successful Applicants 2019-2020

View successful applicants for the 2019/20 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
  • projects 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 (such as Park Lands, square, street) you are required to make a tentative booking prior to submitting your sponsorship application. View conditions, fees and the venue booking form. If the City of Adelaide approves your sponsorship 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

All Events and Festivals sponsorship applications can be made via online submission.

Preview the Events and Festivals application form

Before applying, you'll need to have the following ready:

  • A copy of your organisation's Certificate of Incorporation.
  • A copy of your organisation's most recent annual report and/or audited financial statement.
  • A fully costed budget for this event/festival. You may attach your own budget, or alternatively a template can be downloaded here. Please note that Council will not provide in-kind support in addition to cash sponsorship for this event/festival.
  • An event plan or running sheet describing the major elements of this event/festival.
  • A Marketing and Communications Plan.
  • An Economic Impact Statement/Report.
  • Any further information you think is relevant to this application.

Applications can be lodged until 5:00 pm on the closing date.
Please note: Late applications will not be accepted.


Need more information?

Paula Stankiewicz, Events and Festivals Sponsorship Advisor

08 8203 7318

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