Events program back

Mama Kin Spender, grant recipient under the Boutique Events Grants stream, performing at Anglesea event The Sound Doctor. (Patrick Callow)

The Surf Coast Shire Council’s Event Grants and Sponsorship Program is back again this year, with applications now open.

The program is available for not-for-profit and commercial event organisers holding an event in the Surf Coast under four funding streams.

Applications for Tourism Event Grants up to $10,000 and Boutique Creative/Special Focus Event Grants up to $7500 are open from February 1 to 28.

Councillor Libby Stapleton said she loved the “variety of events” each year and that the events calendar promoted diversity within the Surf Coast.

“Last year’s program reflected and celebrated the natural beauty of the Surf Coast Shire, the strong community bonds, and healthy lifestyles,” she said.

“We know funding assistance is welcome, and as a council, we love supporting an assortment of activities that bring significant economic and social benefits.

“From car shows, trail runs, and cycling events, to markets and festivals, I look forward to seeing the diversity of applications in the upcoming round.”

The program will feature changes adopted by the council in December, like removing a three-year waiting period for past recipients and allowing applicants to apply annually.

Other changes include a pass or fail outcome for applicants under Disability Access and Inclusion criteria, a Community Event grants stream released in April and October, and increased funding for Christmas Carols.

Community Event grants up to $3000 will be delivered in two rounds, with round one applications accepted from April 1 to 30 for 1 to December 24 events and round two applications open from October 1 to 31 for February 1 to June 30, 2025, events.

More details about the program and how to apply are available on the Surf Coast Shire council’s event grants and sponsorship guidelines page.