Community events sponsorship

This fund supports community events sponsorship.

First-time applicants

Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal: Funding Portal - Apply Online  

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About community events sponsorship

Proposals are considered on an annual basis.  Contact us if you would like to discuss community event sponsorship outside of this timing. Find out when the Community Events Sponsorship is open: Funding Calendar

Community Events Sponsorship helps community events to succeed in Wellington through facilitation, partnering and advocating.

Our definition of a Community Event is where the target audience is a particular community or celebrates a particular community (geographic communities or communities with a shared interest or culture).  We are interested in supporting new ideas and events.

Past allocations (47KB)

Sponsorship objectives

    • To ensure that Wellington fosters diversity and culture within the community
    • To support a vibrant community and cultural events programme
    • To encourage community events and cultural festivals that contribute to local identity, social cohesion and resilience

Criteria

To find out more about the criteria, see the application guide: Community events sponsorship guide (59KB PDF)

You can apply if:

    1. You are from a legally constituted community group or organisation

    This includes:

    • charitable trusts
    • incorporated societies
    • limited or registered companies.

    We do not sponsor individuals through this sponsorship fund.

2. Audience demographic

Your event is:

  • Wellington-based and mainly benefits the community of Wellington
  • attracts an audience greater than 1000 people
  • accessible to diverse audiences and the wider community.

3. Financial sustainability

A percentage of your event income is self-generated and/or external funding (sponsorship and grants) is gained.

4. Cost to the public

Your event is free to attend or low-priced.

5. Credibility

Your organisers, contractors and sub-contractor are experienced and have a good reputation of event delivery and event safe practices.

As an applicant, you can provide evidence of sound financial management, good employment practice, clear and detailed planning and reporting processes.

6. Council’s strategic and event policy outcomes 

We support events that make a positive contribution to the Council’s strategic and event policy outcomes. 

To be eligible your event needs to connect to one or more outcomes of the Council's Events Policy, within the application we ask you to provide some specific outcomes and a description of how you will know whether you have been successful:

Events Policy community events outcomes:

  • Events that partner with mana whenua to develop, promote and deliver cultural events that profile mana whenua 
  • Events that support communities in creating their distinctive character
  • Strive to be an environmentally friendly event and sustainable in the long term
  • Events that promote inclusive, tolerant and strong communities
  • Events that contribute and celebrates the arts

Events Policy

More information

David Daniela
Senior Advisor City Events

Phone (04) 830 1259
Email david.daniela@wcc.govt.nz

Funding Advisor

Phone 04 803 8562
Email funding@wcc.govt.nz