Read the information on this page, then register and apply online through our funding portal: Funding Portal - Apply Online.
The Community Events Sponsorship Guide (52KB PDF) should be downloaded and read alongside your application as it contains important section-by-section information on the funding request questions.
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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 (PDF, 53 KB)
- 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
To find out more about the criteria and section-by-section guidance on the funding request questions, see the Community events sponsorship guide (52KB PDF)
1. You are from a legally constituted community group or organisation
- 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.
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 outcomes defined by our Events Policy are:
- 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.
David Daniela, Senior Advisor City Events