Events funding program

Council recognises the social, environmental and economic benefits that events bring to the Northern Grampians Shire. Events encourage social inclusiveness, celebrate diversity, and contribute to the vibrancy of our communities for residents and visitors alike.  Council is committed to supporting both community events and tourism events to establish and continue to thrive in our region.

Community events

Council understands the importance of community-driven events and is committed to building the capacity for community organisations to develop and implement successful events throughout the shire.  

Purpose of grant

This grant is a one-off grant to help establish your event for the first time.


All applications must:

  • be managed through a legal entity such as an incorporated association
  • be from a not-for-profit organisation
  • provide direct benefit to residents of the Northern Grampians Shire
  • be able to demonstrate financial viability and competence
  • be able to demonstrate a contribution to the project from your organisation through in-kind labour and materials or a cash contribution (including quotes and budgets)
  • provide a current financial statement of the organisation
  • be based in the Northern Grampians Shire
  • not already receive substantial support from council

Grant value

Community event funding: Up to $1,500

Timing availability

Ongoing. Applicants must have contacted and discussed their project with the community development officer at least 12 weeks before their project is due to commence.

Apply now

Event funding application form >> 

Tourism events


Council recognises the importance of tourism events that aim to boost economic growth by increasing visitor numbers and enhancing visitor experience in the Northern Grampians Shire.  Council currently supports a range of tourism events including, but not limited to, Grampians Grape Escape, Stawell Gift and Grampians Music Festival.

Purpose of grant 

The Tourism Event Funding Program (TEFP) aims to support events that:

  • attract significant visitor numbers to positively impact the Northern Grampians Shire visitor and tourism economy
  • enhance the vibrancy and diversity of visitor experience
  • celebrate existing tourism assets or aim to establish new tourism experiences
  • actively promote the region into intrastate, interstate or international markets
  • are financially sustainable long-term
  • contribute to Northern Grampians livability and well-being
  • strive for continuous improvement and innovation


To be eligible for the Tourism Events Funding Program applicants must:

  • demonstrate that the event aligns with the purpose of the program
  • demonstrate that the funding will support either:
    • an established tourism event to develop continuous improvement, innovation and growth
    • a new tourism event to establish for long-term sustainability and growth.
  • be deemed a tourism event (refer to the Tourism Event Funding Guidelines) or at the discretion of the Economic Development Reference Group EDRG (refer to Tourism Event Funding Policy);
  • be held in the Northern Grampians Shire
  • have Public Liability Insurance (of at least $10 million) for the duration of the event
  • demonstrate effective governance and management structures and a track record of successfully running events or demonstrate that the organisation has the capability to run a successful event
  • demonstrate the event’s potential for long-term sustainability following council’s support
  • be a public event, inclusive and accessible to everyone
  • provide documentation and evidence to meet the funding category criteria

Please note: If the event is being staged by a business, the business must be registered on the Australian Business Register. If the event is being staged by an event committee, the committee must be a registered incorporated association.

Grant value 

The TEFP has two funding streams:

Established Tourism Event Funding (ETEF)
$5,000 to $20,000 to assist event organisers to develop continuous improvement, innovation and growth.

New Tourism Event Funding (NTEF)
Up to $5,000 to assist event organisers to establish events for long term sustainability and growth.


Applications to the Tourism Event Funding Program are open all year round.

Apply now

Event funding application form >> 


An acquittal report ensures that grant recipients have administered grant funds responsibly and in line with the terms and conditions of the grant agreement. It consists of a written report that summarises the extent to which project outcomes were achieved, and a financial statement detailing how the funds were spent.

Council's grants program requires all grant recipients to complete and return an acquittal report within six months from the notification of grant approval. Failure to provide an acquittal makes an individual, group or organisation ineligible for future financial assistance.

Event funding grant acquittal >>