New funding streams for boutique creative and special focus events will add diversity to the support available for successful applicants from not-for-profit and commercial sectors.
The boutique creative funding category will support arts and cultural events which attract visitors from outside Surf Coast Shire, as well as enriching the lives of residents.
The Special focus category is designed to support events which champion social, cultural, health or environmental aspects in the community while attracting visitors from outside the shire.
Both categories offer grants from $500 to $7500.
Grants are also available for community events, $500-$3000, and tourism events, $2000-$10,000.
Event sponsorship is considered on application, with the application process highly competitive.
Grant application criteria considers opportunities for economic development, social and cultural benefits and event environmental sustainability.
The Event Grants and Sponsorship Program is open for applications from 1 to 28 February for events to be held in the shire between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
People can find more information, including the 2021-22 program guidelines via www.surfcoastevents.com.au.