Events Assistance Program

Mid-Western Regional Council’s Events Assistance Program is designed to assist local community events which benefit the local economy and attract visitors to the region. Prior to completing your application, please ensure you have read the eligibility guidelines & criteria to ensure you are eligible to apply for Events Assistance Funding.

Please note:

  • Only not-for-profit events are eligible to apply for Events Assistance funding.
  • Events can apply for up to a maximum of $2,500 cash or in-kind for events. The final funding amount will be determined by Council.
  • There will be two application periods:
    Period 1: Events taking place between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017
    Period 2: Events taking place between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018
    Please see below further details on application timelines.
  • Events can only apply for Events Assistance funding if no other Council funding (including financial assistance) has been provided for the same event in the same year.
  • All applications must be received no later than then the funding period deadline. Please refer to eligibility criteria and guidelines for timeline.


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
FOR EVENTS TAKING PLACE BETWEEN
1 JANUARY AND 30 JUNE 2018

If you are applying for in-kind assistance, please refer to Council's current fees and charges prior to completing your application.

For further details, please contact Council's Events Coordinator on 6378 2850.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA & GUIDELINES

Event Funding Timeline

Period 1: Events taking place between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017
1 March 2017 - applications open online via MWRC website 
1 April 2017 - applications close
May 2017 - successful applicants advised
1 July 2017 - funding released (on receipt of invoice)   

Period 2: Events taking place between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2018
1 September 2017 - applications open online via MWRC website
1 October 2017 - applications close
December 2017 - successful applicants advised
1 January 2018 - funding released (on receipt of invoice)             

 

Assessment Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Clearly state the aims, objectives and desired outcomes of the event
  • Ensure the event creates and promotes a positive image of the Mid-Western Region
  • Demonstrate the estimated number of locals and visitors who will be attracted to the event (and provide final accurate attendance figures post-event)
  • Demonstrate a high level of support from the local community, local businesses and establish a strong committee of volunteers
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully market and promote the event
  • Be not-for-profit
  • Demonstrate the ability for the event to continue and develop in future years
  • Demonstrate other forms of sponsorship, financial income and support for the event
  • Demonstrate the expected economic impact and sustainability of the event (and provide final figures post-event)
  • Hold current Public Liability insurance. A Certificate of Currency must be received by Council before funding can be released
  • Ensure the Council logo is used on all marketing material and that all material be approved by Council prior to going to print
  • Provide a post-event evaluation including photos, press clippings, copies of all marketing material, attendance figures, economic benefit of the event, involvement of the local community (including volunteers and businesses). Failure to provide a post-event evaluation report will result in the applicant/event not being eligible for future funding.

Ineligible Applications/Activities:

  • Events not staged in the Mid-Western LGA
  • Events run for commercial profit
  • Events which have already received funding from Council for the same event in the same year
  • Payment of wages or day-to-day operation funding for the organisation
  • Events with potential safety and/or environment hazards
  • Events which have received funding for three (3) consecutive years prior (by discretion of Council)

 

The following events were successful in receiving funding during Council’s latest round of Events Assistance Funding (July to December 2017 Events):