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 2019 and 31 December 2019
    Period 2: Events taking place between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020
    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.
  • 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.


Event Funding Timeline

Period 1: Events taking place between 1 July 2019 and 31 December 2019
1 March 2019 - applications open online via MWRC website 
1 April 2019 - applications close
May 2019 - successful applicants advised
1 July 2019 - funding released (on receipt of invoice)   

Period 2: Events taking place between 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020
1 September 2019 - applications open online via MWRC website
1 October 2019 - applications close
December 2019 - successful applicants advised
1 January 2020- 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


The following events have been successful in receiving funding during Council’s recent rounds of Events Assistance Funding: