Festivals and Events Grants and Partnership Program 2024-25

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The Warrnambool City Council has doubled the amount community events can apply for via its Festivals and Events Grants and Partnerships Program 2024/2025, with up to $10,000 available per event.

Applications for funding across five categories are now open, with a total pool of $200,000 allocated.

Applications close on Sunday June 23, with events to be delivered between August 6, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

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Warrnambool Mayor Ben Blain encouraged anyone looking for support for an existing event, or to start a new event, to apply.

“Council supports about 150 events each year either with in-kind support or financial backing, and we know how important they are for a thriving city,” he said.

“Whether it’s bringing people together, growing the economy or positioning Warrnambool as a destination for visitors, events can fill so many important roles and at Council, we are really excited to have this fund that allows us to continue to support and grow community delivered events in Warrnambool.

“You can just take a look at our What’s on Warrnambool website to see the huge variety of events being organised by some really passionate groups.

“Our recently adopted events strategy positions Council as largely a facilitator for events hosted by other businesses and community groups, and that’s why we’ve set $200,000 aside to help them succeed.

“With the cost of events going up, we’ve seen across Australia the toll this has taken, and that’s why we have increased the maximum funding for community events from $5000 to $10,000 to help organisers meet some of these rising costs and continue to deliver events that have so many benefits for Warrnambool.

“We have also added a new category this year for the acquisition of existing events. So if you are a community club or group, and your state or national association hosts a big tournament or event, we can make funding available to help bring it to Warrnambool.”

President of the Warrnambool Multicultural Association Daisy Ye said that support via the fund led to the establishment of the Warrnambool Multicultural Festival in 2022.

“This funding pretty much started everything for us,” she said.

“The impact is big, especially from the turnouts to the last two festivals. Each year we had more than 4000 people coming to see the performances, to try the international foods and to join in the intercultural engagement workshops.

“That shows that the local community is very welcoming and they would love to see more intercultural activities, they just need a group of people to make it happen.

“If you’re unsure where to start for your passionate project, whatever it is, as long as it’s contributing to the community and bringing the community together, I would encourage people to reach out to the events team, make some enquiries and put your application in.

“Don’t be shy, start with the first step.”