Warrnambool City Council is providing up to $10,000 in grant funding for local events held between May and November.
As part of city’s COVID recovery, Council’s Activate Warrnambool program is providing grants of up to $5000 for small and medium events and up to $10,000 for large events and festivals.
For small and medium events, no matched funding is required, which means that these events can be fully funded by an Activate Warrnambool grant.
In 2021, the program provided a combined $68,000 in funding to 12 events.
Acting Warrnambool Mayor Cr Debbie Arnott said that the aim of the program was to help foster events during the quieter months of the year.
“With the summer holiday period cut short for many, a strong off-peak period is even more important for our tourism and hospitality businesses,” she said.
“Warrnambool is an events city, and a busy events calendar helps to encourage more people to visit while providing fun things for locals to do.”
Raglan Presents was one of the 12 successful applicants in 2021, with funding helping to launch Downtown Festival.
Downtown was located at Lake Pertobe and hosted live music from Northeast Party House, local DJs with food trucks and art installations throughout the event.
Raglan Presents Director James Kol said that funding allowed him to confidently plan and execute a large scale music festival in the heart of Warrnambool during uncertain times.
“Without the backing of Activate Warrnambool, Raglan Presents would not have been able to present the festival at a level that we would expect due to the added expenses involved in making the event a COVID-safe experience,” he said.
“To attract people from outside of Warrnambool you need to put on an event worth travelling for and to do so can cost a lot of money.
“Activate Warrnambool was a great assistance package to help us create Downtown Festival and continue to grow the event for years to come.”
Applications close on April 11.
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