Special Event Fund

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Special Event Fund, administered by VisitCanberra, seeks to invest in major events that provide the opportunity to increase promotion of the ACT and Canberra region in the domestic and international market - with a view to drive increased interstate and international visitation and generate positive economic outcomes to the Territory.

Special Event Funding is available on a minimum dollar for dollar basis for funding of interstate and/or international marketing activities for events or exhibitions staged within the ACT. The co-operative nature of the Special Event Fund requires major investment by event partners to fund the necessary acquisition, creation and/or development of the exhibition or event.

 VisitCanberra seeks to broaden the ACT annual events calendar through the acquisition, creation and/or development of major tourism events.  Specifically, focusing its attention on events that:

  • create positive economic outcomes through tourism for the ACT;
  • provides opportunities for the marketing and promotion of the ACT both nationally and internationally; and
  • contributes to the brand enhancement of the ACT and Canberra region as a tourism destination.

A ‘Special Event’ is defined as an irregular or one-off event or exhibition that has the ability to attract significant interstate and international visitation and focus positive national and international attention on the ACT

Special event funding is available to eligible businesses, companies or associations that propose an event or event concept the satisfies the requirements of the special event definition and is available on a minimum dollar for dollar basis for funding of interstate and/or international marketing activities for events or exhibitions staged within the ACT. Funds are not to be used to cover costs associated with the operational delivery of the event.

The Special Event Fund will open on 1 July 2015. Under a single round, applications may be submitted at anytime during the period up to 30 April 2017, or when all available funds have been allocated, whichever comes first. Funding for this initiative has been provided for two financial years 2015/16 and 2016/17 and is available for events that will be staged before 30 June 2017. The minimum amount of funding per application that may be applied for is $200,000 (excluding GST) and a maximum amount of $500,000 (excluding GST).

Applications for funding must comprise of a supporting business case that clearly outlines the details of the event, including how the proposed event satisfies the requirements of the ‘Special Event’ definition.

The business case must comprise of the following:

  1. Completion of the Special Event Fund Application Form; and
  2. A statement of claims against the Special Event Fund criteria.

pdf Special Event Fund Guidelines

pdf Special Event Fund Application Form

For further information contact

Jo Verden
Deputy Director
VisitCanberra
02 6205 0554
jo.verden@act.gov.au


DISCLAIMER

VisitCanberra reserves the right to not assess applications that do not provide all requested information, or do not otherwise comply with the requirements of the Special Event Fund.