Event Grants


Community Events and Festivals Grants

Up to $10,000 for larger community-run events and festivals which advance and encourage the participation of members of the Ballarat community in community life. Please see the grant application and guidelines below:

Tourism Events GrantsTop of document.

Up to $25,000 for projects, festivals, events or activities which advance and encourage increased visitation, participation and yield and/or contribute to the presentation or marketing of Ballarat as a tourism destination of choice. Applications may be taken from not-for-profit and for-profit organisations and businesses. Specific assessment criteria will apply regarding value for money, increased visitor numbers and increased yield, this may include sporting events. Please see the grant application and guidelines below:

General Grant ConditionsTop of document.

Successful applications will adhere to the following conditions:

  • All events, projects and activities must be based in the City of Ballarat or otherwise provide evidence that the project/event/activity will involve and support a significant amount of people from the municipality
  • Grants are allocated specifically for the project and cannot be used for any other purpose without prior formal written agreement from Council.
  • All activities to be undertaken must obtain the relevant consent, permit or approval prior to commencement.
  • Unless otherwise approved, organisations are required to sign an agreement with Council.
  • Unless otherwise exempt, programs or activities undertaken with grants must acknowledge the support of the City of Ballarat.
  • Organisations are required to meet all relevant legislative requirements (e.g. Occupational Health & Safety, Risk, Equal Opportunity, Workcover).
  • Organisations are required to ensure volunteers are registered with the organisation and adequately covered by insurance.
  • Unless otherwise exempt, applicants are to demonstrate a minimum dollar for dollar contribution to the project through funds, fundraising, sponsorship or in kind support.
  • Only one application per organisation per grant program is allowed in any given financial year.
  • All applications will be assessed on a case by case basis and are subject to the availability of funding.
  • Unless otherwise approved, all applications must be submitted using the appropriate form prior to the activity commencing.
  • Funds are required to be expended within 12 months of the letter of offer. Funds not expended by this date are to be returned to the City of Ballarat unless a written extension is obtained from Council.
  • Unless otherwise exempt, successful organisations will be required to provide Council with a tax invoice if they are registered for GST, or an invoice if they have an ABN but not registered for GST, or an invoice and signed ‘statement by supplier’ if they do not
  • Unless otherwise approved, a signed acquittal report must be submitted to Council within one month of completion of the activity. Organisations who fail to provide an acquittal report where required to do so will be ineligible for any further funding from Council.

View the Grants Policy for more information.

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