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Funding and Grants

The ACT Event Fund has been established as a key mechanism for stimulating and fostering a range of positive economic, social and community outcomes for the Canberra region through the festival and events sector.

It assists eligible event organisers to develop, market and promote their events in a way that helps maximise these outcomes, while also helping to fill identified calendar gaps and support sustainable growth opportunities.

Within that context, the aims and objectives of the ACT Event Fund are as follows:

• Facilitate a vibrant, innovative events culture within the ACT and help develop a diverse, year-round events calendar that minimises calendar gaps
• Encourage the involvement of local residents in events and festivals that facilitate positive interaction, cultural activity and a strong community identity
• Increase economic development opportunities and encourage tourist visitation for the ACT
• Provide support to events and festivals that are of high quality, well planned, well managed, viable and sustainable.

To find out more about the ACT Event Fund, including how to apply, please click here

In addition to the ACT Event Fund, a new Major Event Fund administered by VisitCanberra has been established to proactively acquire, create or develop tourism events that have the capacity to drive significant interstate and/or international visitation to the ACT.

The creation of the Major Event Fund aligns with the aims of the 2025 Major Events Strategy for the ACT.

To find out more about the Major Event Fund, including how to apply, visit

There are a variety of other grants programs coordinated by the ACT Government that may be of relevance. For more information visit the ACT Government Grants website  

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