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ACT Event Fund

The ACT Government is inviting applications to the ACT Event Fund from events and festivals that will take place in the 2021 calendar year.

Support under the ACT Event Fund 2021 is made available through a Main Round of funding (Part A) and Community Event Funding (Part B).


Funding support available through the Main Round has been categorised under two tiers. Events or festivals applying for funding under either of these tiers must be staged in the 2021 calendar year.

  • Tier 1: up to $15,000 for event organisers seeking general assistance to enhance the presentation and delivery of their event/festival and to support sustainability and growth.

  • Tier 2: from $15,001 to $30,000 for events that can demonstrate a strong track record of growth or growth potential, or that encourage tourist visitation and economic development opportunities.

The Main Round will remain open until Monday, 19 October 2020 at 12 noon. Please note that extensions will not be granted, and late applications will not be accepted.


Community Event Funding has been established to provide support to creative individuals, groups or organisations with great ideas to deliver event and festival activity in Canberra’s town centres and suburbs (outside of the Canberra City centre and Parliamentary Triangle).

Community Event Funding offers support up to $15,000 for new or existing community events and festivals that are activated in suburbs and town centres. These events or festivals must be staged in the 2021 calendar year.

Applications for Community Event Funding will remain open ongoing until the designated funding allocation has been exhausted.

Funding Guidelines and Useful Information

Before starting your funding application, please read the ACT Event Fund 2021 Guide for Applicants (PDF).

This document provides details about application eligibility, funding levels, the application process, assessment criteria and funding conditions for both Part A (Main Round: Tier 1 and Tier 2) and for Part B (Community Event Funding).

It is also recommended that you read the ACT Event Fund 2021 Handy Hints (PDF) to further assist you with your application and download the Sample Event Budget Template – which is referenced in the Handy Hints.

Application Forms

Part A (Main Round: Tier 1 and Tier 2)

The online application form is available -  click here.

Part B (Community Event Funding)

For details on the process of applying for Community Event Funding, please contact Events ACT via email at or by phoning (02) 6205 4324.

COVID Safe Event Protocol

A new COVID Safe Event Protocol has been developed to help keep the ACT COVID Safe and assist event organisers to abide by the Public Health Directions.  

Details can be found via the link: COVID Safe Event Protocol.

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