Event funding applications open

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn District Council is calling for applications for funding of public events in the district.

The Event Fund was established in 2013 and is aimed at supporting large events which are held in Selwyn and are open to the public.

Last year the fund supported 14 events including the Hororata Highland Games, Rolleston Community Fireworks Night, Koru Games, Children’s Day, Lincoln Bioblitz and Darfield Artweek.

Council’s senior events and recreation advisor Dave Tippett said the Events Fund was previously administered in one annual funding round, but will now be open for two funding rounds annually, with a total of $50,000 available each year.

“The events fund has helped support and develop a great range of events within Selwyn,” Mr Tippett said.

“Events are a great community development tool and can bring our community together in a celebration, provide significant income for our district, and help make Selwyn a great place to live and visit.”

He said events should preferably be run by a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status, although applications from community organisations and individuals may be accepted.

To be eligible for a grant, events need to meet these criteria: the event attracts local, regional and international visitors; it contributes to key benefits identified in council’s Event Funding Policy and Guidelines; it helps to increase the range and diversity of events in Selwyn and it promotes the Selwyn district.

Information about the fund and application forms are available online at www.selwyn.govt.nz/eventsfund.