Events & Festivals Funding Opportunities

The Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) invests in an annual calendar of events and festivals, on behalf of the City of Adelaide (CoA), to drive visitation, spend and support for local businesses, as well as increase the profile of the city and North Adelaide as a tourist destination. The calendar includes a mix of arts, culture, music, sport and food and wine events held throughout the year. 

Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program

The Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program is designed to provide financial support to eligible not-for-profit organisations to assist in the staging of public-facing medium and major events and festivals that create a vibrant and dynamic city experience and support the outcomes of the City of Adelaide (CoA) Strategic Plan 2024-2028 and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) Business Plan FY 2023/24.

Applications for the 2024/2025 Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program are now open and close on Friday 19 April 2024.

This is the only opportunity to apply for sponsorship funding for events and festivals held between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025. 


How to apply

Before commencing an application, you must: 

  • Read the Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program Application Guidelines in full to ensure your organisation and event/festival meet the eligibility criteria; and
  • Contact the Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor, Paula Stankiewicz, via 08 8203 7318 to discuss your application.
  • Suitable requests can then complete an online application form via SmartyGrants.

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    Late applications will not be accepted.

    Applications can be lodged until 5:00 pm on the closing date.


    Important Dates

    • 18 March 2024 Sponsorship applications open (one round only)
    • 19 April 2024 Sponsorship applications close 5:00 pm 
    • May 2024 Applications assessed and then reviewed by advisory panel
    • May 2024 Funding recommendations presented to AEDA Board for consideration
    • June 2024 Funding recommendations presented to CEO/Council for approval
    • Late June 2024 Applicants notified of funding request outcome

      Need more information?

      For more information and to discuss your request, please contact: 

      Paula Stankiewicz, Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor

      08 8203 7318

      Please see the list of 2023/24 successful applicants here.


      Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program

      The Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program is designed to provide financial support to eligible for-profit organisations to assist in the staging of events and festivals that create a vibrant and dynamic city experience and support the outcomes of the City of Adelaide (CoA) Strategic Plan 2024-2028 and the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) Business Plan FY 2023/24.

      AEDA invests in an annual calendar of events and festivals, on behalf of CoA, to drive visitation, spend and support for local businesses as well as increase the profile of the city and North Adelaide as a tourist destination. The calendar includes a mix of arts, culture, music, sport and food and wine events held throughout the year.

      The Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program is administered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide (CoA).

      Round 2 of the Commercial Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program will offer one category of funding designed to assist in the staging of small-medium events and festivals that drive visitation, economic activity and vibrancy for the city.

      Please note: the Medium-Large category will not be offered in Round 2 as the funding allocation for this category was exhausted in Round 1.


      Important dates

      Round 2 - APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

      View the program guidelines

      For more information and to discuss your request, please contact:

      James Landseer, Sponsorship and Partnership Coordinator

      08 8203 7802


      Please see the list of 2024 Round 2 successful applicants.

      Please see the list of 2024 Round 1 successful applicants.