Events & Festivals Funding Opportunities

The Strategic Events Fund and Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program are designed to provide financial support to eligible organisations to assist in the staging of events and festivals held within the City of Adelaide boundary and are administered by the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA), a subsidiary of the City of Adelaide (CoA).

Strategic Events Fund

AEDA and the CoA have established the Strategic Events Fund which will offer two categories of funding designed to assist in the staging of events that drive visitation, economic activity and vibrancy in the city. Event and festival organisers are encouraged to apply for funding to further enhance their event.

These categories include new events which may receive up to $100,000 in funding and expansion of existing events which may receive up to $50,000 in funding.

Who is eligible?

Requests will be considered from:

  • Not-for-profits including: 
    • Incorporated Associations
    • Companies Limited by Guarantee
    • Incorporated Aboriginal Associations
  • Individuals, sole traders or commercial organisations/businesses.

The event has to be held within the CoA boundary and begins prior to 30 June 2023.

How to apply

Before commencing an application, you must:

  • Read the Strategic Events Fund Guidelines to ensure your organisation and event/festival meet the eligibility criteria for the category selected; and
  • Contact the Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor, Paula Stankiewicz, via 08 8203 7318.

Suitable requests may be invited to complete an online application form via SmartyGrants.

APPLY NOW for New Events

APPLY NOW for Expansion of Existing Events

Applications close 5:00 pm 31 March 2023 unless funds are exhausted prior. Applications must be received at a minimum of 10 weeks prior to the event/festival start date.

Need more information?

For general enquiries please contact Paula Stankiewicz, Event Sponsorship and Attraction Advisor at or 08 8203 7318 during office hours.

Events & Festivals Sponsorship Program

Applications for the 2022/23 Events and Festivals Sponsorship Program are now CLOSED. The next round will reopen in 2023. 

Please see the list for 2022/23 successful applicants here.

Please see the 2022/23 Application Guidelines here.