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Funding rounds and decision dates:

Round 3 - OPEN NOW*

Closes 20 October 2023
Decisions released by 20 November 2023

The events we fund must:

  • Be community-driven events that enrich our communities through active participation and inclusion.

  • Align with our event funding values and at least one of our priorities.

We prioritise events that:

  • Are accessible for the community - free or low-cost entry.

  • Encourage participation and have widespread appeal within the community.

  • Support a varied community event portfolio. 

  • Highlight events of cultural and historical significance.

  • Engage local volunteers and help develop Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty‚Äôs volunteer workforce.

  • Secure a range of income streams through other funding sources.

We don't fund events that:

  • Are run by individuals. We will only grant funding to a legal entity/organisation. Informal groups can apply for up to $2,000 per event.

  • Are commercial ventures seeking significant profit.

  • Take place prior to an event funding decision being made.

  • Are primarily political, protests or for the purpose of religious persuasion.

  • Are primarily for the purpose of fundraising or may transfer funds to another party.

  • Are primarily focused on alcohol or gambling.

  • Are private functions, meetings, conventions, etc. Private is defined as any event where the general public aren't able to attend or purchase tickets.

  • Are markets, stand-alone installations, or exhibitions.

  • Are for research, feasibility, or evaluation of events outside of the event itself.

  • Require the funding to support the repayment of debt.

  • Support BAU operations, general salaries, rents, or other overhead costs, except as a proportion of the total event costs.

  • Support repairs/maintenance and capex projects outside of an event itself.

  • Occur outside of Tauranga City Council or Western Bay of Plenty District Council boundaries.

Our funding expectations:

  • Deliver your event based on the information supplied in your application.

  • Credit the Tauranga Western Bay Community Event Fund, where reasonably practical, on any promotional material.

  • Provide a post-event report within four weeks of the event that includes the following:

    • estimated attendance;

    • audience demographics;

    • general audience feedback or survey results;

    • significant learnings or successes;

    • an evaluation on how the event delivered on the event funding values (safety, inclusivity, and environmental);

    • an evaluation on how the event delivered on the event funding priorities (Arts and Culture, and Priority Spaces and Places);

    • a marketing and media summary (e.g. links to news articles, website traffic data, etc.);

    • a collection of high-resolution images from the event; and

    • a profit and loss report (with final income and expenditure).

Funding Partners: