Destination Event Funding Program

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As part of Council’s Tourism and Events Strategy, Destination Kiama is keen to hear from and work with Destination Events.

Destination Events are those events that attract people to our area, from outside our area. These are events that are located in the Kiama Local Government Area (LGA), attracting significant attendees/participants and that are keen to promote our destination.

Destination Event organisers are invited and encouraged to contact our Event Coordinators with any questions or queries, whether that be in relation to checking the events calendar for date availability, discussing event promotion, packaging, ideas and/or partnerships at or on (02) 4232 0444

Applications closed

Applications for the latest round of funding are now closed. 

With applications having been assessed, the recommendations will be presented to Council at the February meeting

Grant recipients will be notified following the meeting.

Our next round of funding is expected to be available in July 2024.

If you'd like to be notified when changes are made to this funding page, including the release of dates for funding rounds, please subscribe at the bottom of this page.

We've recorded a webinar which runs through the application process and provides hints and tips, including how to use the new ‘SmartyGrants’ platform to make your funding application. 

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1.Guidelines

Read the Events and funding guidelines(PDF, 905KB) and eligibility

Step 2.Plan & budget

Determine your event plan and budget(XLSX, 120KB)

Step 3.Submit

Applications are now closed. Subscribe at the bottom of this page for updates.

Click here to view an example of the the online application form(PDF, 156KB)

Step 4.Evaluation

Submitted applications are evaluated against criteria

Step 5.Council adopt

Recommendations adopted by Council

Step 6.Notification

Event organisers are notified

Step 7.Terms

Agreement signed

Step 8.Marketing plan

50% paid with receipt of marketing plan(DOCX, 33KB)

Step 9.Event report

50% paid with receipt of post event report(DOCX, 35KB)

Council's Destination Event Funding recipients:

Round 1 FY 2022-23

Folk by the Sea $3,000.00
Red Hot Summer Concert $5,000.00
Jamberoo Car Show and Family Day $3,000.00
Seaside and Valley Veterans Golf Tournament $600.00
Volleyball NSW Youth Championship $4,000.00
Kiama I do $4,500.00
Kiama Coastal Classic $5,000.00
Wind and Waves Festival $5,000.00
Kiama Rugby Sevens $7,500.00
Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival $6,000.00
(+$16,000 via Council resolution)
Changing Tides Music Festival $8,000.00
Gerringong SurfLife Music Festival $8,000.00
Clearly Music and Arts Festival $5,000.00
Surfing NSW - Her Wave Teams Classic $12,250.00


Round 1 FY 2023-24

The Australian Bodysurfing Classic $4,860
Kiama Folk by the Sea $6,000
Kiamasala $10,000
Evening with the Artists $2,000
Volleyball NSW State Tour $3,000
Seaside and Valley Veterans Golf Tournament $600
Kiama Music & Arts present Terry Christmas featuring The Terrys & friends $4,000
Red Hot Summer Concert $7,500
Kiama Rugby Sevens $10,000
Kiama Beach Tag 2024 $11,500
Spiegelesque Gerringong $4,000
SurfLife Music Festival Gerringong $10,000



Round 2 FY 2023-24

Melvo Baptiste $2,000
Winter Wine Festival $5,220
Kiama Coastal Classic $4,000
Books by the Sea $4,500
KISS Arts Festival $8,000
Jamberoo Music Festival $7,200
Jamberoo Car Show and Family Day $5,000
Clearly Music Local Artists 2024 Campaign $6,000