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

There will be two Destination Event Funding rounds in the 2023-24 financial year.

One that opened on 11 May and is closing 22 June 2023 and the second opening in December and closing in January 2024.

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

Complete and submit the online application (when applications are open).

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)

 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