Sponsorship and support for events that enhance regional and local Christchurch as a place to live and visit and to strengthen the distinctive lifestyle, qualities and identity of Christchurch.

The Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund will open Monday 9 March 2020

The Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund opens once per year for applications. The fund will open for applications on Monday 9 March 2020, closing Wednesday 15 April 2020.

If you wish to be added to our database and receive updates on this fund or discuss your event with an advisor, please send your details and requests through to eventsfunding@ccc.govt.nz.

Events policy framework goals

In accordance with the Events Policy Framework(external link) the following goals have been set for what the city aims to achieve through involvement in events:

  • A well-balanced and coordinated calendar of events to create a more vibrant place year round – for residents and visitors.
  • A variety of events are accessible for residents and visitors.
  • A range of socially inclusive events reflect the diversity of people and communities in Christchurch and assist in the city’s regeneration.
  • Christchurch enhances its reputation as an events-friendly city; it becomes known as an easy place to hold events with a smooth and efficient consenting process.
  • Leverage and legacy opportunities are identified and taken when hosting events in Christchurch.
  • All events promote one or more of the Council’s community outcomes.
  • A number of major events attract visitors to the city and boost the economy.
  • To encourage local talent to emerge and thrive in Christchurch.
  • Our events aim to:
    • be environmentally sustainable with efficient use of resources, minimal impact on the natural environment and implementation of sustainable practices (e.g. effective waste management and recycling systems etc.)
    • be financially viable (can include social outcomes in any cost/benefit analysis) minimise any negative impacts on neighbourhoods
    • be universally accessible
    • support healthy lifestyles
    • promote the use of public, active, and shared transport.

Roles and responsibilities

In late December 2017, the Council adopted an Events Policy Framework to replace the 2007–2017 Events Strategy. The purpose of this framework is to:

  1. Update the vision for events in Christchurch
  2. Enable Christchurch to be a more appealing and efficient place to hold events 
  3. Guide the development of, and to outline responsibility for, all event plans including the Major Events Strategy developed by ChristchurchNZ (adopted December 2018) and the Community Events Implementation Plan, to be developed in 2018 by Council.

The Council and ChristchurchNZ have key roles to play in the events industry. Responsibility for different types of events will be split between the Council and ChristchurchNZ:

  • Mega and Major Events will be the responsibility of ChristchurchNZ
  • Regional, Local, and Community events will remain the responsibility of the Council
Responsibility of ChristchurchNZ
International participants and audience Attract large number of national and international spectators and participants
Extensive international media coverage National or international interest and media attention
Significant and widespread benefits Pivotal to Christchurch Identity
New Zealand Major Events or National Sporting Body has been given hosting rights Increase tourism revenue e.g. length of stay
Leverage and legacy opportunities Leverage and legacy opportunities
Multiple agency involvement Adds vibrancy to the central city
New business/trade opportunities  


Responsibility of Christchurch City Council
National or regional participation and audiences Local participants Local suburb or community participants and audiences
National and local media coverage Local media coverage Minimal media coverage
Primarily delivers social or recreational outcomes Social and civic benefits Benefits to suburb or community
May have large numbers Civic ceremonies, commemorations and events Foster community spirit – participation and volunteerism. Typically held by or in partnership with not-for-profit or community groups
May involve utilisation of Council facilities such as Ngā Puna Wai and Metro Sports Local volunteers Opportunities for recreation, entertainment and celebration
Primary Council involvement through Events and Arts Team Primary Council involvement through Events and Arts Team Primary Council involvement through Community Recreation Advisors and Community Boards

*Note that Council continue to provide the necessary regulatory and compliance functions for all events. 

If your event falls within the Major or Mega categories, please do not apply to this fund and visit the ChristchurchNZ website for more information: https://www.christchurchnz.org.nz/(external link)

All Regional, Local and Community events are the responsibility of the Council. 

Applying for funding

Before you apply for Events and Festivals Sponsorship Funding from the Christchurch City Council, please make sure you:

  • read this guide carefully to ensure you fully understand the eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and any post-event requirements
  • prepare any required information including the budget and business plan
  • provide all supporting information 

Please submit your application by midnight, Sunday 7 April 2019. Before you submit your application, please ensure that you review the funding checklist.

A panel will review applications and submit them for consideration to the appropriate Council meeting.


To be eligible to apply for support from the Events and Festivals Fund, the event and/or event organisers must meet the following criteria:

  • The event must be within the Christchurch City Council boundaries.
  • The organisation responsible for the event must be a legal entity such as a trust, company or incorporated society, and must be able to provide evidence of this status if requested.
  • The organisation must have no outstanding debt owing to Christchurch City Council or any Council Controlled Organisations.
  • The event must have clear start and finish dates.
  • The event/organiser must fully declare any additional council, local board or council-controlled organisation funding, grant or koha/ donation for the event.
  • The event cannot have already taken place as at the date scheduled for allocation of funds, July 2019.
  • If the application is for a sporting event, the event must be officially recognised by the national body of that sport.
  • The applicants must comply with all Christchurch City Council’s regulatory and statutory requirements relating to the preparation and delivery of the event, including obtaining all necessary permits and consents.
  • The event must be held within the planned timeframe.
  • If the application is successful, the applicant must sign the Council’s Terms & Conditions [PDF, 146 KB] in the form of a contract.

Please note: all events will require public liability insurance.


Some types of events and event-related costs are not eligible for funding through this fund:

  • private functions, lunches or dinners
  • events where the primary purpose is to promote religious, ministry or political objectives 
  • events that denigrate, exclude or offend parts of the community
  • any conventions, conferences, trade shows and exhibitions
  • events that present a hazard to the community or pose a significant risk to the public or council
  • if you have applied for other Christchurch City Council funding or grants for any areas of your event
  • events that have already been held
  • biennial events will only receive funding on the year that the event is being held
  • purchase of alcohol
  • staff salaries and/or wages
  • stock or capital market investment
  • payment of fines, court costs, IRD penalties or retrospective tax payment
  • purchase of insurance cover
  • purchase of vehicles and any related ongoing maintenance repair, overhead costs or road user charges
  • rent or accommodation costs
  • service and maintenance costs including utilities such as power and phone
  • retrospective costs
  • overseas travel
  • debt servicing or re-financing costs
  • medical expenses
  • prize money or entrance fees
  • payment of any legal expenditure, including costs or expenditures related to mediation disputes or ACC, Employment Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal, professional or disciplinary body hearings
  • money which will be re-distributed as grant funding, sponsorship, bequests, aid funding or aid to other recipients
  • events that have breached previous funding agreements with the Council, including post-event reporting criteria, and where no commitment has been made to rectify this

Funding criteria

Eligible applications will be prioritised for support from the contestable Events and Festivals Fund based on the criteria.

The support provided by the council will be based upon the assessed benefits of the event on the city as a whole.

Economic impact

  • stimulate economic activity
  • attracts visitors to the city and boosts the economy
  • increase national and international exposure.

Ensuring we have a diverse range of events on offer:

  • is during the seasonal low points such as winter
  • is unique
  • fills an identified gap or priority such as:
    • celebration of culture or significant occasion
    • youth events
    • events using a central city location
    • is not directly duplicating a similar event or parts thereof in the city
    • profile Christchurch and its diverse venues and open spaces.

Positive community benefits:

  • bring people together to share memorable experiences
  • provides opportunity for participation in recreation and sports activities
  • capability building of community organisations
  • encouraging local talent to emerge and thrive
  • cultural expression and engaging with the current and new diverse communities
  • how events can work together to share resources.

The amount of community support, involvement and/or active partnerships in the event from:

  • commercial sponsors
  • associated community, city or national organisations
  • volunteers
  • non-government organisations
  • charitable trusts.

For an existing event how effectively the event has been run in the past:

  • delivering a quality experience to the participants, volunteers and visitors
  • meeting its stated objectives
  • demonstrates a robust strategy for development
  • compliance with consents, permits and licenses
  • financial performance

Preparing your application

Please make sure that you are clear about the items for which you are applying for council support, once the decision has been made and approved by the council, these details cannot be changed.

  • Complete all sections of the application form. Incomplete forms will not be considered.
  • You must identify how your event aligns to the criteria of the fund.

There is no maximum amount that an event organiser can apply for. However it is not the Christchurch City Councils position to sponsor an event and be the main financial provider. The council is looking to support a number of events from the annual fund. There are however a number of events that the Council has committed to for the 2019/20 financial year.

Supporting documents

Please make sure your application form is supported by the following documents

Events Business Plan

An events business plan lists the key steps you will take to stage a successful event and serves to guide your event towards achieving its objectives and vision.

In this plan, we are expecting to gain a good understanding of what the event is and why you are running it and will include:

  • operational and financial objectives for the near future (usually one to three years), and
  • how these objectives will be achieved and monitored

For assistance with writing and developing your Business Plan please refer to the NZ Major Events “Strategic & Business Planning for Events”(external link)

Event Budget

A detailed budget outlining all event expenses and income is an essential part of the application for funding. Budget information should be based on quotes from suppliers you intend to use.

Ensure you include all the relevant regulatory costs involved in your event, such as resource consent fees, costs for the preparation of traffic management plans by an approved contractor, building consents etc.

Please note that council will not fund some event-related costs – refer to Ineligibility Criteria.

Company Details

You must provide the structure and details of your company or a full list of trustees who are responsible for the governance of the trust and owner of the event.

Other considerations

In addition to the above criteria, the following will be considered:

  • the anticipated level of attendance including volunteer support, performers and/or competitors
  • potential of the event to grow
  • how accessible the event is proposed to be:
    • universally accessible
    • transport accessibility
    • cost, affordability relative to target market
    • open to anyone who wishes to attend and not constrained to a particular sector of the community - is successfully marketed through appropriate channels.
  • whether the event is held once a year or biennial with a sound strategic plan for its development
  • the degree to which the event is financially sustainable:
    • overall cost of the event relative to the scale and benefits of the event
    • proportion of funding contributed by the organisation
    • the ability to attract/leverage other funders and sponsors
    • the length of time the event has been run and its dependence on public funds
    • volunteer contribution, capacity and capability
    • how any profits generated by the event are distributed
    • working towards a strategy for the event to become more financially sustainable including retaining profits from previous events to underwrite the next event.
  • the degree to which the event uses sustainable practices:
    • transport planning
    • sound environmental operations and works to promote green initiatives
    • participation in the Council’s Composting Food Packaging at Events trial
    • respects the environment and promotes protection of key assets.
  • whether the event is in the appropriate venue for its scale and type, and promotes new and existing spaces in the city
  • extent to which the event adds to any cumulative impacts on the city, businesses and local communities (relates to its timing and location relative to other events in the calendar).

Disclosure of interest

All applicants must disclose if an Christchurch City Councillor or local board member or a council employee, or their immediate family, has any interest or involvement in the event in any way. This should be outlined in the space provided on the application form.

Any Councillor or local board member involved can be present at any meeting where event sponsorship or funding is considered. However, they may not partake in the decision process. 

Assessment process

Applications for funding will be assessed initially by an internal panel. All final decisions are made by the Council. 

Successful applicants

Once funding has been approved, all successful applicants will receive a funding agreement. This is a formal contract which outlines what is expected of event organisers, the amount of funding the Council is granting. The funding agreement will also outline the post-event reporting requirements for event organisers.

Terms and conditions of funding

  • The Events and Festivals Fund is capped. The Council is not obliged to grant all of its fund in any year, nor to carry over unallocated amounts to future years.
  • Christchurch City Council has the right to share application details within all units of Council and to consult with them on applications.
  • The Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund is limited to events and will not be applicable to conventions, conferences, trade shows and exhibitions.
  • The applicant should detail in their application any actual or potential conflict of interest (including anything which might have the appearance of a conflict of interest) which could compromise the decision on the application or bring the process into disrepute.
  • All applicants must disclose to Christchurch City Council any other central government or local government funding sources for the event (either confirmed or in process), as well as any corporate or commercial sponsorship arrangements.
  • Applicants must not directly or indirectly seek to influence Christchurch City Council’s funding decisions in any improper or unethical manner (or in any way which might have the appearance of being so), nor attempt to solicit or garner non-public information from Christchurch City Council which might give an unfair advantage in the application process.
  • Each applicant warrants that all information provided in relation to its application is true and correct in all material particulars, at all times, and is not misleading whether by omission or otherwise. Each applicant must disclose all matters likely to be material to Christchurch City Council’s consideration of its application or which might have a bearing on the outcomes the council expects to be delivered from the funding.
  • If circumstances or information changes after making an application, or after the council awards funding, the applicant must immediately notify Christchurch City Council.
  • Each applicant consents to Christchurch City Council carrying out due diligence on its application, including the organisations and personnel involved, and relevant track records. The applicant consents to Christchurch City Council making due enquiries from third parties in this regard, and shall provide access to referees upon request.
  • Additional terms and conditions of funding are contained in the Funding Agreement contract [PDF, 146 KB] which all successful applicants must sign.

Issuing funding

Should your application for funding be successful, the following further documents will be required to facilitate your event through council. A meeting with the appropriate staff member will be required to initiate the process and ongoing meetings through out the time frame of receiving the funding.

  1. If your event is on public land, a completed copy of the Christchurch City Council Event Permit Application – this is available from the Christchurch City Council Events Partnerships and Development Team.
  2. Copies of all relevant forms or proof of regulatory compliance requirements such as resource and building consents, traffic management plans, environmental health (food hygiene/safety), liquor licensing and temporary signs.
  3. A copy of your public liability insurance certificate.
  4. A full and final event budget.
  5. Please note that express approval must be sought from council for the use of any Christchurch City Council’s logos. 

Post-event requirements

After the event, all successful applicants will be required to formally report to the council on the following:

  • how the conditions outlined in the contract have been met
  • specific inputs, outputs and/or outcomes as outlined in the funding agreement have been achieved
  • proof of delivery/success of the event for all measures stated in the application form
  • an event evaluation by organisers (including feedback from event attendees) – this might include areas for event development or specific issues encountered at the event
  • copies of receipts showing the expenditure of the funding or audited accounts
  • detailed outline of all marketing and promotional achievements (i.e., list and include copies of newspaper ads or articles, approximate number of radio and television ads, copies of all promotional material produced, website statistics, and all other marketing material and achievements).
  • audited attendance figures (spectators and event participants) including an outline of the methodology used and a breakdown of confirmed figures and estimated totals
  • inventory of employment opportunities provided, list of full and part-time positions as well as staff hired for the implementation of the event.