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 is a community events fund that aligns with the Events Policy Framework, Community Events Implementation Plan and the Central City Activation Plan. Organisations can request to be considered for multi-year funding from the Events and Festivals Fund.

The minimum amount granted through this fund is $5,000. There is no maximum amount an event organiser can apply for, however, it is the Council's preference to provide sponsorship support in conjunction with other funding providers.

Apply for Events and Festivals Sponsorship funding

The Events and Festivals Sponsorship fund is open from 29 January to 11.59pm Sunday 10 March 2024, for events taking place between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025.

Please check the eligibility of your event before applying.

We recommend you also read the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund application guidelines [PDF, 658 KB] before you apply.

For assistance email eventsfunding@ccc.govt.nz.

2024 timeline

  • February to March: Fund open for applications
  • March to May: Staff assessments and moderation, Council workshops and final Council decision-making.
  • June: Notification of outcome.

Applying for funding

Before you apply for Events and Festivals Sponsorship Funding(external link) from the Christchurch City Council, please make sure you read the guidelines to ensure you are eligible.

All applications received will be reviewed after the submission period has ended. They are then submitted to the Council Committee meeting and Council for consideration and decision-making.

Disclosure of interest

All applicants must disclose if a 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. 

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. 

Supporting documents

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

  • Event budget: A detailed budget outlining all event expenses and income. 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.
  • 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.

Successful applicants

All successful applicants will receive a funding agreement. This is a formal contract which outlines what is expected of event organisers and the amount of funding the Council is granting.

The funding agreement will also outline the post-event reporting requirements for event organisers.

A meeting with the appropriate staff member will be required to initiate the process and ongoing meetings throughout the time frame of receiving the funding.

  • If your event is on public land, a completed copy of the Christchurch City Council Event Permit Application – available from the Christchurch City Council Events Partnerships and Development Team.
  • 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.
  • A copy of your public liability insurance certificate.
  • A full and final event budget.
  • Please note that express approval must be sought from the Council for the use of any Christchurch City Council logo.


To be eligible to apply

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 and must be able to provide evidence, such as
    • a trust
    • a company
    • an Incorporated Society
  • 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 and must not be a programme of multiple events
  • 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 prior to 1 July of the year the application is made
  • 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 within the allowable timeframes
  • 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

All events securing funding through the Events and Festivals Sponsorship Fund will be required to hold up-to-date public liability insurance, which covers the proposed activity in the proposed location.

Events not eligible

  • 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, and trade shows including expos
  • Any visual arts exhibition
  • Pre-season/warm-up sports fixtures or regular-season fixtures
  • Events that present a hazard to the community or pose a significant risk to the public or council
  • Any event that has or intends to apply for other Christchurch City Council or ChristchurchNZ funding or grants for any areas of your event
  • Events that have already been held
  • Biennial events will only receive funding on the year the event is being held

Event-related costs not eligible

  • Capital costs
  • For the purchase of alcohol
  • For staff salaries and/or wages including artist and performance fees, appearance fees etc. 
  • 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 or maintenance costs including utilities such as power or phone
  • Any retrospective costs or losses
  • Travel costs and allowances
  • Debt servicing or refinancing costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Prize money or entrance fees
  • Payment of any legal expenditure including costs or expenses related to mediation disputes, ACC, Employment Tribunal, Small Claims Tribunal, professional or disciplinary body hearings
  • Money to be redistributed as grant funding, sponsorship, bequests, donations, to 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 are prioritised for support from the contestable Events and Festivals Fund based on criteria. The support provided by the Council is based upon the assessed benefits of the event on the city as a whole.

A balanced calendar of events

  • Event is during the seasonal low points such as Autumn and Winter
  • Is unique to other events in the City
  • Fills an identified gap or priority such as:
  • Event held in Central City location
  • Profiles Christchurch and its diverse venues and open spaces
  • Is not directly duplicating a similar event or parts thereof in the city
  • Youth focussed events

Positive community benefits

  • Brings people together to share memorable experiences
  • Provides an opportunity for participation in recreation and sports activities
  • 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
  • Capability building of community organisations

Amount of community support, involvement and/or active partnerships in the event

  • Through partnerships grow and strengthen networks and opportunities to share kaupapa Māori
  • Commercial sponsors
  • Associated community, city or national organisations
  • Volunteers
  • Non-government organisations
  • Charitable trusts

Economic impact

  • Stimulates economic activity
  • Leverages opportunities for Central City businesses/hospitality industry
  • Attracts visitors to the Central City and boosts the economy
  • Supports outcomes from Central City Action Plan relating to events
  • Profiles the city to a national audience
  • For an existing event, how effectively the event has been run in the past

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:
    • the overall cost of the event relative to the scale and benefits of the event
    • the 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
  • the 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)

Terms and conditions

  • 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.

Post-event reporting 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
  • a detailed outline of all marketing and promotional achievements (i.e., list and include copies of newspaper ads or articles, the 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, a list of full and part-time positions, as well as staff hired for the implementation of the event

2023/24 funding recipients


  • 18th Annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival
  • Asian Arts Festival
  • Carols by Candlelight
  • Christchurch Brick Show
  • Christchurch Holi Festival
  • Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
  • Crater Rim Ultra Trail Run
  • Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival
  • Foodies Streetfood Alley
  • Frontrunner Christchurch Marathon
  • Golden Homes Le Race
  • Hansel & Gretel: A Christmas Opera and Celebration
  • Happy Chinese New Year Festival
  • Much Ado About Nothing at the Isaac Theatre Royal
  • National Singles and Pairs Championships
  • Open Christchurch
  • Sea2Sky Challenge
  • The Christchurch Big Band Festival
  • The Christchurch Christmas Show Parade
  • The Second Session New Zealand “Golden Ribbon” Youth Music Festival
  • TheatreFest Showcase
  • Twominds Festival
  • Vegan Expo
  • Waitangi Day Commemorations
  • Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2023