Event Support & Funding

A central location, unique venues and a welcoming culture make Whanganui an exceptional destination for events and conferences.

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Events contribute to the vibrancy of life in Whanganui as well as to our economy through visitor attraction and brand awareness.
Whanganui & Partners provides funding and support for a number of events that we identify through our funding criteria as having a significant economic impact.

What events are likely to be funded?

Event funding from this budget is seed funding – initial money to get an event underway and through the early stages of development.

It is expected that as an event grows it should develop a sustainable business plan and secure sponsorship and/or other funding and revenue so that Whanganui & Partners event funding can lessen and end.

We want to support events that align with our strategic goals. We will prioritise funding for events that are:

  • Relevant to Whanganui’s arts, culture or heritage
  • A tournament or competition bringing in visitors for more than a day
  • Encouraging visitors to stay in commercial accommodation
  • Likely to be held between April and August
  • Intended to be an annual event

What won’t be funded?

  • Events that directly compete with other Whanganui District Council funded events
  • Events funded by other areas of Whanganui District Council
  • Individual travel and accommodation expenses related to developing or promoting an event
  • Full funding payment in advance of the event
  • Establishment costs for a new organisation
  • Organisation or event manager overheads

Where else is there possible funding for your event?

This enables the funds to be used to support new and emerging events in the same way over time.

If your event is not likely to fit with the requirements for this funding there are other options. Visit the Whanganui District Council website “Funding Opportunities” page before budgets are set.  

Download your Event Funding Application form and return by email to Jonathan.Sykes@whanganuiandpartners.nz or drop off a hard copy during business hours to the Innovation Quarter (179 St Hill St).

Contact us to learn more about our criteria and how to apply for the Event Funding.

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Jonathan Sykes is our Strategic Lead - Brand, Events & i-SITE and can answer any questions you might have about our events funding and support. Please email him your completed applications.

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