Event Sponsorship

We recognise the value of events in driving visitation, creating social connection, celebrating our culture and enlivening our city.

Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship

Wagga Wagga City Council's Major Events, Festival and Film Sponsorship program aims to fund meaningful, creative and high-quality events for our community and visitors to participate in and enjoy.

The 2023/24 Major Events, Festival and Film Sponsorship has been exhausted.

Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship Program
New tourism events in their first or second year of development that demonstrate broad appeal and are likely to attract tourism and overnight visitation. The funding range is $3,000 to $10,000
Major tourism events* that have been running for more that 2 years attracting significate attendance and/or overnight visitation and enhancing the profile or Wagga Wagga as a major  regional events destination. The funding range is up to $20,000
Flagship Events

Established major tourism events* that have already received 3 years funding through the Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship fund and can present a comprehensive strategy for future growth and development.

The funding range is:  $10,000 to $20,000 and this sponsorship is
triennial in nature to support the continued growth of the event into new visitor markets.

This sponsorship support is evaluated annually through a sponsorship acquittal.
Out of Round Requests For new or unplanned projects that arise outside the designated assessment timeframes (see page 11 of 2022/23 Events Sponsorship Program Guidelines).

The funding range is a maximum of $15,000.

Maximum of one per event over the events lifecycle.

Major Events, Festivals and Films that have been sponsored in 2023/24:

  • Swap Meet - $10,000
  • Christmas with the Con - $10,000
  • Thrashernats3 - $15,000
  • Mardi Gras 2024 - $20,000
  • Gears and Beers - $20,000
  • TEDxWagga Wagga - $10,000

Applications for the 2024/25 Major Events, Festivals and Films sponsorship fund will be accepted from February 2024. If you have any questions regarding the Major Events, Festival and Films Sponsorship program for an event held in July 2024 to June 2025, please contact the Visitor Economy and Events team on 1300 292 442 or email events@wagga.nsw.gov.au.

Program Information

The Major Events, Festival and Film Sponsorship is for events held from 1st July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

Applications for this fund are open all year round until available funds are exhausted. Applications will be assessed four (4) times per year by the panel as follows:

ONESunday 14 May 2023Monday 26 June 2023
TWOSunday 30 July 2023Monday 4 September 2023
THREESunday 8 October 2023Monday 20 November 2023
FOURSunday 18 February 2024*Monday 25 March 2024*

*To be confirmed once the 2024 Council meeting dates are announced.

Read the information

Read the Major Events, Festivals and Films Sponsorship Guidelines

Event Sponsorship Guidelines 2023/24 140.5 KB Download

Consult with Events Officer

If you need assistance or have any questions regarding Council's Event Sponsorship Program, please contact the Events Officer on 1300 292 442 or email events@wagga.nsw.gov.au

Complete and submit the application

Applications for the Major Events, Festivals and Films sponsorship program can be completed via Smarty Grants.

Access to smarty grants is available from Monday 27 March 2023 via the link here.

All funding applications received will be reviewed by an assessment panel. Recommendations will then be made to the next available Council meeting for endorsement.
Successful and unsuccessful applications will be notified 10 days after Council’s decision.