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Events Grant Program

We have recently reviewed and updated our approach to funding community events in consultation with our community. The City of PAE’s new Events Grant Program aims to help create a community that is inclusive, cohesive, creative and prosperous through the support of a program of accessible and diverse community events and festivals across the City.

We are seeking innovative, creative and sustainable events that align with the following main objectives:

  • Economic Development – return economic benefit to businesses in the City of PAE
  • Visitor Economy – attract tourists and visitors to the City of PAE
  • Arts and Culture – foster access to social and cultural diversity
  • Placemaking – large scale public space activation
  • Delivery of significant community celebrations/commemorations
  • Delivery of select significant sporting events (with broad community interest and participation)
  • Responsiveness to specified Council event priorities (as applicable and agreed by Council’s Grants & Sponsorship Committee)

COVID-19 and Community Events

Event organisers are required to understand and adhere to the current SA Government COVID-19 Emergency Management Directions and COVID-19 Restrictions when planning and delivering events. This will be a condition to access City of PAE Events Grant funding.

Grant Workshops

Please keep checking this page for more specific information on workshop dates, venues and topics.


Please read the Grant Guidelines(PDF, 4752.82 KB) carefully before applying. If you need support accessing, reading or understanding these documents please contact us on 8405 6972 or 0438 797 100.

Available Funding

Event organisers may apply for a grant of up to 50% of the event/festival cost, capped at different levels depending on the relevant event category (see Guidelines for each category description).

The total funding pool budgeted by Council for the Events Grant Program in the 2020/21 financial year is $200,000.


Online applications are open all year long or until yearly budget allocation is exhausted. Applications are processed as they are received. Applicants will be notified of outcome within 4 weeks from submission and the decision made by the Assessment Panel is final.

The Events Grant Program opened for applications Wednesday 10 February.

Applications will be considered only if received between 12 and 4 months prior to the date of the event for Community Events and Regional Events. For Neighbourhood Events, applications will be considered if received up to 1 month prior to the date of event. except in the case of road closures where application will need to be received within 2 months

We strongly encourage you to talk to us about your event idea so we can work together and provide support before your application is submitted. Please contact our Funding & Partnerships Officer on 8405 6972 or 0438 797 100 or email

If you require advice or support about the planning of your event, please contact our Events Support Officer on 8405 6765 or by email at

Eligibility & Assessment Criteria

We encourage both community groups and professional event organisers to apply for our Events Grant. Eligible applicants need to be a legal entity with an ABN and appropriate public liability insurance. Individuals or entities without an ABN will not be eligible. The City of PAE will only fund events that occur within the City of PAE and that are open to the public.

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

How to apply

We provide an online application tool to help you prepare and submit your application. It's called SmartyGrants and it's available via the Apply Now button below. If you are a new user, you will need to start by registering a new account. Once registered and logged in you will be redirected to the "Before you Begin" page where you can start your application. Applicants can only apply online when funding rounds are open.

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If you need to talk to someone about your grant application please contact one of Council's friendly Funding & Partnerships Officers on (08) 8405 6972 or 0438 797 100 or by email at

Things to remember

If you are thinking about organising a community event within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the Events Information Kit(PDF, 4088.73 KB) is the best place to start. The Information Kit contains useful information about how to access relevant Council services and 'best practice' guidelines for conducting professional & successful events. The Information Kit also contains a range of Special Events Forms and a guide to Risk Management Planning.