Enterprise North Canterbury manages two different event funds: The Waimakariri Regional Events Fund from MBIE and the annual Waimakariri Event Fund from the Waimakariri District Council. Information on both funds can be found below. 


Waimakariri Regional Events Fund


Funding rounds open:

Fund finishes end of March 2024.


Funds available: 

Between $6,000 and $10,000 per event, per year for a maximum of three years.


The Regional Events Fund is designed to stimulate domestic tourism and travel between regions through events. This is intended to support the tourism and events sector, and replace some of the spending from international tourists due to the border closure as a result of COVID-19.

Distributed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), the total $50million fund was split across New Zealand's International Marketing Alliances (IMA) groupings based on their share of international visitor spending prior to COVID-19. Enterprise North Canterbury has received a total of $150,000 to distribute to successful applicants between 2021 and 2024.


To apply:

Before you start your application, please read the Application Criteria and Terms of Agreement.
Please also familiarise yourself with the Final Report template and the supporting Economic Impact Analysis Guidelines



For more information or assistance: 

Email: events@visitwaimakariri.co.nz


Waimakariri Event Fund


Funding rounds open annually:


Funds available: 

Between $500 and $5,000



Funding is allocated to support events that clearly demonstrate economic and/or community benefit to the Waimakariri District. The fund will provide up to 50% ONLY of the total expenditure for Event Coordination and/or Event Promotion.

The Waimakariri Event Funding is a contestable fund that is provided by the Waimakariri District Council, managed by Enterprise North Canterbury and administered by Visit Waimakariri.


Examples of events previously funded:


To apply: 

Before you start your application, please read the Events Funding Guidelines and familiarise yourself with the Events Funding Final Report.



For more information or support: 

Email: Events@visitwaimakariri.co.nz