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Enterprise North Canterbury is inviting organisers of major events to be held in Waimakariri to apply for the Regional Events Fund.
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. Applicants may be awarded between $6,000 and $10,000 per event per year and can apply for a maximum of three consecutive years. All decisions are final and at the discretion of the independent panel.
Funding rounds open between August 1st and August 31st in 2021, from March 1st to March 31st and again from August 1st to August 31st in both 2022 and 2023, and then finally in March of 2024.
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.
As such, events must:
In addition, funding received cannot be utilised for:
Applications for the Waimakariri Regional Events Fund must be submitted via the application form. Applications are open between August 1st and August 31st in 2021 and then between March 1st and March 31st, and between August 1st and August 31st in 2022 and 2023, and again in March of 2024. Reminders about funding round opening and closing dates will be distributed via the ENC Facebook page and newsletter.
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.
If your event doesn't fit the above criteria you may like to consider applying for the Waimakariri Event Fund. The Waimakariri Event Fund is a contestable fund that is provided by the Waimakariri District Council, managed by Enterprise North Canterbury and administered by Visit Waimakariri. It differs to the Waimakariri Regional Events Fund in a number of ways.
The closing date for the funding rounds are March 31st and August 31st each year. Find out more or apply for the Waimakariri Event Fund here. Or email Khloe Peck at Visit Waimakariri.