Festive and Commemorative Events Grants
  • Last updated:
  • 23 Jan 2023

Festive and Commemorative Events Grants support costs associated with delivering the following community-led event types only:

  • Festive Season Events - Christmas, New Year (31 December / 1 January) and Australia Day  
  • Anzac Day and Remembrance Day  

Applications for funding for all other types of events can be submitted in the Major or Minor Grant rounds under the category most relevant to the focus of the event.  

Information on eligibility, category priorities and assessment criteria 

When is funding available?

  • Applications can be submitted all year round and are assessed every two months.
  • Applications for Christmas and New Year (31 December/1 January) 2022 must be submitted prior to Monday 14 November 2022.

 When will I know if I have been successful? 

  • 2 weeks from assessment date (applications are assessed every two months). 

What funding is available?

  • Up to $15,000 for regional events
  • Up to $3,000 for local events 

Well-established community organisations with a proven track record of delivering festive or commemorative community-led events can apply for up to three years funding.  

Applications run in a 3 year cycle:

2021-22 applicants will receive a maximum of three years of funding
2022-23 applicants will receive a maximum two years of funding
2023-24 applicants will receive only one year of funding.

A review will be undertaken during 2024 to identify if any adjustments to the program are required prior to the commencement of the next three year cycle.

How to apply 

  • Discuss your project with Council's Creative Arts & Events team representative, Colin Potter, on 5420 8729. 
  • If approved to progress, a link to the application form will be emailed to you.
  • Applications must be submitted online. 
  • Applications must be submitted before starting the project. 
  • Events must be scheduled to take place after notification of funding outcomes. 

What else should I consider when applying for funding? 


  • For any queries please contact the Community Connections Team on (07) 5420 8616 or grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
  • Applicants interested in applying for multi-year funding must contact a Grants Officer on the above details before submitting an application. 

Variations to already funded projects 

If you require a project variation or an extension of your project dates contact the Grants Team via grants@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au with the details of your issue.