Commercial Events Fund

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Commercial Events Fund

The Commercial Events Fund is open to any event managers/organisers that run commercial events in New Zealand. The event must be held within Marlborough District Council boundaries. Community events, conferences, conventions, trade shows and exhibitions are not eligible for this funding.

Applications for Round 2 of 2018/2019 closed on Monday 11 March 2019.

The Commercial Events Fund supports the goals outlined in the Regional Events Strategy.

Go to Regional Events Strategy

The vision states that:

"Marlborough hosts quality events, year round, that are interesting and enjoyable for our community and visitors. Through our events we will attract locals and visitors to regularly play and stay in Marlborough. Our events will be good for our economy, society and environment. They will showcase what it is to ‘live’ Marlborough.”

A framework has been compiled to guide decision-making in terms of fund allocation, however; it will need to be applied in a flexible manner to recognise the benefits of the event portfolio as a whole. The figures should be viewed as a guide only and flexibility must be retained depending on the merit of the applications received and the overall balance of events.

Commercial Fund Percentage Amount
Existing events 30% $36,000
New events 70% $84,000
Total 100% $120,000


  • Whilst this funding is available on an annual basis, it does not mean that all funds must be distributed each year. For any event to receive funding it must first meet the funding criteria
  • $25,000 of the above total is allocated to the Bid Fund to attract potential events to the region as opportunities arise

An Events Fund Sub-Committee will evaluate the funding application and recommendations made by the Regional Events Advisor for final approval. The funding panel will consist of the following people:

  • Councillor Trevor Hook
  • Councillor Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Councillor Brian Dawson
  • Chairperson (or nominee) of Destination Marlborough

Independent advice may also be sought by the panel as deemed necessary.

The Regional Events Advisor will attend funding meetings and provide further information and feedback but the final funding decisions and recommendations will be at the discretion of the sub-committee.

The Events Fund Sub-Committee will have delegated authority to approve all funding requests and will report all decisions to the Planning, Finance and Community Committee.

The upcoming funding rounds will be structured as below:

2018/19 - Round 1

Applications open Monday 20 August 2018
Applications closed Monday 17 September 2018 (5.00 pm)
Decision made by Friday 26 October 2018

2018/19 - Round 2

Applications open Monday 11 February 2019
Applications closed Monday 11 March 2019 (5.00 pm)
Decision made by Friday 26 April 2019

Important Notes:

  • Additional funding rounds may be considered if deemed necessary
  • All events receiving funding must complete a Post Event Report within three months of completing the event

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Young, Regional Events Advisor on phone: 03 520 7400 or email: