Council’s Festival City Grants Program provides financial and in-kind support for festivals that promote our City as a ‘Festival City'. The program also encourages new festivals to emerge in our fast-changing and growing City, whilst remaining flexible to ensure existing festivals flourish and attract new audiences.
Council supports festivals in the form of:
  1. Funding
  2. Producing arrangements with Partner/Producer festivals
  3. Facilitating and providing access to Council resources, as appropriate
  4. Professional development to festival organisers
  5. Marketing and promotion of festivals.

Throughout the Festival City Grants Program, Council assists festival organisers to meet their objectives, partner with local businesses and institutions, become more sustainable and enhance their professionalism to festival industry standards. This is guided by Council’s Festival City Policy, which sets out a framework to attract, host and support the best of Melbourne’s festivals for the benefit of our residents, businesses and cultural tourists.

How to Apply

Applying for this grant is simple! It is managed through the online user friendly Smarty Grants application process which opens between May 1 and June 1. The next Festival City Grant Program is in 2020.

All applications are assessed by Council’s independent Festival Advisory Panel. This ensures a fair process of selecting and supporting economically robust, socially inclusive and culturally rich festivals.

Further information

For further information or to obtain a copy of the documents on this page in a format other than what is available please contact us.

View this year's Festival City Grant recipients