Council’s Festival City Grants Program provides financial and in-kind support for festivals that promote our City as ‘Festival City’.
The Festival City Grants Program is guided by Council’s Festival City Policy(PDF, 244KB), 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.
Festival applications are also assessed against the Council Plan and the Tourism Visitation Strategy.
The Festival City Grants Program is managed through an the online Smarty Grants application process and is open between 1 May - 1 June each year. Applications are assessed by Council’s independent Festival Advisory Panel. A new Festival City Calendar will be available in August.