Festival City Grants Program 2020 / 21

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Maribyrnong City Council’s Festival City Grants Program provides financial and in-kind support for festivals via a competitive grant round. The Program is guided by Council’s Festival City Policy(PDF, 244KB) which sets out a framework to attract, host and support the best of Australia’s festivals for the benefit of the City of Maribyrnong’s residents, businesses and cultural tourists. The Festival City Grants Program is one of the many ways that Council provides support to strengthen the City’s profile as ‘Festival City’.

As an applicant you must meet the Eligibility Criteria and address the Funding Criteria. In particular applicants must demonstrate how the festival contributes to achieving the Council Plan 2017-2021 priority areas, furthers the objectives of the Festival City Policy(PDF, 244KB) and addresses the strategies of the Maribyrnong Tourism Visitation Strategy

The 2020 / 21 Festival City Grants Program is NOW OPEN!

Please ensure you have read the Festival City Grants Program 2020 21 Guidelines(PDF, 573KB) in full before proceeding with an application. 

You can also view some FAQ's about the Program here.

Click here to APPLY NOW! Applications close 12pm midday 22 July 2020.

Consideration for COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the delivery of festivals for 2020/21, and Council acknowledges the ongoing challenges that this situation presents for the festivals and events industry.

Currently (June 2020) restrictions on gatherings and social distancing requirements are still in place. Whilst there is uncertainty on when these will ease, Council is opening the 2020 / 21 Grant Round in the hope restrictions have significantly reduced by 1 November 2020 and to help support the future of festivals in our vibrant city.

Please see the Grants Program Guidelines(PDF, 573KB) for further information regarding COVID-19 and the 2020 21 Grant Round.