Local festivals fund

The local festivals fund aims to support Not-For-Profit community groups to stage small to medium scale local festivals or community events that celebrate the City’s community spirit, identity, arts and culture, and engage our community as active participants.

Space 2B Laneway Festival, photograph courtesy, Tatiana Castelo Chaves Scott

Due to COVID-19 the current Local Festivals Fund round is on hold until further notice.

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About the Local Festivals Fund

It is council’s intention to support groups that manage and stage their own festivals both via funding through the Local Festivals Fund and by encouraging applicants to seek out other sources of sponsorship to compliment the support of council.

Community event organisers can apply for funds for logistics and infrastructure associated with community festivals. Generally an amount of up to $10,000 is available per project

How to apply

You can apply for the Local Festivals Fund online through Smartygrants online application format which will be available when the next funding round opens.

For general tips for the online submission process please refer to the Local Festivals Fund Guidelines document.

Local Festivals Fund Guidelines and Criteria

Please read the Guidelines and Criteria 2020 to 2021 (DOC 99 KB) carefully prior to applying.

For more information

If you you would like more information about the Fund, please contact our Arts Administrator via phone (03) 9209 6217. We advise you to discuss your project idea with the Arts Administrator before completing an application.

2018-19 Local Festivals Fund Recipients:

  • Planetary Healing Artists Association of Australia - St Kilda Peace Pageant
  • Acland Street Village Business Association - 5th Annual Father's Day Classic Car Show
  • Phillip Adams Ballet Lab - Paradise, Melbourne Fringe 2018
  • Theatre Works - Melbourne Festival
  • Multicultural Arts Victoria - Piers Festival 2018
  • Melbourne Shakespeare Company Inc. - Plays in the Park
  • Port Melbourne Business Association - Port Melbourne's Annual Music and Choirs Community Christmas Festival
  • Lakeside Community Events Inc. - Lakeside Carols
  • 4Diverse - St Kilda Latin Festival
  • Elwood Neighbourhood Learning Centre Open Day

Previous Local Festivals Fund Recipients include:

  • St Kilda Art Community - St Kilda Art Crawl
  • Shir Madness Melbourne Jewish Music Festival
  • Port Melbourne Annual Christmas Community Street Festival
  • Solstice Global Healing Day
  • St Kilda Baptist Summer Market Festival
  • Christ Church St Kilda Illuminated
  • Port Melbourne Community Carnival
  • Get Striped for Acceptance and Respect
  • ABRISA Sambe Cine Club
  • Get Striped For Acceptance and Respect

• Melbourne Shakespeare Company Plays in the Park – Image courtesy David Burke – Burke photography

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