Coffs Harbour City Council’s Stadium and Major Events Section work closely with event organisers, suppliers, and venues across the Coffs Coast, as well as other government agencies. They are here to provide guidance and support to assist in planning your next event.
In 2016 Council adopted the Coffs Harbour Events Strategy 2020 and the Coffs Coast Tourism Strategic Plan 2020. Together, these two plans form the pathway to attract and retain a variety of events which position the Coffs Coast as the foremost regional destination for festivals, events, leisure and nature based tourism and cultural experiences.
The Stadium and Major Events Team is here to assist you in the planning and preparation for a safe and successful event on the Coffs Coast. Our aim is to highlight the important planning considerations and provide you with easy to access information, tips, resources and templates to help deliver your next event.
In addition to the helpful tools and resources available on this site, below is some information on potential event support programs:
Coffs Harbour City Council Funding
Coffs Harbour City Council Event Seed Funding and Event Destination Funding
Coffs Harbour City Council offers a funding program to event organisers in two key areas;
- Event Seed Funding: for start-up or new events* running within the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area (LGA), aimed at providing support to events in their most critical early stages.
- Event Destination Marketing Funding: for events* targeting overnight visitation from outside the Coffs Harbour LGA. This funding is designed to assist in developing a marketing campaign to drive visitation to the Coffs Coast, and the event, from outside the LGA.
Both funds are also looking for events that support outcomes of economic stimulation, regional branding, and community benefit.
*Please note: Markets are not eligible for event funding
The event funding program is currently closed.
Round 1 of Event Funding for events planned to run in the 2019/20 financial year will open on Tuesday 5 March and close on Tuesday 26 March.
Arts & Cultural Grants
Coffs Harbour City Council funding program supporting arts and cultural initiatives including events. The program is run annually.
For further information visit the Community Arts and Cultural Development Grants page
Destination NSW Event Funding
Coffs Harbour City Council collaborates with the NSW Government‘s tourism and events agency, Destination NSW, which is responsible for the development of festivals and events in Sydney and Regional NSW. The key program aimed at developing festivals and events in regional NSW is the Regional Flagship Events Program.
The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in Regional NSW that have the potential to act as ‘cornerstone’, or Flagship, tourism events for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to their region.
The three funds that sit under the umbrella of this program are:
- The Incubator Event Fund
- The Flagship Event Fund
- And The Event Development Fund.
Events on the Coffs Coast have been regularly supported through this program as both recipients of the one off and triennial funding.
For further information visit Destination NSW
Festival Australia Grants
The Department of Communications and the Arts offers a Federal government funding program providing approximately $1.2 million each financial year to support the presentation of arts and cultural activities that will enable community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or attend an arts driven experience at a festival, or significant one-off community celebration. There are two rounds of funding which generally close in October and March each year
For further information visit Department of Communications and the Arts website
Planning an event in the Bellingen Shire?
The Bellingen Events Hub provides resources and advice to assist you to stage a successful event in the Bellingen LGA, including approvals, grants, planning information and more.
Coffs Coast Events is part of the
Coffs Harbour City Council.