Funding Program

G’day event organisers!

Thanks for your interest in working with us to hold incredible events in this unique place we call home.

We’re stoked to let you know our latest Event Funding round is now open.

Applications close on 11 February 2022.

View the funding guidelines here and apply here (

As part of this round, there are four event funding categories outlined below:

Community Event
Up to $30,000

The Territory is home to an incredible range of community events from the Top End right down to the Red Centre. This funding category supports events mainly targeted at local audiences, and helps enrich the vibrant lifestyle we are so lucky to have in the Northern Territory.

Mass Participation Event
Up to $30,000 for events held April – September
Up to $40,000 for events held October – March

The ‘Mass Participation Event’ funding is available for events that attract more than 300 interstate visitors and stay in paid accommodation for a minimum of three nights. Staging more events during the shoulder or Wet Season is a key priority, which is why additional funding is available during this time.

Event Development
Up to $100,000

We love welcoming visitors to the Territory and sharing incredible event experiences, and this event funding category helps us do just that. The ‘Event Development’ funding helps events engage new audiences and boost visitation, all while building local skills and positively impacting our community.

Major Event

The ‘Major Event’ funding category is slightly different to the other three, in which applicants are invited to apply via an Expression of Interest process. Available for events that help increase interstate visitors to the Territory, this category is for event organisers looking to position the NT as a leading events and tourism destination. Driving economic results, delivering unique experiences and generating community, social and cultural outcomes for Territorians are all key attributes of events within this category. Up to 20 per cent of funding will be paid on receipt of the event acquittal that outlines all funding objectives have been met.

Please note, to keep our community safe, in order to be eligible for event funding you must comply with the latest Chief Health Officer COVID-19 directions as they apply to festivals and events, including the mandatory vaccination of all public-facing workers. To find out the latest directions, visit

We love partnering with you to deliver events and look forward to receiving your applications!

Thanks, the NTMEC team.