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Funding available for events celebrating Palmerston North’s upcoming 150th

Wednesday July 1 2020

Palmerston North City is preparing to mark its 150th year in 2021. As part of these celebrations, the City Council has allocated a contestable funding pool of $10,000 – known as the 150 Year Community Seed Event Fund.

We’re inviting community groups to put forward their ideas for showcasing and celebrating the city’s unique heritage and its bright future, through small-scale events, with the maximum amount of funding per application being $1,500.

“We really want to enable community event contributions towards celebrating this momentous milestone. We know there will be 150th event ideas fizzing away out there – we want to help you bring these ideas to life,” Head of Events & Partnerships Tasha Paladin says.

“This is an opportunity to inject city positivity and pride, encourage inclusivity and celebrate our diversity, bolster our post-COVID-19 recovery, and attract people into the city.”

There are two rounds for funding applications. The first round is open now and closes on 31 August. The second round runs 1 October to 30 November.

Groups that can apply include charitable trusts, incorporated societies, limited or registered companies that can hold and arrange events. The fund does not support applications from individuals.

There are criteria towards a successful application, including that the event:

  • Be held within Palmerston North.
  • Be attractive to city visitors.
  • Support Palmerston North’s eco-city vision and use sustainable practices.
  • See opportunities to use local businesses and contractors.
  • Be public-facing (not a trade show or convention).
  • Is not receiving other Palmerston North City Council funding.

Event organisers will need to declare additional funding or koha/donations their events attract, as will be responsible for complying with regulations, including gaining permits and consents.

Applications for the first round are open until 5pm on 31 August

Apply online using the link below, which will open a page on our SmartyGrants community funding website.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please don't hesitate to contact us on 06 356 8199 during business hours. You can also email us at 150@pncc.govt.nz quoting your Submission Number and Event Name.