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Funding available for events celebrating city’s 150th

Monday March 22 2021

Palmerston North city marks its 150th year in 2021. As part of these celebrations, the City Council has allocated a contestable funding pool known as the 150 Year Community Seed Event Fund.

Mayor Grant Smith says “our 150th celebration offers the city a chance to reflect on the history of our community and celebrate what the future might look like for our next generations”.

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 $2,000.

We want to enable community event contributions towards celebrating this milestone. We know there will be people within the community with 150th event ideas fizzing away – and we want to help you bring these ideas to life through seed funding and event advice.

Councillor Rachel Bowen, who chairs the Council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee, encourages groups to think about how they might make use the fund.

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

Cr Rachel Bowen

There are two rounds for funding applications. Round one is now complete. The second round opens on 1 April and closes on 31 May. Groups that can apply include charitable trusts, incorporated societies, and limited or registered companies which can hold and arrange events.

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

  • be held within Palmerston North
  • be attractive to city visitors
  • supports Palmerston North’s eco-city vision and use sustainable practices
  • sees opportunities to use local businesses and contractors
  • be public-facing (not a trade show or convention).

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

For more information and to apply, head to our SmartyGrants community funding site

If you have questions about the fund, email