Major event sponsorship fund

Events help a community to come alive. They provide the opportunity for a destination to showcase its tourism experience, increase economic growth, create a dynamic and vibrant place, and build a loyal following of visitors.

Events are well recognised as drivers of visitation and visitor spend – they provide tourism, trade and investment opportunities for Port Stephens. Events can be a driver of infrastructure development through increasing demand. They also provide an opportunity for our Council to reinforce our brand, stimulate the economy and even out seasonal fluctuations.

The Major Event Sponsorship fund will both attract and support events that create economic benefit and align with the vision and values of our Council.

Key dates

Applications accepted year-round from 28 August 2023.

Funding available

Funding amount will be negotiated with each applicant.

Who can apply?

  • incorporated, not-for-profit organisations or charities
  • registered businesses with an ABN
  • sole traders

How to apply

  1. Read the Funding Guidelines for full details about the grant.
  2. Give our team a call to discuss your project on 02 4988 0255 or email

For more information and to apply online

Past recipients

Nelson Bay Touch Association Inc.PWM
Northern NSW Sabot Sailing Association Inc.Flying 11 2023 National Sailing Championship
Port Stephens Community Arts Centre15th Port Stephens Art Prize
Newcastle Hunter Community Rugby LeagueFinal Series
Newcastle & Port Stephens Game Fish Club Ltd2023 MWM Metal Roofing Billfish Shootout
NSW Game Fishing Association Inc.2023 NSWGFA State Championships
Paul O'RourkeSail Port Stephens
AJ EventsSprint Series Adventure Race