Auckland Council handed out $453,000 from its Regional Event Fund to 32 events across the region last month.
The grants, awarded by Auckland Council’s Community Development and Safety Committee, were assessed on a number of factors, including the level of positive community benefits generated, how effectively run previous events had been and the level of support the event has from its community.
Events supported included the Pride Festival, Christmas in the Park, Elvis in the Gardens, the Mahurangi Regatta and the Toddler Day Out.
Auckland Council has three key drivers to determine its involvement in regional events: building regional identity, delivering on Auckland-wide strategies such as recreation arts and culture, and showcasing what is special about the region.
The grant has a budget of $600,000 for the 2017/2018 year, allocated over two rounds.
Online applications for the second grant round open on October 1, with the Community Development and Safety Committee to announce the successful applicants and their level of funding in February.