Nelson City Council provides annual funding for community and economic events through the Nelson City Events Strategy. The aim of the Strategy is to support a diverse events offering that provides community wellbeing and economic benefits.

The vision of the Nelson City Events Strategy is to support events that strengthen the region and its identity, stimulate a prosperous, vibrant and engaged community and deliver value at the right time. 

The Nelson Regional Development Agency is the first point of contact for event organisers as we manage the administration of the Nelson City Events Fund. We can also support events and organisers with marketing tools, consumer marketing programmes and partnership opportunities. The level of support available is considered on a case by case basis.

The Nelson City Events Fund is a limited pool of funding which consists of two components; economic and community. The Economic Events Fund recognises that events are an increasingly important economic contributor that can grow the visitor market and help make Nelson an attractive destination. The current economic event funding for the 2018/19 year is set at $348,000.

Alternatively, the Community Events Fund recognises that events are important for community well-being, as they build feelings of belonging, identity and a sense of pride amongst our diverse community. The current community event funding for the 2018/19 year is set at $50,000.

The Nelson City Events Strategy sets out a number of key objectives for Events Funding:

• A rich events calendar which maximises opportunities throughout the year
• Measurable economic outcomes for Nelson City
• An events programme that attracts visitors to Nelson and gives the local community a sense of identity
• The promotion of local community well-being and cohesion
• A healthy partnership between the events sector, the community and Nelson City Council