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Regional Events Fund Expressions of Interest

Queenstown / Wanaka / Central Otago

How to apply for funding support

The Southern Lakes Regional Events Fund is contestable. Funding rounds are bi-annual.  Applications can be made only once a year at either the January or July funding rounds.

Before you apply, please make sure to read these webpages. All sections of this form must be completed. ​

Expressions of Interest

Applicants must complete the Expressions of Interest registration form in the first instance below. The second round for expressions of interest is open 1 July, 2021 until 6 August 2021

EOI’s can be made year round and applicant support can  be sought via the Southern Lakes Business Development Events office (  


An invitation to present a full application (following approval of an EOI), does not guarantee Southern Lakes REF investment. Events will undergo a rigorous due diligence assessment prior to any referral to the Southern Lakes Events Investment Panel (SLEIP), who allocate the fund at their sole discretion.

Investment Limit

The minimum funding allocation is $25,000.

Before you get in touch please read:

If you have any questions or need further guidance to complete the form please contact the Southern Lakes Business Development Events office at


Regional Events Fund Expressions of Interest Registration Form

The information contained in your application will be treated as confidential. The material submitted will be treated as “commercially sensitive material” and will be held in confidence. However, the Southern Lakes events office has the right to consult with QLDC and CODC on applications, regarding venues, consent, permits and traffic management etc.


Please read the below statements and tick the declaration box below to show that you have read and understand the declaration:

  • There will be a minimum of 1,000 attendees at my event:
  • There will be a minimum of 500 attendees at my event from out of the Queenstown, Wanaka or Central Otago regions:
  • No other major event within the region conflicts or clashes with the date of my event (please consult the relevant calendar): Queenstown:, Wanaka:, Central Otago:
  • I am applying for less than 25% of the total costs of my event to be funded by the REF:
  • I am applying for $25,000+ of funding support:
  • My event is not forecasted to make a significant profit:
  • I will engage a minimum of 50% of local suppliers for my event:
  • I am a professional Event Manager with a proven track record of delivering similar events, or will employ an Event Professional to manage and deliver this event:
  • I have a Waste Management plan for my event. Or, I will invest in the professional services of a Waste Management company to ensure my event has a low impact on the environment

Contact Information

The Event

e.g sporting, cultural, entertainment etc

(Does not include Queenstown, Wanaka or Central Otago) (Must be a minimum of 500 to be eligible)

(Must be a minimum of 1,000 to be eligible)

Funding & Other Sponsorship

Further Information

If you have any further information or supporting documentation to add upload the files as attachments

* Indicates a required field.

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