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Major Events Fund

Major Events Fund

ChristchurchNZ attracts, hosts and invests in Major Events on behalf of the city.

The Major Events funding round will reopen for applications in March 2021. The funding round will be supported through funding from the Canterbury & West Coast Regional Events Fund.

The key purpose of the Regional Events Fund is to stimulate domestic visitation through holding events. This aligns to objectives of the Christchurch Major Events Strategy, which has a high focus on supporting events which drive visitor spend, reduce seasonality, and provide (city/region) profile opportunities.

Details about the Canterbury & West Coast Regional Events Fund and Investment Plan for dispersal of the funding can be found here.

If you wish to be added to our database to receive updates on the Major Events funding round or to discuss your event, please send your details through to

ChristchurchNZ’s strategic investment into Major Events contributes to the vibrancy and life of the city, attracting visitors, stimulating economic activity and raising our city’s profile nationally and internationally - leaving a positive legacy for the wider community.

The annual portfolio of Major Events will support a diverse range of events across the calendar year and across the region. These include a mix of arts, music, cultural and sporting events.

The Major Events funding round allows event organisers to submit an application to secure partnership investment to host their event in Christchurch.

How and When to Apply

The Major Events funding round will open for applications from the 1 -31 March 2021, for events to be held from 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022.

If you are a new applicant or are seeking investment for a new event, it is highly recommended that you contact the ChristchurchNZ Major Events Team prior to completing an application. This is to ensure you are applying to the correct organisation and to the right fund.

All ChristchurchNZ’s investments in events are subject to adhering to our terms and conditions, availability of funds and agreed activity-related contracts.

If you have any questions or are a new applicant or are seeking investment for a new event please contact us at