Applications open for event funding

Organisers of major Dunedin events looking for a cash injection should apply to the Dunedin City Council now.

The council is taking applications for its $400,000 contestable events fund for the 2014-15 year.

The fund has traditionally supported a range of major Dunedin events, including iD Dunedin Fashion Week, the Otago Festival of the Arts and the Mid-Winter Carnival, but council events special projects co-ordinator Tammy Jackman said the council also wanted to help organisers of smaller events make them larger and to find new events that could become as popular as existing favourites.

The funding round opened yesterday and will close on May 23 at 5pm. Application forms are available from the civic centre.

Event organisers considering applying could contact her to discuss their application, Ms Jackman said.

''We want to make sure that the applications we receive are as comprehensively completed as possible.''

The application process was subject to confirmation of funding through the Annual Plan, which would be approved on June 23, and funding decisions would be made by an events assessment subcommittee after that.

Nine events received funding last year.

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