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Hawke’s Bay Tourism has established a one-off events fund for event managers, promotors, and organisers to apply for funds to assist in the establishment or further development of regional events.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Events Fund is designed to deliver the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Regional Events Fund to events in a way that drives visitation and economic benefit to Hawke’s Bay and stimulates recovery following Cyclone Gabrielle.

This will be achieved through investment in innovative and sustainable event activity that has a positive impact on the local economy and offers new and exciting experiences within the region.

As a result of the continued impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on the Hawke’s Bay visitor economy as well as the region’s events sector, Hawke’s Bay Tourism wants to work collaboratively with the events industry to support sustainable growth and increase social benefits to Hawke’s Bay communities via event participation and affiliated social initiatives.

The Hawke’s Bay Events Fund aims to do this by targeting investment for key events to create the greatest impact for the region and build the sector capability. This activity will be underpinned by clear and measurable returns to the Hawke’s Bay region that maximise the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits.

The Hawke’s Bay Events Fund is a contestable events fund of $100,000. All applications will be assessed by the Hawke’s Bay Events Fund Panel against the outlined criteria and guidelines.

Download the Event Development Guidelines

Download the Application Form