Events Saver Program

Major events and festivals that have been cancelled or significantly disrupted by COVID-19 Public Health Orders will be supported by funding through the NSW Government’s Event Saver Fund.

Major events are a key economic driver that create thousands of jobs across the state. The Event Saver Fund will ensure organisers aren’t left high and dry as the region works through this latest phase of the pandemic.

Major event organisers will be able to pay suppliers and staff, and recover other costs where an event is cancelled or significantly disrupted as a result of Public Health Orders imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Event Saver Program will help support local jobs and ensure major event organisers can plan with confidence to safely deliver their events in 2022.

Where an event is cancelled or significantly disrupted as a direct result of Public Health Order between 15 December 2021 and 31 December 2022, organisers may be eligible for financial support.

Major events have been targeted for support due to the significant impact these events have on driving tourism and our economy.

Please read the NSW Event Saver Guidelines before completing your Expression of Interest (EOI). The guidelines outline eligibility requirements and how your application will be assessed.

To submit your application, you will need to complete the relevant application form through our secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Stage One EOIs are now open and close 30 September 2022.

Event organisers are encouraged to submit their EOI as soon as possible. Note that organisers for events scheduled from 30 April 2022 must submit their EOI at least 90 days prior to the event.

For enquiries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the application form, please email

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