About the Domestic Events Fund

The Domestic Events Fund is a $10 million fund established to support the events sector which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a contestable fund that will provide funding to events that can deliver the greatest flow-on benefits to regional economies. This fund was designed to inject immediate cash-flow to the sector and the broader supply chain.

Applications to the Domestic Events Fund are now closed, as of 5pm 17 July 2020. Applications are currently being evaluated and successful applicants will be notified in due course.

If the full $10 million is not allocated New Zealand Major Events will announce a new Round, however it is anticipated that all investment will be fully allocated in the current Round.

The Domestic Events Fund (DEF) is intended for events which:

  • are socially, culturally, or economically significant for New Zealand, and
  • have exhausted market-based solutions, and
  • without support, would not be able to re-start or need to be significantly re-scaled,


  • Events which will assist the market to retain sector-critical event organisers and suppliers for the long-term viability of the industry.