The Lake Macquarie Food and Wine Festival is among the events previously funded under the grants program. Picture: Supplied.

Lake Mac Council offers almost $250,000 for local festivals and events!

Local event and festival organisers have been given a shot in the arm with Lake Macquarie Council, this week, announcing almost $250,000 in grants to help reactivate the community.

After a year that saw most events cancelled, postponed or dramatically scaled back, council will offer two rounds of grants through the program

Applications for the first round are open now, while the second round will open in August for events to be held from October 2021 to December 2022.

A total of $247,000 will be offered across both rounds of funding, in three categories: community events, local events and celebrations, and sponsored festivals and events.

Community event applicants can apply for up to $10,000 each, while organisers of local events and celebrations are eligible for grants of up to $2000 each.

Sponsored festivals and events have the potential of attracting up to $20,000 each.

“We’re very keen to support engaging, original, high-quality events across Lake Mac that activate our community and showcase our City to the rest of the world,” Arts, Culture and Tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.

Previous grants have been awarded for a wide variety of activities, from small-scale events such as bird exhibitions and baseball competitions to food and wine festivals and national sailing titles.

Applications to the current round of funding close on Monday 3 May, with successful applicants announced by Monday 28 June.

Head here for more information and to apply.