Event Saver

Image courtesy Australian Festival Association. Photo: Steve Wall

Image courtesy Australian Festival Association. Photo: Steve Wall

Expressions of Interest are open for the NSW Event Saver program.


The purpose of Event Saver is to provide financial support to organisers of Major Events scheduled to be held between Wednesday 15 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2022 where an event is cancelled or Significantly disrupted as a direct result of Public Health Orders (PHO).

Major Events have been targeted for support due to the significant impact these events have on driving tourism as well as on the broader NSW economy.

Event Saver is one of several investments the NSW Government is making as part of its NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and is intended to boost event organiser confidence to allow for continued planning and staging of Major Events across NSW over the year ahead.


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

Please note guidelines are current at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Apply now

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

Key dates

Stage One Expressions of Interest are now open and close 30 September 2022.

Event organisers are encouraged to submit their expression of interest 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.

Event Saver is available to Eligible Applicants who are organising Eligible Events from Wednesday 15 December 2021 up to (and on) Saturday 31 December 2022.

Contact us

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the NSW Event Saver Guidelines before starting an Expression of Interest.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the application form, please email event.saver@create.nsw.gov.au


If you are an applicant with disability, and you require this information in a format which is accessible to you, or if you require this information in another language, you can contact us on the details below between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The National Relay service numbers are:

  • TTY users: Phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 8289 6520
  • Speak and Listen users: Phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 8289 6520
  • Internet Relay users: Connect to NES then ask for (02) 8289 6520.



Image courtesy Australian Festival Association. Photo: Steve Wall
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