Hamilton City Council has set aside $384,000 in funding grants for major events. Applications for the Major Event Sponsorship Fund opened on April 16. Funding is provided for sponsorship of $5000 or more. Previous events to receive funding include Four Nations Hockey, the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2018 and Balloons over Waikato. Focus of funding will be on larger events where exposure will reach beyond Hamilton to attract visitors to the city. Applicant organisations need to ensure their events help to achieve the objectives and meet the criteria of Council’s Event Sponsorship Policy. Applications close on May 14, at 4pm.