Hessequa Municipality hereby invites the submission of applications for financial and/or non-financial assistance for hosting a tourism related event/festival during the 2024/2025 financial year.

The call for proposals is aimed at providing funding to tourism events/festivals which require additional capital to establish and or to grow such an event/festival. The funding will be allocated in the form of a grant. 

Hessequa Municipality will provide financial- and non-financial support, based on the following criteria:

  • Only tourism events will be considered, which includes art festivals and exhibitions, music festivals, sport events and cultural festivals.
  • The tourism event/festival must address the seasonality of the Hessequa region, with preference given to events/festivals taking place between March and October.
  • The event/festival must employ locals as part of the supporting staff and organizing members.
  • The tourism event/festival must support the hospitality sector and contribute to the increase in occupation of overnight accommodation establishments.
  • The tourism event/festival must promote the Hessequa Tourism brand, and the tourism logo must be featured in all the event/festival marketing material.  
  • The event organizer must be a registered entity e.g. Non-Profit Company, Non-Governmental Organization, Sport Club or Private Company with proof of registration attached.
  • The tourism event/festival must confirm the funding applied for, the funding the event organizer has towards the event/festival and any sponsorships or letters sent to request sponsorships. 
  • The tourism event/festival must be sustainable and hosted annually.
  • The tourism event application form and corresponding risk assessment form must be completed and submitted on time. 
  • The tourism event/festival must submit a detailed event proposal along with the application.

NOTE: Incomplete and late submissions will be disqualified. 

Application forms are available on the Hessequa Tourism website (below) and the Hessequa Municipal website:  www.hessequa.gov.za As an alternative, contact the Senior Tourism and Development Officer, Mr. R Malan at riaan@hessequa.gov.za or  028-713 7953.

Applications must be placed in a sealed envelope with the heading “Tourism Event/Festival Application 2024/2025” and submitted at any Hessequa Municipal offices across the region. Alternatively, applications can be emailed to riaan@hessequa.gov.za

The Hessequa Tourism Section encourages tourism events/festivals taking place between 22 July 2024 to 30 June 2025 to apply.

The closing date for submissions is Monday, 27 May 2024 at 15h00.

The Event Festival Support Application Form and the Municipal Risk Assessment Form can be downloaded below.