The Glasshouse is a community facility and Port Macquarie-Hastings Council encourages community groups to hire the venue for their events. Community groups may be eligible to receive 40 per cent discount on venue hire fees (Monday to Thursday hires).

Community groups may be eligible to receive 40 per cent discount on venue hire fees (Monday to Thursday hires). Please refer to our Fees & Charges documents.

The Glasshouse has been hired by many community groups since opening in 2009, including annual concerts and showcase events.

The 40 per cent discount is available to incorporated not-for-profit groups, incorporated community groups, registered charities and schools from Monday-Thursday hires. 

Eligibility is limited to organisations that are:

  • Based in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area
  • Provide Proof of incorporation
  • Have an ABN
  • Registration documentation must be provided

In addition, not-for-profit groups and community groups must have:

  • A form of organisational permanence
  • Be non-government and
  • Not be operating for the profit or gain of its individual members

The Glasshouse Venue Manager will have responsibility for determining the eligibility status of groups.

Community groups can apply directly to the Glasshouse as part of their venue hire process and access a straight discount on their events throughout the year on multiple occasions.

Discounted rates only to apply to the following fees and charges categories (with all other fees and charges to be charged as per commercial rates):

All eligible groups interested in exploring venue hire opportunities at the Glasshouse should contact the Glasshouse at and make an appointment to discuss the opportunities available.

Other event funding opportunities

Other options available to event organisers include:-

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council (PMHC) Place Making

The PMHC Place Making team will consider community organisation applications for the partial or full support of events that address specific criteria. For more information please visit the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council website.

PMHC Event Sponsorship Program

PMHC is committed to supporting local event organisers, via the PMHC Event Development Sponsorship Program, to grow their events to a level of self sustainability. More information can be found here.

Rural & Regional Cultural Arts Program - Charles Sturt University (CSU)

The Charles Sturt University Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program Grant opens annually and is open to registered community organisations in CSU regions. Visit the Charles Sturt University website for all relevant information, guidelines and the application form.

Other State & Federal Funding Opportunities

Information about the various Federal & State Government funding opportunities available can be found at the links below: