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Regional Events Fund to support events across Victoria

30 May 2024

The Regional Events Fund supports events that bring thousands of visitors to regional Victoria, delivering economic impact, creating jobs, and supporting local business.

The latest round of the Regional Events Fund is now open, with grants available to regional event organisers to attract and deliver sporting, cultural and entertainment events through to 2027.

The $38 million fund, delivered by the Victorian Government through Visit Victoria, will give visitors even more reason to explore and discover what Victoria has to offer and help drive visitation.

Regional events highlight the incredible tourism offerings available throughout the state and bolster Victoria’s reputations as a world-class events destination.

Support is available across three streams:

The Fund is a key lever to support the State’s record $37.8 billion visitor economy, with regional events helping to drive visitation, extend visitors’ length of stay and increase spend across regional areas to support a more resilient and robust tourism sector.

The Regional Events Fund has supported more than 350 events across regional Victoria since 2016, including the Riverboats Music Festival on the Murray, Lost Trades Fair in Bendigo, Great Ocean Road Running Festival, Grampians Grape Escape, the East Gippsland Winter Festival, ChillOut Festival in Daylesford and Ballarat Marathon.

Who can apply?

Applications will be considered from:

  • Private sector organisations (where projects will deliver a clear public benefit);
  • Victorian Local Government Authorities;
  • Regional Tourism Boards (RTB) and Visitor Economy Partnerships (VEP);
  • Not for profit organisations, including sporting, cultural and community groups that are an incorporated body, cooperative or association; or
  • Joint proponents/consortia applications (identifying the consortia lead agency for funding).

Funded organisations must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • have a minimum of $20 million public liability insurance and other relevant insurance cover

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