Home / News / Regional Events Fund Open Now

Regional Events Fund Open Now

12 June 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 Fund backs festivals, culinary, sporting and cultural events that showcase the vibrancy of Victoria’s regions.

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

Private companies, councils, Regional Tourism Boards/Visitor Economy Partnerships and not-for-profit organisations are invited to submit applications for events that meet the eligibility criteria and program objectives detailed in the Regional Events Fund Guidelines.

Support is available across three streams.

Stream 1 – Regional Event Acquisition

One off or ongoing major events.

Stream 2 – Event Growth and Development

Funding of up to $500,000 to grow the economic impact of medium to large-scale events.

Stream 3 – Event Industry Support

Funding of up to $50,000 to build capability and support the marketing and operations of events that attract intrastate or interstate visitors.

To apply for Stream 1

Discuss your proposed event with Visit Victoria or your Regional Tourism Board or Visitor Economy Partnership. After this, you will be invited to submit a proposal if your event meets the Stream 1 criteria.

To apply for Stream 2 and 3

  1. Read the Regional Events Fund Guidelines to ensure your event meets the funding criteria.
  2. Discuss the event with your Regional Tourism Board or Visitor Economy Partnership. Their letter of support is required for applications to be considered.
  3. Make your application online at the ‘SmartyGrants’ portal.

Please submit your application as early as possible.

Stream 2 application rounds

Round Applications open Applications close Funding decision
1 – 25 May 2024 30 June 2024 August
2 1 August 2024 26 September 2024 November
3 3 February 2025 28 March 2025 May
4 1 May 2025 30 June 2025 August
5 1 August 2025 26 September 2025 November
6 2 February 2026 27 March 2026 May
7 1 May 2026 30 June 2026 August
8 3 August 2026 30 September 2026 November
9 1 February 2027 30 March 2027 May

*Dates and timings are subject to change at the discretion of Visit Victoria
*Funding rounds will not open if funding is fully committed

Stream 3 application rounds

Stream 3 funding is opened monthly each year, with the exclusion of December and January, through to June 30, 2027.

Applications will be batched in the month received and assessed to align with a Stream 2 funding announcement window.

Applications will not be considered if the event is scheduled to start before the expected funding decision window.

Sample of Stream 3 timing

  • Application received June
  • Funding announced August
  • Event cannot start before November

Contact details

Regional Tourism Board support

Your local Regional Tourism Board or Visitor Economy Partnership is your first point of contact. Discuss your event with them at the earliest opportunity. They will work with you to determine the strength of your proposal and advise on the suitable funding stream.

You need a letter of support from the board for your application to be assessed.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board: +61 (03) 5925 9346

 

Contact

Grants and funding Tourism

In other news...