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Council Support Package

Helping councils in regional Victoria deliver more tourism, sporting and cultural opportunities for their communities and beyond.


The funding will support local councils across all of our regions to invest in projects that will create long-lasting value for their communities.

The Package has two streams of funding support:

Stream 1

Offers set funding for cities that are major regional hubs, including Greater Geelong, Greater Bendigo, City of Ballarat, City of Latrobe and City of Greater Shepparton.

Stream 2

Offers a competitive funding stream open to Victoria’s other rural and regional councils.

Objectives of Program

The fund aims to help eligible councils to deliver projects and activities that:

  • drive visitation to the regions
  • create better public spaces for socialising and hosting events
  • empower volunteers
  • strengthen businesses and communities
  • promote Traditional Owner culture, participation and leadership.

By supporting these projects, the fund will deliver lasting economic, social, environmental, sporting and wellbeing benefits for regional and rural Victorians.

A full list of aims and objectives are outlined in the Program Guidelines.

Funding Details

Funding will be delivered in 2 streams:

Stream 1

This is a set funding stream which will provide:

  • Up to $5 million in funding for City of Greater Geelong, City of Greater Bendigo, City of Ballarat and City of Latrobe
  • Up to $3 million in funding for City of Greater Shepparton.

Councils can propose for funding to be used across multiple projects and activities that are aligned with the program objectives.

Stream 2

Victoria’s other regional and rural councils can apply for funding for multiple projects. Funding amounts range from $20,000 to $100,000 per project (excluding GST).

Maximum funding per council is $100,000 (excluding GST) with no co-contribution required.

This funding can be used to cover multiple projects that align with the objectives of the program.

Application Process

Applications for the Regional Council Support Package are now open.

Refer to the Stream 1 Guidelines or Stream 2 Guidelines further down the page for detailed information regarding eligibility requirements and the application process. We have also prepared a list of frequently asked questions.

Proposals and applications close 5pm 25 February 2024.

Submit your online application

Apply for Stream 1

Apply for Stream 2

Step 1

Familiarise yourself with the guidelines for your funding stream and check that you can demonstrate the project’s ability to address each of the assessment criteria.

Step 2

Compile necessary supporting documents as detailed in the Program Guidelines.

Step 3

Complete the online application form for your funding stream and submit your application by the closing date. Applications that are still in 'draft’ and have not been submitted by the closing date will not be assessed.

Download Resources

Resource Download
Stream 1 Program Guidelines - Council Support Package (194.3 KB ) Download
Stream 2 Program Guidelines - Council Support Package (222.8 KB ) Download

Further information

Applicants are encouraged to contact their relevant RDV Regional Director to discuss their project if needed. For further advice and support with your application, contact your local RDV office.