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Regional Community Events Fund

The Regional Community Events Fund will support small events in rural and regional communities across Victoria.


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Events bring thousands of visitors to regional areas, boosting businesses, creating jobs, and helping local economies thrive.

The Regional Community Events Fund (RCEF) helps public community events in regional Victoria with marketing support and the increased costs of running COVIDSafe event.

Objectives of Program

The RCEF focus is on community events for locals. Support will go towards a range of costs associated with hosting events in a COVIDSafe environment, including for density limit management, record keeping and good hygiene practices and marketing activities. Grants will be available up to $25,000.

Funding Details

The RCEF will support our rural and regional communities to get back to hosting and attending the many community events they are known for. Of course, all events will be subject to the relevant public health advice at the time.

Fund opening and closing dates

Applications open Applications close Funding decisions
1 November 2021 30 November 2021 January 2022

* Dates and timings are subject to change at the discretion of Visit Victoria.

Application Process

An application is not a guarantee of funding.  Please do not enter into commitments before receiving formal notification of the outcome of your grant application (see page 4 of the Guidelines for information about how and when you will be notified).

Events will not be considered for assessment if they commence within four weeks of submission of application or after 31 December 2022.

Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Step 1

Read the Guidelines to ensure your event meets the funding criteria.

Step 2

Make your application online at the ‘SmartyGrants’ portal.

Download Resources

Resource Download
Regional Community Events Fund Guidelines.pdf (1.2 MB ) Download


If you have questions about the Regional Community Events Fund process, please get in touch with us via the Visit Victoria online contact form.

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