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Regional Recovery Fund

The spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the resulting measures to protect communities has caused significant economic, social and environmental impacts. These impacts are being felt differently in Regional Victoria. The Regional Recovery Fund was established to help address these impacts, and those caused through bushfires and drought.


Local economic recovery

The Regional Recovery Fund (RRF) was established through the Victorian Budget 2020/21 with an allocation of $10 million over two financial years, 2020-21 and 2021-22.

The RRF has been established to provide flexible support for regional economic recovery, stimulating socio-economic growth and recovery, by investing in projects and innovative ideas that address regional needs, priorities addressing those immediate and persisting challenges, and opportunities (place-based needs).

Funding priority will be given to projects and programs that align with and/or support those priorities by the five Regional Recovery Committees and community engagement activities.

The Regional Recovery Fund is now closed for applications.

Objectives of Program

The Fund aims to:

  • support place-based recovery initiatives;
  • support locally led approaches to identify the most appropriate actions (e.g. planning activities);
  • support businesses to create new jobs or secure at-risk jobs;
  • meet the different socio-economic needs of each region; and
  • leverage off private sector or local government investment wherever possible.

Funding Details

An upper limit of $500,000 in funding will apply to individual projects.

Applicants are encouraged to seek financial contributions from other third-party sources. Projects should maximise their funding support from a range of sources, including commonwealth/local government, higher and other education institutions, and community, private sector and regional organisations. In-kind contributions can be included as part of the total project costs.

Applicants may submit grant applications for more than one project. Applicants will be asked to indicate which project they consider to be their priority.

The Regional Recovery Fund is now closed for applications.

Projects funded by this program

Project Name Region Year Amount Funded
Moyne Council: Koroit Caravan Park Workers Accommodation Great South Coast 2021 $465,000
Sovereign Hill Museums Association: Sovereign Hill Recovery Domestic Marketing Campaign Central Highlands 2021 $500,000
Corangamite Council: Community Events Recovery Support Great South Coast 2021 $35,625
Moyne Council: Business & Events Collaboration and Capacity Building Great South Coast 2021 $36,625
Mount Alexander Council: 'Get Lost' - Mount Alexander Creative Cluster Brand and Online Platform Loddon Campaspe 2021 $225,000
Buloke Council: Re-activating Rural Volunteers - Bounce Back Buloke Mallee 2021 $75,000
Swan Hill Council: Loddon Mallee Housing Revitalisation Strategy Mallee 2021 $230,000
Latrobe Council: Tourism Signage & Visitor Guides Gippsland 2021 $100,000
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine: Brand Geelong Barwon 2021 $200,000
Colac Otway Council: Community Events Recovery Support Barwon 2021 $35,625
Geelong Council: Events Recovery Support Barwon 2021 $32,000
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Limited: Geelong, The Bellarine & Great Ocean Road Interstate & Intrastate Cooperative Marketing Campaign Barwon 2021 $450,000
Queenscliffe Council: Events Recovery Support Barwon 2021 $15,000
Surf Coast Council: Community Events Recovery Support Barwon 2021 $35,625
Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine: Business Events Attraction Barwon 2021 $400,000
Ararat Council: Ararat Rural Farmer's Market Central Highlands 2021 $30,000
Ballarat Regional Tourism: Winter Visitor Activation - 1000 Doors Central Highlands 2021 $100,000
Commerce Ballarat Limited: Resilience and Innovation Program for Grampians' Small Business Central Highlands 2021 $300,000
Daylesford Macedon Tourism Ltd: Print and Digital Visitation Driver Central Highlands 2021 $100,000
Golden Plains Council: Community Events Central Highlands 2021 $30,000
Hepburn Council: Hepburn Community Events Recovery Program Central Highlands 2021 $30,000
Moorabool Council: Event Support as an Economic and Community Recovery Driver Great South Coast 2021 $30,000
Pyrenees Council: Kick Starting Events in Pyrenees Central Highlands 2021 $30,000
Bass Coast Council: Shopfront and visual merchandising Gippsland 2021 $100,000
Destination Gippsland: Regional Event Acquistion Gippsland 2021 $500,000
Dividing Creek Honey: Production, Processing and Tourism Project Gippsland 2021 $50,000
GBP Products Pty Ltd: Value Added Production Room Project Gippsland 2021 $500,000
Lardner Park Events: Noise Control Plan Gippsland 2021 $33,990
Latrobe Council: Invest Gippsland - Promoting Investment Opportunities to New Global Markets Gippsland 2021 $65,000
Omar Cheese Pty Ltd: Village Cheese and Yoghurt Manufacturing Expansion Project Gippsland 2021 $62,500
Pureharvest: Increase productivity project Gippsland 2021 $500,000
R.Radford & Son Pty Ltd: Green Offal Room Project Gippsland 2021 $400,000
Wellington Council: Invest Gippsland Digital Toolbox Workshop Series Gippsland 2021 $150,000
Fruit Growers Victoria Ltd: Goulburn Valley Seasonal Worker Support Program Goulburn 2021 $500,000
Glenelg Council: Training and Assistance for Community Event Committees to Comply with COVID19 Regulations Great South Coast 2021 $35,000
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Limited: GOR & The Hospitality Workforce Program Great South Coast 2021 $400,000
Southern Grampians Council: Community Events Recovery Support Great South Coast 2021 $35,625
Warrnambool Council: Warrnambool Council Rebuild Warrnambool Forums Great South Coast 2021 $35,000
Bendigo Council: Invest Loddon Mallee Loddon Campaspe 2021 $480,000
Bendigo Council: Start-up Central Victoria Loddon Campaspe 2021 $250,000
Campaspe Council: Re-engaging Volunteers in Rural Towns - Campaspe Loddon Campaspe 2021 $75,000
Central Goldfields Council: Maryborough Retail Recovery Program Loddon Campaspe 2021 $40,000
Loddon Council: Re-engaging Volunteers in Rural Towns - Loddon Loddon Campaspe 2021 $75,000
Buloke Council: Sea Lake Housing Development Mallee 2021 $300,000
Murray Regional Tourism Board Limited: Revitalising Murray Region Tourism Mallee 2021 $250,000
Tourism North East: Workforce Management Solution Ovens Murray 2021 $500,000
Grampians Tourism: The Grampians Way Road Trips Marketing Campaign Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $100,000
Hindmarsh Council: Reconnecting Communities through Small Events in Hindmarsh Shire Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $30,000
Horsham Council: Events Horsham Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $30,000
Horsham Council: Stay West - Increasing Grampians region overnight stays Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $100,000
Northern Grampians Council: Bringing Back the Buzz: Boosting Events in the Northern Grampians Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $30,000
West Wimmera Council: Re-imagining the Possibilities for Events in West Wimmera Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $30,000
Wimmera Development Association Inc: Implementing Affordable Housing Solutions in Wimmera Southern Mallee Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $500,000
Yarriambiack Council: Kickstart Yarriambiack Flagship Events Wimmera Southern Mallee 2021 $30,000