More support for regional community events29/10/2021
Rural and regional Victorian event organisers will receive more support to ensure the state’s diverse and vibrant calendar of community events thrives into the future.
Local councils, community groups and small-scale event organisers will be able to apply for grants under the Regional Community Events Fund, open for applications on 1 November through to the end of the month.
Through the $1 million Fund grants of up to $25,000 will be available for small-scale events and festivals held across the state.
Eligible events could include community festivals, sporting carnivals, arts and cultural events and other smaller scale events that strengthen the community and showcase our vibrant regions
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.
The new Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s targeted support for local communities to come together safely to help Victoria recover and come back stronger than ever.
The Fund will be administered by Visit Victoria, which is well-connected to regional-based event organisers and positioned to respond swiftly to event proposals.
Visit Victoria will work with Regional Development Victoria to ensure that regional councils and event organisers have more support and confidence to plan and stage events with COVIDSafe settings.
The Regional Community Events Fund complements the $20 million Regional Events Fund, a commitment to bring blockbuster events to Victoria’s regions as part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan.
The Fund comes on the back of the recent Play On regional series, featuring more than 20 regional Victorian artists at eight outdoor events across the state on Saturday, 30 October and Sunday, 31 October.
Concerts will be held for double vaccinated audiences at outdoor venues in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Halls Gap, Warrnambool, Castlemaine, Archies Creek and Avenel, with the line-up featuring regional Victorian talent including Gareth Liddiard, Dan Kelly, Kutcha Edwards & Friends, Dallas Frasca, The Kite Machine and Jess Ribeiro.