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Festival Grants

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Regional Events Industry Set To Be Boosted

A new $1 million fund for regional Victoria's events and festivals has been announced by the state government.

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Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas today announced the Regional Community Events Fund to support regional events that attract up to 1,000 people.

Eligible applicants for the new fund will include all local regional and rural councils, public event organisers, and direct venue operators. Eligible events could include community festivals, rodeos, art shows and other smaller scale events that strengthen the community and showcase our vibrant regions.

To be eligible, applicants must host smaller scale events while larger festivals that include a series of smaller events over the course of multiple days may also be eligible.

The new fund is part of the Labor Government’s targeted support for local councils and event businesses to help regional and rural Victoria to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Through the fund, the Victorian Government will work with regional councils, event organisers and industry bodies to ensure they have more certainty and confidence to plan and stage events that are important to local communities.

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.

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