Latest round of regional events grants offer up to $500k to bring events to regional Victoria

Opening night of the ChillOut festival in Daylesford.

The Victorian Government has launched the latest round of the $38 million Regional Events Fund to attract, stage and deliver sporting, cultural and entertainment events in regional Victoria.

Grants of up to $500,000 will be open to organisers of festivals, sports events, exhibitions and more to attract and grow events of international or national significance while grants of up to $50,000 will be available for marketing and support of events that attract intrastate and interstate visitors.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said the latest grants will “further cement our state as Australia’s events capital”.

He launched the latest round in Ballarat where he announced the new Food, Fire and Light Festival, which will light up Sovereign Hill this October.

Since 2016, the Government’s Regional Events Fund has supported more than 350 events across regional Victoria including the Riverboats Music Festival on the Murray, Great Ocean Road Running Festival and ChillOut Festival in Daylesford.

Delivered by Visit Victoria, applications for the Regional Events Fund will open next week.

“The Regional Events Fund will support events across Victoria that will give people even more reason to explore and discover what our State has to offer,” said Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements.