More support en route for regional community events
The Andrews Labor government is supporting Victorian regional events of all sizes, to ensure that the state’s diverse and vibrant calendar of community events can continue to thrive.
Macedonian Regional Development Minister and MP Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Kyneton Mechanics Institute to announce that local councils, community groups and small-scale event planners may apply for grants of less than $ 1 million Regional Community Events Fund.
The Fund will open on Monday, November 1 with grants of up to $ 25,000 available for small-scale events and festivals held statewide.
Eligible events could include community festivals, sports carnivals, and arts and cultural events. Kyneton is known for its diverse calendar of events, including the Daffodil Festival and the Arts, as well as its regular markets and music festivals.
Support will go to a range of costs associated with hosting events in a COVIDSafe environment, including density limit management, record keeping, good hygiene practices and marketing.
The new fund is part of the Labor government’s targeted support for local communities to come together safely to help Victoria recover from the pandemic. The Fund will be administered by Visit Victoria, which is well connected to regional event organizers and well positioned to respond quickly to event proposals.
Visit Victoria will work with Regional Development Victoria to ensure that regional councils and event planners have more support and confidence to plan and run events with COVIDSafe settings.
The Regional Community Events Fund complete the $ 20 million Regional events fund, a pledge to host successful events in the Victoria regions as part of the $ 633 million Plan to revive and reform the visitor economy.
The Fund comes out of the recent Play on regional series, featuring more than 20 regional Victorian artists at eight outdoor events across the state this weekend.
Concerts will take place for a double vaccinated audience 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.
The Fund will close on November 30. For more details on eligibility and information on how to apply, visit rdv.vic.gov.au/rcef.
As stated by Minister of Regional Development and MP for Macedonia Mary-Anne Thomas
âRural and Regional Victoria is home to some of our state’s most vibrant community events and this funding will help organizers get back on their feet to plan more events for local communities as the state opens up. ”
As stated by the Minister of Tourism, Sports and Major Events Martin Pakula
âWe support events of all sizes in all parts of Victoria because we know how important they are to local communities, businesses and workers.â