More support for our regional community events

Andrews’ Labor Government is supporting rural and regional Victorian makers, artists, performers and producers with new funding to revitalize the community events calendar.

Minister of Regional Development and Member of Parliament for Macedonia Mary-Anne Thomas today met with organizers of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival at the Woodend Community Center to announce the festival – one of more than 70 recipients to receive grants under the million bucks Regional Community Events Fund.

The Fund supports community groups, local councils and small-scale event organizers with grants of up to $25,000 for small-scale events and festivals held across the state.

Event organizers for the Woodend Winter Arts Festival will use their funding to bring this year’s festivities to life during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. Now in its 18th year, the festival brings together acclaimed local and international artists from the musical, creative and literary communities, attracting over 6,500 visitors over the three days.

The long weekend festival includes family music and other arts events for all ages, as well as a youth program and a series of free community events to ensure it remains accessible to all .

Other successful events funded by the Regional Community Events Fund will be announced in the coming weeks, including creative arts and entertainment festivals, sports carnivals, book fairs, cultural events and other small-scale events.

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 organisers.

the Regional Community Events Fund complete the $20 million Regional Events Funda commitment to host successful events in Victoria regions as part of the $633 million Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan. For more information, visit

As Minister of Regional Development and Deputy of Macedonia Mary-Anne Thomas said

“Rural and regional Victoria hosts some of our state’s most exciting community events, creating local jobs and boosting the economy.

“Our Regional Community Events Fund will help our event organizers bounce back and ensure the state’s diverse and vibrant calendar of community events can continue to thrive.”

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