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Bushfire Recovery

In January 2020, the Victorian Government announced a Bushfire Recovery Round of Regional Events Fund to help kickstart the recovery of regions affected by the summer’s devastating bushfires.

Visit Victoria has released the Regional Events Fund Bushfire Recovery Round Guidelines in order to fast-track support for these communities. 

Overview of the Bushfire Recovery Round

The Bushfire Recovery Round is open until 27 March 2020.

The maximum amount of funding available to events is $20,000.

Events must take place within the following local government areas: Ararat, Alpine, Ballarat, East Gippsland, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Bendigo, Indigo, Mansfield, Moyne, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Strathbogie, Towong, Wangaratta, Wellington and Wodonga and the Alpine Resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling and Falls Creek.

Events that commence after 30 June 2021 will not be considered for funding.

How to apply:
  1. Read the Guidelines to ensure your event meets the criteria for assessment.
  2. Contact your local government authority or regional tourism board to discuss your event and obtain a letter of endorsement for the proposed activity. Events that do not submit a letter of endorsement will not proceed to application stage.
  3. Submit an Expression of Interest
  4. If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to submit a formal application.
  5. Your application will be assessed by the Regional Events Fund committee and presented to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events for final approval.
  6. Visit Victoria will contact you with the outcome of your application as soon as possible following the assessment process.

The Regional Events Fund remains open to all of regional Victoria

For events outside the 15 Local Government Areas eligible for the Bushfire Recovery Round, the Regional Events Fund remains open for applications. Find out more.