The Regional Events Fund (REF) provides funding for activities that support regional visitation. The level of investment that Visit Victoria gives to an event is contingent on a rigorous assessment process.
To be considered for support event organisers need to make a formal submission to the Regional Events Fund which details the economic, strategic, marketing and community impacts of their proposed event. Strategic consideration is given to a broad range of potential impacts including visitation, expenditure, seasonal hotel occupancy, potential to encourage local development and economic flow on to the local business community.
Visit Victoria funds programs that align with our strategic priorities, help achieve Visit Victoria's tourism and visitor economy outcomes.
Funding must contribute to the achievement of one or more of Visit Victoria's strategic outcomes:
If the funding does not align with the key criteria of the Fund, Visit Victoria will not enter the Funding Agreement. Applicants should note that Visit Victoria reserves the right to award an amount less than that applied for if the information supplied in the application does not justify the amount requested.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) at the earliest taking into consideration the timelines. All applications are to be made via the online 'SmartyGrants' portal. Any applications received outside of the timeframes will be at the discretion of Visit Victoria to review on a case by case basis.
EOI applications will only proceed to the official REF Application process if the initial event criteria has been met.
|EOI Opens||EOI Closes||Application|
Round 1 - 17th July 2017
|15 September 2017||29 September 2017||November 2017|
|Round 2 - 2nd October 2017||15 December 2017||29 December 2017||February 2018|
|Round 3 - 2nd January 2018||16 March 2017||30 March 2017||May 2018|
|Round 4 - 2nd April 2018||15 June 2018||29 June 2018||August 2018|
|Round 5 - 2nd July 2018||31 August 2018||14 September 2018||October 2018|
|Round 6 - 1st October 2018||14 December 2018||Extended to Monday 7 January 2019||March 2019|
|Round 7 - 2nd January 2019||15 March 2019||29 March 2019||May 2019|
|Round 8 - 1st April 2019||14 June 2019||28 June 2019||August 2019|
Only events held in the Regional Tourism Board (RTB) networks are eligible to apply for funding through the Regional Events Fund. This does not include events held in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.
|Regional Tourism Board||Phone|
|Daylesford and Macedon||+61 (03) 5309 2770|
|Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges||+61 (03) 8739 8000|
|Mornington Peninsula||+61 (03) 5950 1052|
|Phillip Island||+ 61 (03) 5952 2729|
|Geelong and The Bellarine||+61 (03) 5223 2588|
|Great Ocean Road||+61 (03) 5562 1316|
|Goldfields Tourism Ballarat Bendigo||+61 (03) 5337 4320 1800 813 153|
|Grampians||+61 (03) 5356 4865|
|High Country - Tourism North East||+61 (03) 5728 2773|
|Gippsland||+61 (03) 5668 2141|
|The Murray||+61 (03) 5480 7110|