Funding opportunities for small business and organisations in Gippsland

There are a range of funding streams available to community groups, organisations and small business.  To further explore your eligibility please see the following details.

Regional Events Fund

Expressions of Interest are open for Visit Victoria’s $20 million Regional Events Fund. The fund is designed to support the attraction, development, marketing and growth of events in regional Victoria. The Regional Events Fund will generally allocate funding to:

  • assist with the costs associated with securing, hosting and marketing new events
  • implementation of innovative strategies to increase visitation to existing events, including event development and tourism marketing.
    Applicants are invited to submit an Expression of Interest prior to the submission of a full funding application.

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Latrobe Valley Authority Funding Streams

Specifically directed towards businesses and organisations in the Baw Baw, Latrobe City and Wellington Shire council areas there are two fund streams the Community Facility Fund and the Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund.

Community Facility Fund

Fund to support community projects that will improve the amenity and liveability of the Latrobe Valley.

Aims to facilitate and support great initiatives and projects that will help to make the Latrobe Valley a great place to live and work, and to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live here.

The funding will support the Latrobe Valley region to build strong and resilient communities by investing in community-led initiatives and partnerships under the following two streams:

  • Liveable Latrobe Valley –support for projects that will make the Latrobe Valley a better place to live, attracting new businesses and residents and helping people to make a difference in their own community.
  • Active Latrobe Valley – support for projects designed to make communities a healthier place to live, concentrating on sport and recreation, including open space improvements for families, residents and visitors to enjoy.

Latrobe Valley Economic Facilitation Fund

Regional Skills Fund

The Regional Skills Fund is a targeted, place-based regional skills grants program driven by industry in partnership with the tertiary sector, working to build local capacity, resilience and support jobs creation.

The program stream aims to support regional industry and business skills and capability to ensure the long-term sustainability of employment and business growth.

It will give priority to projects that:

  • are endorsed by relevant Regional Partnerships, aligning with their local priorities for skills and workforce development, that may be expressed in regional or sector workforce plans.
  • create and strengthen long-term, collaborative and innovative partnerships between regional industry, businesses and the tertiary sector including TAFEs, Learn Locals, LLENs and universities.
  • build on and strengthen regional workforce planning and support their implementation.
  • support regional skills clusters to drive local innovation and research centres that identify future workforce needs and strengthen regional skills capability and workforce resilience.
  • enable upskilling in new technology and production models; career mobility and new pathways; skills for new business ventures; export and e-commerce to access new markets and the digital economy; and strategies to diversify the local skills base.
  • support disadvantaged groups as part of a long-term, strategic approach with industry on meaningful career-based employment.

The fund has been designed to align with and complement the Victorian Government’s education and training reforms as well as initiatives that seek to support innovation, skills and workforce development, including the Jobs Victoria Employment Network program and the Future Industries Sector Strategies

Building Better Regions Fund

  • The $297.7 million Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The program will fund projects in regional Australia outside the major capital cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. A mapping tool is available to assist applicants determine the eligibility of their project location.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:

Please refer to the Program Guidelines for information on eligibility and assessment criteria and how to apply. Other Program documentation to assist applicants is listed under Key documents below.

The Regional Arts Fund

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund program supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. The Regional Arts Fund is managed in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria and is delivered in two main categories, Community Grants and Quick Response Grants.

  • Community Grants
    Community Grants of up to $15,000 are available for projects that involve regional artists, have a public outcome and significantly engage the community in which the project is based. Community Grants are available in two rounds per year.
  • Quick Response Grants
    Quick Response grants of up to $1500 for individuals and $3,000 for organisations are available throughout the year.
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  • helen packer

    February 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Hi, I am interested in the quick response grants for an individual to help with improving my horse riding business. thanks,Helen

    • Janine Hayes

      February 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

      Thank you Helen I have replied in an personal email. Regards Janine

  • Stephen John Hicks

    July 27, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply


    I would like to set up a counselling business to cater for those in distress, with anxiety, depression and grief; considering individuals as well as families. There are three other counsellors who will be joining me.

    Can you assist me? If not, can you give me any direction as to where I may find financial support in this endeavour?

    Stephen Hicks

    • Janine Hayes

      November 10, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

      Thanks Stephen I am not sure that I can help you in this regard. I would suggest that you start with Small Business Victoria, the local Council Economic Development section of the relevant Council area you are in. All the best with your endeavours. Regards Janine

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