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Event Grants Recipients Announced

Council noted the 2023-24 Event Grants at its May Council meeting on Tuesday 24 May 2023. Twenty event organisers were successful in receiving funding under the Event Grants Program to a total value of $82,000. This year’s grant round was extremely competitive with total requests of over $141,000.

Tourism Events: 

Trail Running Series Anglesea $5000
2023 Victorian Mixed Ultimate Championship $4000
Amy’s Great Ocean Road Gran Fondo $10,000
Afterglow Night Trail Run $7,000
Great Ocean & Otway Classic $6,500
Sprint Series Adventure Race $3,000
Surf Coast Shift Fifty $2,500
Great Ocean Road Running Festival $6,000
Brooks Surf Coast Trail Marathon $5,000

Boutique Creative/Special Focus Events:

The Sound Doctor 2023/2024 Live Music Series $7,500
Marjorie Lawrence Celebration of the Soprano $3,000
Torquay Rotary Motor Show $1,500
Meadow Music Festival $7,500
2024 Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles $5,000
Aireys as a dark sky location $500

Community Events: 

Roll’n Beats Disco Nights / Surf Coast Roller Disco’s $2,000
Art of the Minds Festival $1,000
Surf Coast Kite Festival $2,000
Seaside Celebration $500
Deans Marsh Festival $3,000

2024/2025 Event Grants and Sponsorship Program 

The 2024/2025 Event Grants Program is opens from 1-28 February 2024 for events delivered from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2025.

Council’s Event Grants and Sponsorship Program provides support to events that foster economic, community and/or cultural development, and prioritise positive environmental outcomes.

The program is available to not-for-profit and commercial event organisers that hold an event in the Surf Coast Shire, and offers four event funding streams:

  • Community Events grants up to $3,000
  • Boutique Creative/Special Focus Event grants up to $7,500
  • Tourism Events grants up to $10,000
  • Event Sponsorship

All applicants must speak with a Council officer prior to submitting an application and read the Event Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines

Please email or call 03 5261 0600 to arrange an appointment with an Events Officer.

Details on each funding stream, including eligibility criteria and application process, can be found on the Event Grants and Sponsorship Guidelines.

Council’s Events Policy should be read in conjunction with the guidelines.

More information:

Regional Events Fund

The $20 million Regional Events Fund supports events held in regional Victoria, showcasing our regional tourism strengths and building Victoria’s reputation as an events destination.

Regional Community Events Fund

The Regional Community Events Fund supports small events in rural and regional communities across Victoria.


Surf Coast Shire Council Acknowledges the Wadawurrung People, and Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples of the Eastern Maar, their Elders and leaders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners of the skies, land, waters and sea country across our municipality. We acknowledge their care and custodianship for more than 60,000 years, which continues today. We walk with them as we respectfully care for and tread lightly on these lands. We also extend that respect to all First Nations people who are part of the community.