Impacted Public Events Support Program extension

A further round of the Impacted Public Events Support Program will open shortly. Details and how to apply for this extended program will be made available soon.

Program overview

The $20 million dedicated Victorian Events Support Package supported event organisers, hosts and suppliers as they manage the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Victorian Government has provided almost $7 billion in direct economic support for businesses over the course of the pandemic, including more than $500 million through the May to June restrictions with $461.2 million allocated for the lead Business Costs Assistance Program and Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund.

The Victorian Events Support Package delivered five streams of support:

  • The Sustainable Event Business Program provided up to $250,000 to major event organisers, hosts and suppliers who have suffered a loss as a result of the recent restrictions that began in late May, and the ongoing viability of their event or business has been significantly affected by the pandemic.
  • The Impacted Public Events Support Program delivered up to $25,000 to eligible event organisers and up to $10,000 to eligible suppliers of Tier 1 and Tier 2 public events under the Public Events Framework that were approved to take place between 11.59pm on 27 May 2021 and 11.59pm on 24 June 2021.
  • An Independent Cinema Support Program delivered up to $12,000 to independent cinema operators unable to operate due to the COVID-19 restrictions that commenced at 11.59pm on 27 May 2021.
  • A Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) provided up to $7000 to presenters of live performance events that cancelled events between 11.59pm on 27 May 2021 and 11.59pm on 24 June 2021 because of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • A Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) provided a $500 grant per event for up to four different events for suppliers of goods and services to live performance events, including musicians and performers.

Sustainable Event Business Program

The Sustainable Event Business Program provided grants of up to $250,000 to major event organisers, hosts and suppliers who have had the ongoing viability of their event or business significantly affected as a result of the restrictions that began in late May.

Successful applicants must have most of their operations in Victoria and be of strategic significance to the state’s events sector.

Applicants must have experienced a minimum 50% or more decline in annual turnover in the three months prior to 27 May 2021 compared with the same period in 2019. They will also have had an annual payroll of more than $1.5 million in metropolitan Melbourne or $500,000 in regional Victoria in 2019/20.

Sustainable Event Business Program Guidelines (PDF 308.01 KB)PDF icon

Sustainable Event Business Program Guidelines (DOCX 1578.79 KB)DOCX icon

For more information please read the Sustainable Event Business Program frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The program is now closed.

Impacted Public Events Support Program

The Impacted Public Events Support Program delivered grants of $25,000 to organisers of Tier 1 and Tier 2 events under the Public Events Framework, which have been postponed or cancelled following restrictions announced on Thursday 27 May 2021. Suppliers to Tier 1 and Tier 2 events may be eligible for a $10,000 grant under this program.

Impacted Public Events Support Program Guidelines (PDF 292.51 KB)PDF icon

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For more information please read the Impacted Public Events Support Program frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Learn more at Impacted Public Events Support Program.

The program is now closed. Please note a further round of the Impacted Public Events Support Program will open shortly.

Independent Cinema Support Program

Victoria’s cinemas benefited from the Independent Cinema Support Program, which supported independent cinemas unable to operate with a payment of up to $12,000 per cinema venue.

Independent Cinema Support Program Guidelines (PDF 311.83 KB)PDF icon

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For more information please read the Independent Cinema Support Program frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The program is now closed.

Live Performance Support Program (Presenters)

Live performance event presenters were eligible for up to $7000 under the Live Performance Support Program. A presenter is a person or organisation with the right to hold, cancel or re-schedule an event, collect the proceeds from ticket sales and/or re-locate a given live performance event/s. This includes producers, promoters, venue owners or artists promoting their own show.

Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Guidelines (PDF 284.34 KB)PDF icon

Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Guidelines (DOCX 1559.86 KB)DOCX icon

For more information please read the Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The program is now closed.

Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers)

Suppliers of goods and services involved with live performance events, including musicians and performers, were eligible for a grant of $500 per event where the events they were contracted to support could not proceed because of the restrictions. Contracted suppliers include performers, crew, merchandise sellers, technicians and engineers.

Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Guidelines (PDF 308.33 KB)PDF icon

Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Guidelines (DOCX 1555.56 KB)DOCX icon

For more information please read the Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) frequently asked questions (FAQs).

The program is now closed.