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Tourism Events Grant

Previously called the Indigo Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Committee (IEDTAC) Festival and Events Grant, the Tourism Events Grant aims to support event organisers to host events that will increase visitation to Indigo Shire destinations. The grant program has two streams, funding and logistics support, applicants may apply for one or both streams. 

Funding available in 2021/2022

A total of $30,000 is available in funding support with applicants able to apply for up to $6,000. An additional $35,000 is available in logistics support with no limit.

Objectives of the program:

The panel will recommend distribution of Indigo Shire Council’s annual discretionary tourism events grant to Council. 

The objective of this allocated funding is to maximise economic outcomes for Indigo Shire through the attraction and support of new and innovative events.

This will be achieved by supporting events that;

  • Grow the visitor economy through any of the following:
    • Increasing overnight stays
    • Increasing midweek visitation
    • Increasing off-peak visitation
  • Attract new audiences to Indigo Shire through any of the following: 
    • Developing an event that shows significant innovation from events that have been delivered in Indigo Shire before
    • Developing a new experience within an existing event to attract a new audience
    • Adding an element of creative appeal that has the potential to build the Indigo Shire brand through social and traditional media take up 

Funding Guidelines 2021/2022

Guidelines-Indigo-Shire-Tourism-Events-Grant-2021-2022.pdf(PDF, 974KB)

Applications - Online Grants Management Portal – SmartyGrants

In 2021/22 we will be using SmartyGrants, an online grants administration system to manage and streamline the application process. It is through the online portal that applications and all supporting documentation will be submitted, processed, and acquitted.

Please note the application form will ask questions specific to your event under COVID restrictions, including your event tier level. It is strongly recommended that you use the Guided Planning Tool provided by Business Victoria before starting your application to determine your event tier level.

You can access the online portal here to submit your application, simply choose which round and fill in the form

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 16 August 2021.

If for any reason you need assistance with submitting online please contact the Tourism Development Team on 1300 365 003 or email

Please note that if you need a paper copy of the application form you can download it below, or contact the Tourism Development Team.

Community Events Grant - Now closed

The objective of the Community Events Grants is to support community groups to ensure all residents are engaged in their community and have access to a range of recreational, social and cultural activities and events.

Funding available in 2020-2021

A total of $15,000 is available for Community Events in 2020-2021. Successful grants will range from $200 to $2,000.  

Other Funding Opportunities

Other organisations have various funding programs available, these vary on the type of event and exact project you need funding for.
Examples include:

Support in applying for funding

Council can support your efforts in applying for event funding by writing letters of support and guidance on the project.
Please consider our Sponsorship and Grants Guide(PDF, 515KB) and contact the Tourism Development team to discuss your project by completing the below form.