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15 September 2021

Applications are now open for the Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters programs.

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The next grant rounds will support arts organisations and regional community groups to plan ahead for arts tours and performances taking place across regional Victoria and outer-metropolitan Melbourne from January 2022.

The Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters programs aim to ensure that regional audiences and venues get access to high-quality arts experiences close to home.

Touring Victoria provides support for Victorian artists and arts and cultural organisations to tour a professional production, performance, exhibition or program to and from regional and outer-metropolitan locations across the state. The latest round will support tours taking place from 2022- 2024.

Recognising the impact the pandemic has had on the sector, presenters who previously received funding for tours that were subsequently cancelled can apply to help cover the costs of remounting a tour. Applications to the Touring Victoria program close at 3pm, 7 October 2021.

The Small Regional Presenters Program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community groups and not for profit organisations in regional Victoria to enable them to present shows between 1 January and 31 December 2022. This round will be delivered by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.

Small Regional Presenters is open to a range of live performance events, including theatre, music, comedy and literary events. Groups that have previously been funded through the program can also apply to for funding to implement COVIDSafe measures at their rescheduled shows. Applications close 12pm, 14 October 2021.

The new grant rounds are in addition to more than $880,000 in funding provided earlier this year through Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters. This funding has enabled some events to take place in a COVIDSafe way this year, while others are planning their tours and events for late 2021 through to 2023.

Continued support for regional and outer-metropolitan touring was part of the Victorian Government’s $288 million Creative State 2025 strategy, a four-year plan to grow creative jobs and skills and position Victoria’s creative industries at the heart of the state’s future economic prosperity and social wellbeing.

Find more information at Touring Victoria and Small Regional Presenters.


  • Arena Theatre Company, $19,059
  • Critical Stages, $29,811
  • Flinders Quartet Inc, $18,000
  • Flying Fruit Fly Foundation, $70,500
  • HIT Productions Pty Ltd, $36, 291
  • ILBIJERRI Theatre, $32,573
  • La Mama Inc, $22,338
  • Michael Currie for The Heffernan Project, $13,600
  • Nicholas Clark Management, $24,035
  • National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, $128,900
  • Opera Australia, $146,172
  • The Village Festival of New Performance, $72,240
  • The Wheeler Centre, $65,000
  • Woodfordia Inc, $43,570
  • Wordsworth Productions, $16,000


  • Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce Inc, Apollo Bay $14,700.
  • Bena Hall Committee Inc. Bena $6,728
  • Bruthen Arts and Events Council, Bruthen $5,900
  • Creswick Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Creswick $14,900
  • Fish Creek Memorial Hall Committee, Fish Creek $6,092
  • Heyfield Memorial Hall, Heyfield $6,112
  • Horsham Regional Arts Association, Horsham $15,000
  • King Valley Arts, Cheshunt $3,000
  • King Valley Arts, Whitfield  $9,637
  • Marysville Cultural Committee Inc, Marysville $5,592
  • Murtoa Mechanics Hall and Free Library Inc, Murtoa  $5,500
  • Queenscliffe Literary Festival, Point Lonsdale $3,000
  • Quambatook Community Development Association, Quambatook $1,750
  • Tallarook Arts, Tallarook $6,380
  • The Sound Doctor Presents, Anglesea $9,480
  • Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, Yarck $5,236
  • Yea Arts Inc. Yea  $5,504

Small Regional Presenters Program – COVIDSafe top up support

The following groups received support through the Small Regional Presenters Program in 2020 however their events were cancelled. Through the Small regional Presenters Program, the groups received top-up support so they could reschedule cancelled performances and implement new COVIDSafe measures.

  • Ballarat Mechanics Institute, Ballarat  $850
  • Birregurra Community Arts Group, Birregurra $375
  • Clunes Neighbourhood House, Clunes $1,400
  • Gannawarra Shire Council, $1,000
  • Indigo Shire Council, $288
  • Link Neighbourhood House, Kaniva $1,066
  • Murtoa Mechanics Hall Inc, Murtoa $210
  • Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery,  Cororooke $750
  • Rex Theatre, Charlton - $1,000
  • Snowy River Arts Network, Orbost $320
  • South Gippsland Shire Council $500
  • Yarck Mechanics Institute and Library, Yarck $1,000