Event Grants Program

The Event Grants Program recognises the important role events play in shaping the Shire's identity, prosperity and vitality. The program is available to not-for-profit and commercial event organisers that hold an event in the Surf Coast Shire, and enables events to apply under different streams depending on size and focus:

  • Community events that take place at any time of the year can seek funding up to $5,000.
  • Major events that are held in the off-peak season (post Easter to 15 December) can apply for funding up to $10,000.
  • Signature events that are held in the off-peak season (post Easter to 15 December) can apply for funding over $10,000 and are eligible for consideration of multiple year funding.

See the 2019-2020 recipients(PDF, 51KB)

How to Apply

Community and Major Event Grants
Applications for Community and Major Event Grants must be submitted during the annual Event Grants funding round. The next funding round opens on 1 September 2019 and closes on 30 September 2019. This funding round is for events to be held within the Surf Coast Shire between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021. Online applications will be available on this page from 1 September 2019.


To prepare for your application, please make sure you:

To register your interest in the 2020/21 Event Grants Program, please email kpatterson@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.  

Signature Events may apply at any time by invitation but you must discuss your proposal with the Co-ordinator Events before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). If your EOI is successful, you will be invited to collaborate with Council officers to produce a business case to present to Council.

More information

Check out the following links or contact the Co-ordinator Events on 5261 0600 or kpatterson@surfcoast.vic.gov.au.