Grants To Bring Big Arts Experiences To Regional Communities

Regional restaurants, theatres, golf clubs, historic houses and community halls will be transformed into arts venues, thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced $66,000 in grants through the Small Regional Presenters program to help local community groups and arts councils bring a range of performances to their area.
The 12 recipients in this round include groups from some of Victoria’s tiniest communities including Cororooke, Bena and Ruffy.
Recipients will present performances ranging from comedy and cabaret to opera and Bollywood music and dance.
Several performances include community workshops where students and local arts lovers will have the opportunity to meet with artists and learn new skills.
The Small Regional Presenters program is open to regionally-based arts presenters – including not-for-profit arts groups and societies, venues and local councils.
Unlike a traditional touring model that provides support for artists to take their work on the road, the Small Regional Presenters program supports venues or presenters to attract shows to their area.
Grants of between $1,500 to $15,000 are available to support the presentation of a single show or live event, a series of shows or an annual program.
The Small Regional Presenters program opens for applications four times each year.
To find out more about the program, or the latest recipients, visit
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Our creative state extends far beyond our major cities to regional centres and small towns across Victoria.”
“The Small Regional Presenters program ensures that those in regional Victoria have access to the best creative experiences right on their doorstep.”
“This round will bring an exciting range of performances and workshops to regional communities and will ensure that no matter where you are in our state – an incredible creative experience is never far away.”

Published on November 22, 2017