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Regional Racing Events Program

The Regional Racing Events program supports regional racing clubs to attract patrons to racing events which support a sustainable racing industry, provide community and tourism benefits, and develop vibrant racing experiences for all.

The VRIF Regional Racing Events program objectives are to: 

  • attract patrons to race meetings 
  • develop sustainable growth opportunities to support the viability of the racing industry 
  • support racing events that provide benefits to the racing industry and local communities
  • encourage an active racing events ecosystem that supports events and supply chain businesses to attract and retain volunteers and staff
  • ensure that Victoria continues to be a vibrant state for racing events.

The intended outcomes of this program are:

  • increased attendance at regional racing events
  • deliver benefits for the community and race day attendees
  • provide support for the ongoing viability of regional racing events.


Applicants can request grant funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 (exclusive of GST). 

Program dates

Applications for the program can be submitted at any time throughout the year. However, applications must be submitted prior to the closing date for the season. All applications for the season will be considered for funding after the closing date. 

SeasonClosing date
Summer31 August 
Autumn30 November 
Winter28 February
Spring31 May

Eligible applicants

The following organisations are eligible to apply for a Regional Racing Event grant: 

  • Racing clubs licensed under section 24A of the Racing Act 1958. This includes racing clubs registered as part of the Wimmera Racing Club.
  • Racing clubs licensed by Racing Victoria Limited as a picnic racing club.

Applicants may apply individually or jointly. Where a project involves more than one applicant, the lead organisation must apply, but both applicants may contribute to project expenditure to meet any co-contribution requirements (refer to Section 3, Funding).

Ineligible racing venues

Events held at the following race venues are ineligible to receive funding through the Regional Racing Event program: 

  • Flemington Racecourse.
  • Moonee Valley Racecourse.
  • Caulfield Racecourse.
  • Sandown Racecourse.
  • Tabcorp Park Melton.
  • Sandown Greyhound Racecourse.
  • The Meadows. 

Eligible expenditure

A full listing of eligible and ineligible project expenditure is provided within the program guidelines. 

Applicants must read the program guidelines before submitting an application.

Regional Racing Events Program Guidelines
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Regional Racing Events Program Guidelines
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Regional Racing Events Budget Template
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Program area and assistance

For more information about the Victorian Racing Industry Fund and the Major Racing Events Fund please contact the Office of Racing at