Grants, awards and scholarships
The department offers grants, awards, scholarships and assistance to Victorian individuals and businesses each year, aiming to help stimulate innovation, growth and investment.
Grants and assistance
Find grants and assistance offered by the department through Grants Victoria.
The department provides grants and programs to businesses to support the development of areas such as research, management and export.
The Victorian Government provides various fellowships each year, with the aim of strengthening Victoria's innovation capability and global networks while developing individual capabilities. These include the Victorian Fellowships and the Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
More information about these fellowships can be found on the Business Victoria website.
Young farmers scholarship program
Young farmers in Victoria can access scholarships of up to $10,000 to help boost skills and implement new on-farm initiatives.
Food Source Victoria
Food Source Victoria offers grants for food producers and businesses to develop growth plans, support export growth and create quality jobs. It also offers scholarships for professionals in regional agri-food businesses.
Wine growth fund
The Wine growth fund offers grants that support initiatives to develop the Victorian wine industry.
Rural women's award
The Rural women's award recognises the contribution Victorian women make to primary industry and rural communities.
Cultural and creative economy
Grants, awards and scholarships
Grants and support
Creative Victoria offers a range of grants and support to develop Victoria's creative industries. Programs and initiatives are available to support individual creative practitioners, small and large organisations, and programs and events.
To remain informed about funding opportunities, go to the Creative Victoria website and submit the form at the bottom of the page.
Victorian Premier's Design Awards
The Victorian Premier's Design Awards recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses using design effectively and sustainably.
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards celebrate and promote Australian writers. The suite of awards culminates with the Victorian Prize for Literature, Australia's most valuable award for writing.
Growing Suburbs Fund
The Growing Suburbs Fund is a $425 million investment over 8 years to support the investment in critical local infrastructure in Melbourne's diverse and fast-growing outer suburbs.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Growing Suburbs Fund has supported approximately 300 community infrastructure projects creating more than 10,200 jobs and representing a total infrastructure investment of $1.078 billion.
Living Libraries Infrastructure Program
The Living Libraries Infrastructure Program helps Victorian councils and regional library corporations to provide high-quality and accessible library infrastructure to meet their communities’ changing needs.
Since it was established in 2015, the Living Libraries Infrastructure Program has invested nearly $45 million dollars into 109 library infrastructure projects.
Funding is provided to support projects that deliver and demonstrate benefits for the community and/or aim to improve engagement and access to learning opportunities.
Public Libraries Funding Program
The Public Libraries Funding Program provides annual funding to councils, regional library corporations, and Vision Australia for the purchase of collection items, information technology, library and outreach programs, and other services provided by Victorian public libraries.
Women’s Building Surveyors Program
The Women’s Building Surveyors Program is a $6.3 million program over two years to support 40 women to become building surveyors with councils across Victoria.
Launched in 2020-21, 40 successful councils have received $75,000 a year for their candidates to begin their professional qualifications, attend development opportunities, and to gain work experience in their field.
Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program
The Municipal Emergency Resourcing Program's (MERP) ongoing annual funding of $4.6 million supports strategic emergency management work undertaken by rural, regional and interface councils.
Roadside Weeds and Pest Program
The Roadside Weeds and Pests Program (RWPP) provides funding support to councils to manage ‘regionally prohibited’ and ‘regionally controlled’ weeds and pests on rural roadsides.
Tourism, sports and major events
The Victorian Government provides funding for a range of business events, major events and regional events, through its tourism marketing and events company, Visit Victoria.
The Significant Sporting Events Program through Sport and Recreation Victoria also provides funding to help sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.
Regional Development Victoria (RDV) grant programs
Infrastructure projects under the visitor economy stream of the regional infrastructure fund must attract increased visitors to the region and deliver an improved experience for those who visit and reside in regional Victoria.
Sport and Recreation Victoria provides a wide range of grants and funding programs to increase participation and maximise the economic and social benefits provided by sport and recreation to all Victorians.
Victorian Racing Industry Fund
The Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) provides grants to the Victorian racing industry for improvements at racing and training venues and for selected programs designed to further stimulate industry growth and development.
Trade and investment
Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA)
The Governor of Victoria Export Awards celebrate the innovation and hard work of exporters across a range of sectors including agribusiness, business services, creative industries, digital technologies, e-commerce, education and training, environment, health and biotechnology, manufacturing, minerals, energy and regional development.
Study Melbourne Scholarships
There are a variety of scholarships for international students in Victoria.
Victorian International Education Awards
Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards
The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognises excellence in manufacturing. There are a number of categories under which manufacturers can submit nominations including the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Honour Roll.-->
Page last updated: 14 April 2021