Victorian Racing Industry Fund program guidelines

The Victorian Racing Industry Fund provides funding to the Victorian racing industry to support the sustainability and growth of thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing.

Status: Open Closing: 30/06/2022

Program guidelines

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Funding grants

The VRIF provides support under three funding streams:

Raceday Attraction Program

Provides funding to promote a sustainable racing industry through increased attendance by, and engagement with locals, tourists and participants at Victorian racing events.

Racing Code

Provides funding to support the development of world class racing and training infrastructure which is essential for the ongoing operation and growth of the racing industry across all three racing codes.

Projects must be aligned with the strategic and infrastructure plans of the specific code (i.e. Racing Victoria; Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria).

Proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • The development or upgrade of racing and training infrastructure and patron facilities
  • breeding and sales initiatives
  • animal welfare programs
  • participant welfare programs (e.g. jockeys and trainers)
  • integrity support.

General Fund

Provides funding to support the long-term growth of the Victorian racing industry.

Projects should be aligned with the strategic and infrastructure plans of a specific code (i.e. Racing Victoria; Harness Racing Victoria and Greyhound Racing Victoria) to ensure that they support the broader objectives of the industry.

Consideration may be given to projects that are not described within those plans at the Minister’s discretion.


The following organisations are eligible to apply for a VRIF Grant:

  • Racing Victoria Limited
  • Country Racing Victoria
  • Harness Racing Victoria
  • Greyhound Racing Victoria
  • Racing clubs licensed under section 24A of the Racing Act 1958. This includes HRV Management Limited (trading as Tabcorp Park) and racing clubs registered as part of the Wimmera Racing Club
  • Racing clubs licensed by Racing Victoria Limited as a picnic racing club
  • Racing clubs licensed by Harness Racing Victoria as a graduation club.

The following organisations are eligible to apply for funding under the VRIF with written support from the relevant controlling body:

  • associated racing industry bodies and stakeholders, for example the Victorian Jockeys’ Association, Australian Trainers’ Association (Victorian Branch)
  • Racing Analytical Services Limited
  • Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs.

Please refer to the guidelines for further information.

Funding rounds

The Racing Code and General Fund is open all year.

The Raceday Attraction Program funding stream are considered in four rounds per annum the closing dates are listed below.

Annual funding round

Funding round opens

Applications closing date


1 July

31 August


1 September

30 November


1 December

28 February


1 March

31 May

Apply now

Start a new application

Please note applicants need to upload a copy of a completed budget with their online applications.

Download the Club event budget template.Club event budget template.xlsx (XLSX 19.11 KB)XLSX icon

Program area and assistance

For more information about the Victorian Racing Industry Fund please contact the Office of Racing 9668 2403 or

Page last updated: 28 November 2019