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.
Aboriginal economic development
The Dr (Aunty) Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program provides $30,000 per year for up to 4 years. Up to 8 scholarships are funded at any one time to support both undergraduate and postgraduate Victorian Aboriginal students to undertake full-time study in a range of fields related to the portfolio areas of the department.
Find out more about the Dr (Aunty) Mary Atkinson Scholarship Program.
Cultural and creative economy
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, micro-businesses and collectives, small and large organisations, and creative projects and events.
To remain informed about funding opportunities, and other creative sector opportunities, subscribe to Creative Victoria’s eNewsletters or follow Creative Victoria on social media.
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.
Employment and small business
Business Victoria offers a range of grants and programs to support businesses. To find one for your business, see: Grants and programs.
Industry and innovation
The mRNA Victoria Research Acceleration Fund Grants took place in 2021 and 2022. For more information, including grant recipients, visit: mRNA Victoria.
Breakthrough Victoria invests in companies at all stages, from pre-seed to growth capital. Submit your pitch and read more at Breakthrough Victoria.
The department manages several grant programs to help the state’s advanced manufacturers to innovate, grow production and capitalise on new opportunities. Find out what’s on offer at Business Victoria.
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.
Recreational Fishing Grants Program
Every year the Victorian Government, through the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Account, reinvests Recreational Fishing Licence fees into projects to improve recreational fishing in Victoria. Since its inception in 2001, the program has funded over 600 projects, worth more than $21 million throughout Victoria.
For more information, visit: Recreational Fishing Grants Program.
Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance and Recreational Boating Access & Dredging Grants Program
The Victorian Government is reinvesting boaters’ licence and registration fees back into projects to improve access and facilities through the Recreational Boating Structural Maintenance and Access and Dredging Grants Programs. Up to $2m is available to ramp managers in order to undertake repairs at boat ramps while up to $1m is on offer for ramp managers to conduct dredging and enable all-tide access.
Sustainable Hunting Grants
The Sustainable Hunting Grants are helping to promote responsible, safe and sustainable game hunting practices.
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.
Tourism and 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.
Tourism project facilitation
The Victorian Government provides a number of grants and programs for tourism businesses to support the delivery of Victoria’s renowned and varied tourism destinations.
Trade and investment
Equity Investment Attraction Fund
The Equity Investment Attraction Fund prioritises direct equity investments in high-growth companies of strategic interest to Victoria, which are looking to scale up their business. The fund’s primary focus will be on attracting international or interstate start ups to Victoria.
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.
Venture Growth Fund
The Victorian Government has committed $25 million to establish the Venture Growth Fund. This fund offers eligible high-growth start ups access to venture credit of between $50,000 and $5 million, helping create jobs and driving economic growth.
Victorian International Education Awards
The Victorian International Education Awards support the international education sector and raise awareness of the sector’s benefits to the broader community and recognise the outstanding accomplishments of the students, staff and institutions that make up Victoria’s thriving international education sector.
Page last updated: 14 April 2021