Grants, awards and scholarships

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.

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.

Outdoor recreation

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 Grants Program. Annual grants programs have been available to ramp managers to undertake dredging, improve access and conduct structural maintenance at their facilities.

Sustainable Hunting Grants

The Sustainable Hunting Grants are helping to promote responsible, safe and sustainable game hunting practices.

Sport

Sport grants

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

Events funding

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.