The Victorian Government is helping Victorian agricultural and pastoral societies boost their COVID recovery.
More than $1 million in funding for 79 events will allow performing companies across the state to support free admission for children to shows and field days.
Grants ranging from $750 to over $90,000 have been awarded as part of the government’s one-time investment in the Children Entry COVID Recovery Grants program.
Agriculture Victoria’s Executive Director, Policy and Programs, Sarah-Jane McCormack, congratulated the winners.
“The grants are an incredible way to ensure that more children and families can come and take advantage of the offerings at our state’s regional and rural shows.”
“Bravo to the shows that have already taken place and watch out for any upcoming shows in the state,” McCormack said.
“Regional and rural shows have had a tough two years, and it’s exciting to see them come back bigger and brighter than ever.”
No matter the size, these grants help organizers get the shows going again.
Regional and rural shows are an integral part of Victorian society, building community spirit by celebrating agriculture in a fun, entertaining, educational and inclusive environment.
Victorian Agriculture Shows general manager Rod Bowles said he was delighted to see the grants awarded to shows across the state.
“Many thanks to the Victorian Government for their support of Victorian agricultural and pastoral societies and our recovery from the impacts of COVID-19,” Mr Bowles said.
“We have already hosted some major shows again, including the 146th Annual Shepparton Show, the Horsham Agricultural Show and the Mildura Show. But there’s a lot more to come, including the 167e Warrnambool Show, so keep your eyes peeled!
The Government continues to support Victoria Shows with the 2022-2023 cycle of Agricultural and Pastoral Society grants.
As in previous years, eligible applicants can request up to $10,000 for infrastructure development and business activities to celebrate Victoria’s communities, agricultural practices, industry and products.
Applications for the 2022-23 Agricultural and Pastoral Society Grants close October 21.