Festival and Event Support Scheme 2017 - 2018

The Festival and Event Support Scheme (FESS) for 2017/18 is NOW CLOSED. 

The Festival and Event Support Scheme (FESS) is council’s funding program for festivals and events conducted within the Colac Otway Shire.  This funding program provides seed funding to assist with the establishment of new event initiatives and also supports the development and growth of established events. An established event is defined as an event that has been conducted for more than three years.

There is one round of funding per year. 


 The aims and objectives of the Festival and Event Support Scheme are to:

  • Provide financial assistance to conduct established professional and quality festival or event activities within the Colac Otway Shire.
  • Improve the quality of life experiences for communities within the municipality by increasing access to quality festivals and events.
  • Promote cultural diversity and greater awareness, appreciation and participation in activities within the Colac Otway Shire area.
  • Promote a sense of pride and community identity.
  • Stimulate visitation and tourism to the Colac Otway Shire area and increase economic and social development opportunities.
  • Contribute to the recognition of the Colac Otway Shire area as a region to host festivals and events.
  • Create an environment for innovation and creativity within the municipality.
  • Assist established festivals and events (where appropriate) to enable the festival or event to become as self-sufficient as possible.

 Funding is available in three categories:

Sponsorship (up to $5000)

  • This level of sponsorship is available to existing event organisers that have demonstrated that the event is sustainable (both financially and socially) and have run the event for more than three years.
  • Events within this category will provide significant benefits to the Colac Otway Shire in terms of economic, social and cultural growth to the region and contribution to the local community.
  • Events within this category must demonstrate a significant community focus.

Seed Funding (up to $2000)

  • This funding is designed to encourage the development of new events.
  • Events will need to show that the proposed event will provide strong benefits to the Colac Otway Shire in terms of economic, social and cultural contribution to the local community.
  • Events within this category will demonstrate a strong community focus.

One-off Events (up to $1000 per event)

  • This funding is for one-off events for celebrations of significant local historical milestones or other important one-off events.
  • Events within this category will demonstrate a strong community focus.

To apply for the Festival and Event Support Scheme ensure you have read the guidelines to make sure you are eligible.  Once you are ready to apply complete the application form. 

If you have any questions and would like to discuss your application with a council officer call 5232 9400 and ask for the Events Department.