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Arts & Creative, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

RAF Cultural Tourism Accelerator

Funder: Federal – Regional Arts

Grant Background: The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program is a $5 million targeted measure announced by the Australian Government as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package, which will enable arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia. The program will increase tourism visitation in regional, rural and remote communities across Australia by providing financial support for arts and cultural activity. The program recognises that the cultural and creative industries play a critical role in contributing to the creativity, diversity and prosperity of Australia’s regional and rural economy.

The Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program aims to:

  • Support place-based programs to increase visitation
  • Build consumer confidence and activate engagement
  • Drive engagement across communities and between regions
  • Support sector-led responses.

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Community
Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

Funder:  Destination NSW

Grant Background: The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for Regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and business events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event
  4. Support for a Business Event Project

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Environmental, Rural & Regional

Recycling Modernisation Fund

Funder: Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Recycling Modernisation Fund aims to address waste infrastructure gaps in regional and remote areas of Australia. Managing waste in regional and remote locations presents a range of additional challenges including isolation through seasonal weather changes and a lack of connection to major roads or towns. These challenges mean that regional and remote areas often lack kerbside waste collection and access to recycling and remanufacturing centres.

A key target of the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan  is to achieve an 80 per cent average resource recovery rate from all waste streams following the waste hierarchy by 2030. The National Action Plan recognises that to achieve this target, regional and remote areas require better access to waste management and processing capabilities.

To help reach this target, the Australian Government will co-fund additional projects under RMF that increase the sorting, processing, and manufacturing or remanufacturing capacity of regional and remote locations.

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Agriculture
Agriculture, Rural & Regional

AgUp Program

Funder:  Federal – Agriculture

Grant Background: The Australian Government is inviting applications via a targeted competitive process to contribute towards outcomes under the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Outcome 3 – More sustainable, productive, internationally competitive and profitable Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries through policies and initiatives that promote better resource management practices, innovation, self-reliance and improved access to international markets commencing in the 2021–22 financial year.

The AgUP grant program provides grants to co-fund industry-led (agriculture, fisheries and forestry) initiatives aimed at supporting jobs and retaining the Australian workforce by building skills, establishing and enhancing career progression pathways and mentoring opportunities. The grants will support initiatives that encourage the development of innovative approaches to career progression and support the retention and sustainability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector workforce.

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Community
Community, Rural & Regional

Stronger Communities Programme

Funder:  Federal Government

Grant Background: The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to deliver social benefits in communities across Australia. The program intends to encourage and support participation in local projects, improve local community participation and contribute to vibrant and viable communities.

Round 7 of the program will continue to support Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For this special round, grant funding will be up to 100 per cent of eligible project costs except for local governing bodies where grant funding will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Community consultation is a critical element of the program. In consultation with their community, each MP must identify potential applicants and projects in their electorate and invite them to apply for a grant. Invited applications will be assessed against the program’s eligibility criteria through a closed non-competitive process.

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Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Event Acceleration Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional Growth Fund

Grant Background: To support the social and economic recovery of our regions, the NSW Government’s $20 million Regional Events Acceleration Fund helps organisations to:

  • attract new major international and domestic events to regional areas
  • make existing regional events even bigger and better.

Funding will help meet the costs of attracting or retaining major events, such as premier sporting fixtures or competitions, and helps fund the operational and infrastructure improvements existing events need to increase visitation and length of stay.

The types of events eligible for funding include:

  • major sporting and lifestyle events
  • major food and beverage events
  • major music, art and culture festivals.

Stream One: Major Event Operations and Infrastructure

Grants are available to support temporary event infrastructure and operational improvements at existing regional events to help increase visitation. Examples of the types of event infrastructure and operational improvements that are eligible for funding include:

  • securing a major artist/performance to increase an event’s appeal
  • additional temporary seating areas to increase capacity
  • additional staging for a music festival
  • establishing a pop-up camping and caravan site to support more overnight stays.

Stream Two: Major Event Attraction and Enhancement 

Grants are for the attraction, delivery and retention of major international and domestic events to regional areas across regional NSW, with a focus on major sporting events providing national or international exposure.

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Arts
Arts & Creative, Heritage, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) Program

Funder:  Australian Museums & Galleries Association

Grant Background: The Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program is a $3 million Australian Government program that aims to support community cultural, heritage and arts organisations in regional Australia as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

The CHART program promotes participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression and sharing stories of community and historical significance. Community-run arts and cultural organisations – including community museums, galleries, and historical societies – will benefit from CHART program funding. The program will support these organisations to continue to offer appealing cultural tourism experiences to visitors, which in turn will enhance local expenditure.

The intended outcomes of CHART program grants are to:

  • Contribute to the reactivation and recovery of organisations from COVID-19, and to their ongoing sustainability, by providing grants for eligible activities
  • Promote regional arts and cultural tourism by supporting the development of appealing cultural tourism experiences, including through the preservation of Australia’s cultural heritage and the telling of the stories of local communities and
  • Support domestic intra- and inter-state tourism and local economies more broadly.

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International
Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Refresh & Renew Fund

Funder:  NSW – Destination NSW

Grant Background: The NSW Government has announced that $1.6 million in funding is available in 2021-22, to support the accommodation sector in regional NSW to Refresh and Renew their rooms and facilities to better meet consumer expectations. Due to COVID-19, many people who would traditionally travel to overseas destinations for their holiday will now be travelling domestically to regional NSW destinations.

To assist regional NSW accommodation businesses to better meet consumer expectations, grants are now available to assist regional NSW accommodation operators to Refresh and Renew their accommodation offering. A key focus for the funding will be projects supported by evidence that the proposed work is needed to meet the expectations of consumers.

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Business, Community, Environmental, Rural & Regional

Remanufacture NSW – Regional and Remote Recycling Modernisation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Planning & Environment

Grant Background: A key target of the 2019 National Waste Policy Action Plan (the National Action Plan) is to achieve an 80% average resource recovery rate of all waste streams following the waste hierarchy by 2030. To achieve this target, the National Action Plan recognises that regional and remote areas require better access to waste management and processing.

To help reach this target the Australian and NSW Governments will co-fund projects that increase the sorting, processing, and manufacturing or remanufacturing capacity of regional and remote locations. The areas of interest for this funding are all non-metro areas falling under the ABS classifications of inner and outer regional, remote and very remote areas.

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