Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Tourism Activation Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional Growth Fund

Grant Background: The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports the development of unique and high impact tourism and events infrastructure that helps to boost local economies, create jobs and ensure visitors to regional NSW have unforgettable experiences that encourage repeat visitation. The Regional Tourism Activation Fund is also aiming to boost regional tourism and improve the visitor experience for people with disability in regional NSW by making funding available for:

  • the development of unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements.

Types of projects eligible for funding include:

  • construction of new tourism infrastructure and/or significant enhancements to existing infrastructure to create unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • upgrades and extensions to existing infrastructure to improve accessibility and inclusion linked to unique and high impact visitor experiences.

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Business, Tourism & Events

Business Events Boost Programme

Funder:  Tourism Australia

Grant Background: The Business Events Boost Programme provides funding and expertise to industry-led marketing and distribution projects which help restart business events in Australia, to support industry recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Business Events Boost Program will support activity including:

  • Content creation and collateral including video and still photography
  • Marketing assets for domestic bidding and for the conversion of new national events
  • Unique and strategic delegate boosting initiatives
  • Digital marketing activity including social media or website enhancements
  • Communication activity such as direct mail, microsites, public relations activity or editorial coverage
  • Media buy and marketing campaigns with amplification strategies
  • Virtual reality and online site inspections
  • Podcasts and audio interview series
  • Qualified distribution and business development activity

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Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Regional Events Acceleration Fund

Funder:  NSW – Regional NSW

Grant Background: The cancellation of major events due to COVID-19 has impacted local event venues, workers and communities who rely on the influx of visitors and tourist dollars.

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.

The funding is for events hosted in regional NSW between March 2021 and June 2022.

The Regional Events Acceleration Fund offers two streams – Major Event Operations and Infrastructure grants and Major Event Attraction and Enhancement grants.

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Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

Funder:  Meet in 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 events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event – To encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events.
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event – To assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. The business event should have previously been held in a capital city, interstate or overseas and funding is being sought to bring the event to a regional NSW location.
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event – To support events that are held in regional NSW and may rotate between locations. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
  4. Support for a Business Event Project – To assist rural and regional NSW implement business event projects or initiatives aimed at driving growth in the visitor economy of regional NSW. This may take the form of a business event series or roadshow; a specific element of a business event where the main event is being held in a capital city or interstate; or a small-scale infrastructure project specifically designed to support growth in business events.

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Energy
Business, Tourism & Events

Hotel Energy Uplift Programme

Funder:  Federal – Industry

Grant Background: The Hotel Energy Uplift Program provides grants to support small and medium hotels to reduce their energy use, improve energy productivity and deliver carbon abatement.

The objectives of the program are to assist hotels to:

  • upgrade equipment to reduce energy consumption
  • upgrade the building fabric to save energy, such as improving windows, drapes or insulation
  • undertake energy management activities and assessments, such as energy audits and engineering feasibility studies for energy efficiency upgrades
  • invest in energy monitoring and management systems.

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Business, Rural & Regional, Tourism & Events

Experience Enhancement Fund

Funder:  NSW – Tourism

Grant Background: The Experience Enhancement Fund offers grants on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis and is available for:

  • Upgrading existing accommodation to 4 – 5-star
  • Upgrading existing business and leisure event venues/facilities to meet client requirements
  • Repurposing existing infrastructure to provide new visitor economy facilities, services or experiences not currently available within the destination
  • Creating new tourism attractions or experiences

Local Councils, Industry Associations and tourism businesses based and operating in regional NSW can apply.

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Business, Tourism & Events

Refresh & Renew

Funder:  NSW – Tourism

Grant Background: The NSW Government has announced that $1 million in funding is available in 2020-21, to support the tourism industry in NSW to Refresh and Renew their tourism product 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 tourism businesses to better meet consumer expectations, grants are now available to assist regional NSW tourism operators Refresh and Renew their product.

Eligible applicants include cafes, bars, restaurants, accredited visitor information centres, hotels, motels, caravan parks, visitor attractions, museums, galleries, conference and event centres or facilities. Work could include fresh paint, new curtains, new carpet, new furniture, bedspreads, TVs, beds, upgrades to facilities such as a new reception area, bar, display cabinets, etc.

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Tourism & Events

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant – Stream 1

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: The Australian Government announced $76 million for rebuilding Australian Tourism in bushfire affected regions to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions. Austrade is administering the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency initiative, a $10 million grants program.

Stream 1 will support smaller-scale events (including the promotion of these events), concerts, festivals and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream,

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Business, Tourism & Events

Wine Tourism & Cellar Door Grant

Funder:  Wine Australia

Grant Background: The Wine Tourism and Cellar Door Grant program has been introduced to support producers who add value by encouraging visitors to wine regions, and thereby encourage wine tourism. Wine producers will be able to access an annual grant reflective of their eligible physical cellar door sales.

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