Tourism Grants & Funding
Destination NSW: Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)
The Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) is managed by Destination NSW and supports investment in the regional New South Wales visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis. Applications may be submitted for product development and marketing activities that will contribute to the NSW Government objective of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.
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Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism:
Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants
TIRF is for regional tourism businesses looking to improve their tourism offerings. It is a competitive merit based grants program designed to enhance the quality of tourism products in regional areas to encourage repeat visitation and longer stays by domestic and international visitors.
Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 are available on a fund matching basis. Applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is market responsive, improves the attractiveness of the destination, fits with the region's tourism experience and will meet long-term industry objectives.
Tourism operators outside the Sydney metropolitan area are eligible to apply for grants to 14 December.
For more information go to ret.gov.au External link or call the TIRF Grants Hotline on (02) 6243 7604.
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism: TQUAL Grants
TQUAL Grants is a competitive merit based grants program that aims to stimulate sustainable economic growth in the Australian tourism industry by making funding available for tourism projects that enhance and refresh Australia's tourism offering and its competitiveness as a destination.
Two types of funding are available:
T-QUAL Grants - Tourism Quality Projects
Funding of between $15,000 (plus GST) and $100,000 (plus GST) is available on a matched funding basis.
T-QUAL Strategic Tourism Investment Grants of up to $1million to fund a small number of larger scale projects to support Indigenous tourism and/or economic development/tourism employment.
For more information, go to ret.gov.au/tqual External link or hotline phone (02) 6243 7604.
You can also view T-QUAL Grants information session videos External link to help you apply.
Tourism Research Australia: Visitor Profile and Satisfaction Program (VPS)
Tourism Research Australia (now a branch of Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism) provides research information that supports improved decision making, marketing and tourism industry performance for the Australian community. The aim of the Visitor Profile and Satisfaction Program is to provide the opportunity for regional tourism destinations to undertake research surveys specific to the destination and assist informed decision making to support growth of sustainable tourism products.
Destination NSW: Regional Flagship Events program
Destination NSW's Regional Flagship Events program supports events with tourism potential in regional New South Wales to serve as flagships for the region - building its image and boosting visitation numbers. Since 1996, 186 events have been funded under this program, to the tune of almost $4.2 million.
Destination NSW funds a $10,000 per event Annual Program and a $20,000 per event Triennial Program, to help events that can demonstrate their significance for local tourism.
For more information, see the Regional Flagship Events page or phone David Moretti on (02) 9931 1466.
Destination NSW: International Business Development Program
The International Business Development Program is designed to support New South Wales product suppliers and destination promoters by providing financial support for trade familiarisation and educational visits, Destination NSW missions to market, trade workshops, nominated Tourism Australia missions and events, and other international trade events. The International Business Development Program replaces the Incentive Funding Program and will run for a two-year period from July 2012 to June 2014.
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Destination NSW: Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program
In 2011 the NSW Government allocated $5 million for a one year Regional Tourism Product Development Program to create, grow and enhance tourism products available across regional NSW to help attract more visitors.
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