Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There are a number of grant and funding opportunities that may be available to your business, project or event. Make sure you read the criteria carefully to ensure that you meet the guidelines. Some grants are highly competitive with short application time frames.

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For general enquiries and support for your application, Contact Us.


Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant Program - CLOSES 6th October

The Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program supports the recovery efforts of communities in eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) affected by the 2019–20 bushfires.

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at supporting community recovery or resilience from the 2019–20 bushfires
  • be delivered in one or more eligible Local Government Areas (LGAs) listed in Appendix A of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • include eligible activities consistent with project activities listed in the grant opportunity guidelines
  • have at least $20,000 in eligible expenditure.

Regional Events Acceleration Fund - CLOSES 17 DEC (or when all funding committed)

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

Regional Arts Fund - Renewal. Ongoing until funds expended

Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.

Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW. Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with some relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers.

National Bushfire Recovery - Support for Small Business

Disaster recovery grants are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the 2019/20 bushfires.

COVID 19 - Support for Small Business

The NSW Government have released a number of grants, loans and financial assistance to support NSW businesses.

International Business Development Program

This program encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets. The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events which have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators. Ongoing

Assistance accessing finance - Export Finance Australia

If you’re a business that provides tourism services directly, or through the supply chain, to international tourists and you need finance to help you grow the international side of your business, Export Finance Australia may be able to help. Examples of how they support tourism businesses are; providing working capital needed to add more staff or upgrade assets to service international customers, working capital to undertake international marketing campaigns, loans to buy assets to service international visitors.

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