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.

For tips and guidance on writing grant applications check out our video library here.

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


2022 Flavours of NSW Showcase Subsidy

Small businesses are invited to express interest in a subsidy to showcase their speciality products at the Fine Food Australia tradeshow.

The offer includes a $5,000 subsidy and business support for 12 emerging NSW-based niche and premium food and beverage manufacturers to attend the event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre between 5-8 September 2022, as part of the Flavours of NSW showcase.

Participation will introduce business owners to new interstate and international opportunities to grow their businesses.

Applications close 20th May.

More information available here.

Free Digital Skills Accelerator Program

A free Digital Skills Accelerator Program has been launched to help tourism businesses digitally transform their marketing.

Destination NSW has partnered with digital consultancy Tourism Tribe to offer the free program to NSW accommodation providers, tour companies and visitor attractions.
Open to 150 businesses, the program includes a digital health check report, two 1-hour consultation sessions with a digital advisor and access to a course library to help improve knowledge and digital skills.

Places are limited to 150 participants and will be assessed on a first come, first served basis and best fit to eligibility criteria.

Find out more here.

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund - Extended deadline: 6pm AEDT 1 June 2022

Destination NSW is offering grants of up to $30,000 to attract, create and support business events for regional NSW, and to motivate business event owners to incorporate regional NSW in their plans.

The Fund is open to local government, local tourism organisations, convention organisers, chambers of commerce, business events industry operators, industry associations, sole traders, corporations and professional conference organisers looking to create or host a business event in regional NSW.

Funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar by applicants and is available on the following scale:

  • Up to $15,000 for a business event up to 150 delegates
  • Up to $30,000 for a business event with over 150 delegates

Applications close 6pm AEDT on Wednesday 1 June 2022 or when funds have been fully expended, whichever occurs first. 

Find out more here.

Crown Reserves Improvement Fund - Closes 5pm 3 June 2022

Grant applications are open to the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund.

Reserve managers from local councils and community groups who use Crown land including showgrounds are encouraged to apply for funding to upgrades to facilities used by community organisations.

Application close 5pm on Friday 3 June 2022. 

More information available here.

Electric Vehicle Destination Charging Grants- Closes 23 September 2022

Up to 3500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be rolled out across regional NSW, with the NSW Government offering $20 million in grants to establish Australia’s largest destination charging network.

Round one will be open for 4 months from Monday 23 May 2022 to Friday 23 September 2022, with a total funding allocation of $7 million.

Eligibility and funding guidelines can be found here.

    NSW’s Aviation Attraction Fund - Closes 30 June 2023

    The Aviation Attraction Fund will accelerate NSW’s Road to Recovery, by building aviation capacity to the state through securing routes that will drive significant economic and social benefits.

    The fund is open to all domestic and international airlines servicing the state or planning to service the state.

    Funding streams – The NSW Aviation Attraction Fund is split into three streams:

    1. Sydney International Route Support
    2. Regional NSW Domestic and International Route Support
    3. NSW Contestable Fund

    Find out more here

      Disaster Recovery Grants

      Small businesses and not-for-profits can now apply for grants of up to $50,000 to help them recover from recent storm and flooding events in NSW.

      These grants are now available in 59 local government areas and is being jointly funded by the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

      The Storm & Flood Small Business Disaster Recovery Grant is designed to help pay for costs of clean-up and reinstatement of a small business or not-for-profit organisation’s operations who suffered direct physical damage as a result of the severe storms and floods during November and December 2021.

      Find out more including eligibility requirements and how to apply here.

      NSW Performing Arts Relaunch Package

      The aim of this package is to relaunch the performing arts sector in line with the NSW Government roadmap to recovery. Funding will cover eligible performances from 19 September 2021 to 30 April 2022.

      This package is an extension of the original Performing Arts COVID Support Package that was designed to support the sector while in lockdown.

      This new package is designed to assist the sector to relaunch by providing certainty and confidence as audiences return to theatres and other performance venues.

      Find out more here.

      Regional Event Fund - Multiple streams with varied closing dates

      The Regional Event Fund identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism events for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long-term benefits to the region.

      The 2022 Regional Event Fund includes the following three streams:

      • Event Development stream – for the strategic development of proven events as drivers of tourism (closes when funds are exhausted)
      • Closed – Incubator Event stream – for the establishment of new events (closed 5th Dec)
      • Closed – Flagship Event stream – for the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation (closed 5th Dec)

      Applications are open. See each stream above for closing dates. 

      Find out more about the Regional Event Fund.

      Cooperative Marketing Program

      Destination NSW will allocate $2 million to a Cooperative Marketing Program for activity that leverages the new ‘Feel New’ Visitor Brand to drive demand, increase exposure and ensure NSW destinations and experiences are top-of-mind between March and June 2022.

      The Cooperative Marketing Program enables eligible tourism organisations, local governments and tourism-related businesses to buy into Destination NSW-led promotional activity packages under the NSW Visitor Brand at subsidised rates.

      The program takes into consideration the cash constraints being experienced by visitor economy stakeholders as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased pressure on their marketing resources to generate immediate visitation and future sustainability.

      Opportunity to participate will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, subject to applicants meeting the required criteria.
      The Cooperative Marketing Prospectus can be downloaded here. Applications open on 2 December 2021.

      Visit the DNSW website for more information.

      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.

      COVID 19 - Support

      Businesses, workers and the performing arts across NSW are all set to benefit from a major financial support package of more than $1 billion to help those that have been hardest hit by the Omicron wave.

      The package includes financial support for small business to buy rapid antigen tests (RATs) to help keep their workers safe and a new Small Business Support Program to assist businesses to help keep their workers employed.

      More information can be found via this link.

      Additional resources such as grants, loans and financial assistance to support NSW businesses can be found here.

      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.

      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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