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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Business Case & Strategy Development Fund - Closes 24 August

The Regional NSW Business Case and Strategy Development Fund is now open.

The fund aims to support local councils, joint organisations of councils, not-for-profit, industry and Aboriginal community groups develop business cases or strategies for projects delivering significant economic or social benefits to regional communities, with a focus on infrastructure.

The funding will help organisations build their capacity to plan for and deliver projects and regional development initiatives. The program will also help to build a pipeline of investment-ready projects for future funding opportunities.

Find out more here

Applications close 24 August 2022.

    The ACT Event Fund - Closes 5th September

    The ACT Event Fund plays an active role in stimulating and fostering positive economic, social, and community outcomes for the Canberra Region through the events sector. Funding is available for eligible applicants to further develop, market, and promote their events.

    Support under the ACT Event Fund 2023 is for events staged in the 2023 calendar year and incorporates two funding categories:

    • Community Event Funding (up to $15,000) and
    • Event Development Funding (up to $30,000).

    Applications will close on Monday, 5 September 2022 at 3:00pm.

    Click here for further details, including Funding Guidelines, eligibility criteria and how to apply. 

      The Volunteer & Museum Small Grants Fund - Closes 11th September

      Volunteer & Museum Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums and Aboriginal cultural spaces. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

      Small Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal cultural spaces (with object collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as AMaGA Chapters.

      Grants up to $2,000 are available with priority given to museums impacted by flooding and flood related applications.

      Applications close 11th September 2022

      Find out more here

        Stronger Country Communities Fund - Closes 23 September

        The Stronger Country Communities Fund supports projects that aim to boost the wellbeing of communities in regional areas by providing new or upgraded social and sporting infrastructure, or community programs that have strong local support. 

        Round 5 includes $160 million, available for community projects that increase the wellbeing of regional NSW communities, and up to $50 million for projects delivered by eligible community applicants. 

        Applications close at 5pm AEST, 23 September 2022. 

        For more information, including eligibility criteria click 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.

          Regional Tourism Activation Fund - Closes 27th September

          Regional Tourism Activation Fund is now open. The fund provides grants of $500,000 to $20,000,000 to support the development of high impact tourism infrastructure projects that increase visitation, expenditure and extend length of stay for visitors to regional NSW.

          Closes at 5pm on Tuesday 27 September 2022.

          Find out more here

          Disaster Recovery Allowance - Closes 29th September

          Disaster Recovery Allowance – NSW Floods, February 2022 supports individual who have lost income as a direct result of the floods in NSW starting in February 2022. The Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) is a short term payment to help individuals if a disaster directly affects their income, payable for a maximum of 13 weeks. 

          Applicants have until 29 September 2022 to make a claim.

          Visit this link to find out more and check eligible Local Government Areas.

          The Volunteer & Museum Skills Development Grants - Closes 30th October

          Volunteer & Museum Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums and museum networks for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

          Skills Development Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal cultural spaces (with object collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as AMaGA Chapters.

          Grants of up to $4,000 are available. Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before the activity/event is scheduled to take place.

          Applications close 30th October 2022

          Find out more here

            Coastal & Estuary Grants Program - Multiple streams with varied closing dates

            The NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides technical and financial support to local government to help manage the coastal zone. The main aim of the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is to manage risks from coastal hazards, restore and maintain coastal habitats and improve the health of estuaries, wetlands and coastal rainforests in New South Wales.

            The program offers three funding streams; planning, implementation and significant open coast hazards, and aims to help:

            • manage risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion
            • restore degraded coastal habitats
            • improve the health of estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests across New South Wales.

            The program supports coastal and estuary planning projects and the implementation of works identified in certified coastal zone management plans or coastal management programs. Grant offers are subject to statewide priorities and availability of funds each financial year.

            For more information including eligibility and closing dates for each stream, please click 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.

            Return to Work Toolkit for Women

            The NSW Government is supporting women returning to work with grants of up to $5,000 to fund a new work wardrobe, technology and training to help them return to the workforce, thanks to a $32 million investment in the 2022-23 NSW Budget.

            The Return to Work Toolkit brings together a range of trusted online resources to help women find reliable information on entering or reentering the workforce, upskilling or starting a business. 

            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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