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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Refresh & Renew Fund - Closes 9th Dec 2021

This fund is available to businesses based in regional NSW that operate a medium size accommodation property i.e. more than 10 rooms and less than 100 rooms.  Grants are intended to assist the accommodation provider improve their facilities and accommodation to better meet consumer expectations with particular emphasis on addressing issues that have been identified by consumers through their feedback.

The Fund offers a grant of $30,000, with a $15,000 co-contribution from the applicant, to assist accommodation providers improve their facilities and accommodation to better meet consumer expectations. The minimum eligible project budget is $45,000.

Applications for the Refresh and Renew Fund close on 9 December 2021 at midnight Sydney Time.

For more information please review the:

Find out more about the Refresh & Renew Fund here. 

Experience Development Fund - Opening soon

This fund is available to businesses that are proposing to develop a new attraction or experience in NSW that directly aligns with the NSW strengths identified in the Visitor Economy Strategy (VES) 2030. This fund involves a two-stage process. The first stage is an Expression of Interest (EOI). The shortlisted EOIs will be invited to submit a full application.

The Fund offers grants of between $80,000 and $150,000 in matched dollar-for-dollar funding to support projects that will create a new tourism attraction or experience that aligns with the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030.

Applications for the Experience Development Fund will be opening soon – please check this link  for updates.

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:

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

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.

NSW Regional Business Development Fund

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 5:00pm AEDT 31 January 2022 or when funds have been fully expended, whichever occurs first. 

Find out more here.

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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