Tourism Related Grants
From time to time there are a range of grants offered to businesses and events offered by local, state and federal government to operators in the tourism space. Some are highlighted below.
Goulburn River Valley Tourism welcomes the chance to speak with operators and organisers to assist in identifying any appropriate options that may be available. Remember all grant funding is highly competitive and often subject to strict deadlines!
Visit Victoria Regional Events Fund
The $20 million Regional Events Fund 2016-17 to 2019-20 is designed to support the attraction, development, marketing and growth of events in regional Victoria in order to:
- increase economic benefits by driving visitation from outside of the region and the State and extending length of stay and yield;
- showcase Victoria’s key regional tourism strengths and build Victoria’s reputation as an events destination; and
- develop a sustainable calendar of regional events.
This new funding stream supports the securing of new events as well as the enhancement of existing events, so provides a range of great funding opportunities for regional events.
Download the event funding criteria here.
Visitor Economy Program Stream - Regional Development Victoria
Infrastructure projects under this Regional Infrastructure Fund program stream will create new, or redevelop existing tourism and cultural assets that demonstrate a significant impact on the visitor economy.
In particular, projects must attract increased visitors to the region and deliver an improved experience for those who visit and reside in regional Victoria.
Through the Visitor Economy program stream, infrastructure grants for major tourism projects may be available for:
- projects that showcase nature-based experiences including opportunities in state and national parks
- multi-use and single use trails in regions with an existing tourism sector
- new adventure or experiential tourism opportunities
- projects that enhance existing tourism experiences or remove barriers to growth of the tourism sector
- projects that support regional Victoria’s development as a year-round destination
For further information and details on the application process please contact your local RDV office or email: email@example.com . Download the Regional Infrastructure Fund - Visitor Economy Information Sheet here.
Building Better Regions Fund - Closed
This program provides funding for infrastructure projects and community investment that will create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future. Both streams opened on 18 January 2017.
The Infrastructure Projects Stream will close at 5.00pm local time on 28 February 2017 and the Community Investments Stream will close at 5.00pm local time on 31 March 2017. For further information visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/building-better-regions-fund
Festivals Australia -Closed
Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector. Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Activities can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.
The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.
Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.
For all details please visit: https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/festivals-australia
Funding application period: February 20 2017 to March 24 2017.
FRRR Grants for Resilience and Wellness (GR&W)
The Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program has a specific focus on providing assistance towards community-strengthening and resilience-building projects for communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
It recognises that while the fires were in 2009, recovery takes time and an important part of community recovery is having opportunities to connect, share experiences, enhance individual and community wellbeing and resilience, and to build strength and capacity for the future.
For all details please visit: http://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/grants_for_resilience__wellness_grw.php
Funding application period: Close 28 April 2017.
FRRR Community Group Futures
The Community Group Futures program is specifically for not-for-profit organisations working in and for the benefit of communities affected by the 2009 Victorian bushfires.
These organisations continue to experience particular operational and service delivery challenges and are working in very different environments from those prior to the bushfires. The Community Group Futures program has been developed by FRRR to support these community groups.
Funding has been provided by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund.
The Community Group Futures program provides resources for organisations to consider their viability, sustainability and future roles in their communities, and to strengthen organisational capabilities to achieve their aspirations.
It is an opportunity for organisations to think beyond day-to-day operations and short term needs and look ahead to what is required to be sustainable and viable to meet the needs of the community in the years to come.
For all details please visit: http://www.frrr.org.au/grants/Community-Group-Futures
Funding application period: Close 28 April 2017.
Local Government Grants
Some of our member councils run their own grant programs. Please enquire directly with the local council in your area for details. Contact details are located in our About Us > Member Councils section.
You can also find out about other programs, grants and assistance for regional businesses on the Business Victoria website.
For more grants and funding opportunities please consider the Business Grants Finder tool.
Other Funding Streams recently closed:
Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program - Currently Closed
The second round of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program (TDDI) is now open.
This Commonwealth Government program is managed by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Victoria and applications closed on 11 November 2016.
The TDDI program provides monetary investment on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis, to develop tourism infrastructure, ensuring that the benefits of any government investment can be multiplied across the sector. In-kind support is not considered as matching funding.
In particular the program looks to support projects that contribute to achieving the Commonwealth Government's Tourism 2020 objectives.
Further information is available in the TDDI Program Application Guidelines, by contacting the Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch, DEDJTR, on (03) 9653 9772 or via email TDDI@tourism.vic.gov.au.