Events Funding and Tourism Grants

23 January 2012

Below is a listing of specific tourism funding and grants programs available to NSW tourism businesses.

Note: This list may not be exhaustive and it is recommended that you also conduct your own investigations:

Destination NSW: Regional Tourism Fund

The NSW Government has announced $13 million in regional tourism funding, between 2016 and 2019, to support the regional tourism industry in NSW.

Up to $4 million is available in 2016 – 2017 and $4.5 million will be available during 2017 – 2018 and 2018 – 2019. Any funds unallocated during 2016 – 2017 will be rolled into the following year’s program.

Find out more about the Regional Tourism Fund.

Destination NSW: Regional Flagship Events Program (RFEP)

The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism event for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to the region. Since it was established in 1997, the Regional Flagship Events Program has supported 271 individual events across regional NSW.

On 6 July 2016, the NSW Government announced that the Regional Flagship Events Program would be expanded to include two additional funds in addition to the existing marketing support fund. The name “Regional Flagship Events Program” will remain as the umbrella title under which the three funds will sit:

  • Incubator Event Fund - supports the establishment of new events
  • Flagship Event Fund -  supports the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation
  • Event Development Fund – supports the strategic development of proven flagship events as drivers of tourism.

Find out more about the Regional Flagship Events Program.

Destination NSW: Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

This funding program is now closed.

On 2 December 2016 the NSW Government announced the Regional Tourism Fund.

Tourism Research Australia: Destination Visitor Survey Program (DVS)

Tourism Research Australia provides research information that supports improved decision making, marketing and tourism industry performance for the Australian community. The aim of the DVS Program is to provide the opportunity for regional tourism destinations to undertake research surveys specific to their area and assist informed decision making to support growth of sustainable tourism products. The research conducted within the DVS program is split into two streams: Visitor Profile and Satisfaction Program and Strategic Regional Research Program.

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