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:

Tourism Product Development Fund

The NSW Government has announced that $3 million will be available through the 2020/21 Tourism Product Development Fund.

$1 million is available under a Refresh and Renew Fund.

$2 million is available through an Experience Enhancement Fund.

Applications for both funds close at 9am (Sydney time) on 31 March 2021.

Find out more about the Tourism Product Development Fund.

NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract, or support exciting business events for regional NSW. It will also support new initiatives that encourage business event holders to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions.

Find out more about the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund on the Meet in Regional NSW website.

Destination NSW: Regional Event Fund

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

Since it was established in 1996, the Fund has supported 381 individual events across regional NSW.

The Regional Event Fund includes the following two streams:

  • Micro Event Fund – supports the delivery of smaller, community-based events with limited expenditure budgets in regional NSW areas impacted by drought or the recent bushfire activity.
  • Flagship Event Fund – supports the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation.

Find out more about the Regional Event Fund.

Destination NSW: Regional Tourism Fund

Two streams of funding were available through the Regional Tourism Fund between 2016-2019; the Regional Cooperative Tourism Marketing Program and the Regional Tourism Product Development Program. Applications have now closed.

See a list of successful projects: Regional Tourism Fund.

Destination NSW: Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

The Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) was launched in May 2013 to address a range of issues affecting tourism to regional NSW identified in the NSW Government’s Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan (December 2012). This funding program has now closed.

See a list of successful projects: RVEF Contestable Fund  |  RVEF Quarantined 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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