Events Funding and Tourism Grants

23 January 2012

Tourism Support Package

On 25 March, the NSW Government announced a $51.5 million economic package to support the visitor economy. 

The package includes: 

  • $20 million for up to 200,000 x $100 CBD accommodation vouchers  
  • $24 million to Destination NSW for a Live Music Support Package to be administered in partnership with Create NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner.
  • $5.5 million for a Business Events Industry Support Package to assist business events in Greater Sydney and across NSW. For more information including eligibility criteria and the LGAs relevant to each fund and to apply, visit Meet In Sydney for the Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong program, and Meet In NSW for business events elsewhere in regional NSW.
  • $2 million for a Tourism Industry Marketing Support Package through the Love NSW campaign. 

More information about the package at: nsw.gov.au/living-nsw/tourism-support-package

Tourism Product Development Fund

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

Two streams of funding were available: $1 million under a Refresh and Renew Fund and $2 million through an Experience Enhancement Fund.

Applications for both funds closed 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.

On 25 March 2021, the NSW Government announced $5.5 million for a Business Events Industry Support package to assist the business events sector in Greater Sydney and regional NSW. 

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.

For more information go to tra.gov.au


Note: Destination NSW’s industry support programs are regularly evolving in response to market conditions. Please review these additional resources for other opportunities: