The NSW Government has announced a suite of grant programs offering more than $8 million to drive the visitor economy’s recovery.
Destinations, tourism operators and events can kick off their recovery efforts with this much-welcomed boost post COVID.
A range of projects and initiatives are eligible for funding through the following 4 programs to be delivered by Destination NSW, including:
- $4.1 million Tourism Product Development Fund – to support regional accommodation renewal and new visitor experiences
- $1.5 million Regional Event Fund – to support new and flagship regional events
- $2 million Co-operative Marketing Program – leveraging Destination NSW’s new ‘Feel New’ marketing campaign
- $750,000 Regional Business Event Development Fund – to create, attract and support new business events for regional NSW
As part of the Tourism Product Development Fund, applications for the Refresh and Renew Fund are now open and will close on 7 December 2021.
The fund offers a grant of $30,000, with a $15,000 co-contribution from the applicant, to help accommodation providers improve their facilities and accommodation to better meet consumer expectations. The minimum eligible project budget is $45,000.
This fund is available to businesses based in regional NSW, including businesses located in the Cessnock Local Government Area 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 with particular emphasis on addressing issues that have been identified by consumers through their feedback.
For more information about the Refresh and Renew Fund, please view the Program Guidelines and check out the Handy Hints for completing your Refresh & Renew application.
Refresh and Renew Fund applications can only be submitted using the online application form available on the Tourism Product Development Fund page of the Destination NSW website.
Further details on all programs can be found via the Destination NSW website.