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Regional Tourism Activation Fund

The $30 million Regional Tourism Activation Fund will accelerate the development of new and enhanced tourism infrastructure across regional NSW.

Regional Tourism Activation Fund

Regional NSW is home to iconic tourist destinations and visitor attractions that attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

People visiting these attractions spend important tourist dollars in local restaurants, cafes, shops and accommodation, boosting regional NSW economies and allowing money to flow into local communities.

The NSW Government’s Regional Tourism Activation Fund supports the development of unique and high impact tourism and events infrastructure that helps to boost local economies, create jobs and ensure visitors to regional NSW have unforgettable experiences that encourage repeat visitation. The Regional Tourism Activation Fund is also aiming to boost regional tourism and improve the visitor experience for people with disability in regional NSW by making funding available for:

  • the development of unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements.

Types of projects eligible for funding include:

  • construction of new tourism infrastructure and / or significant enhancements to existing infrastructure to create unique and high impact visitor experiences
  • upgrades and extensions to existing infrastructure to improve accessibility and inclusion linked to unique and high impact visitor experiences.

The Regional Tourism Activation Fund will be available through two funding streams:
 

Stream One: Unique and high impact visitor experiences

Grants between $200,000 and $5 million are available for projects that create unique and high impact visitor experiences for people visiting regional NSW and encourage more people to plan and book holidays in regional areas.

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding include:

  • construction of a new cliff-top walk and viewing platform
  • development of a new and unique major event space
  • development of a new iconic and nationally recognised attraction
  • construction of infrastructure required to provide new nature-based experiences, such as a pontoon for expedition cruising
  • creating a mountain bike trail with international appeal.

Stream Two: Visitor accessibility and inclusion enhancements

Grants between $50,000 and $500,000 are available for projects that improve accessibility and inclusion at unique and high impact tourism destinations and visitor experiences.

Examples of types of projects eligible for funding include:

  • installing a lift in a multi-level venue
  • construction to allow for clear access pathways from a public space into a venue or tourism business
  • upgrades to accessible visitor amenity
  • upgrades to information technology including the provision of captioning and audio description
  • provision of hearing loops and beacon wayfinding technology.

 

Key dates

Applications open: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Applications close: 12pm on Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Successful projects announced from November 2021

Make an application

Eligible organisations can complete and submit applications via the button below.

Program information and resources

Detailed information about eligibility, funding streams and how to apply can be found in the Guidelines below:

The following resources and tools are available to support potential applicants with their submissions:

Regional Tourism Activation Fund Webinar 

To assist eligible organisations seeking funding through the Regional Tourism Activation Fund, the Department hosted an online information webinar on Thursday 24 June 2021 to provide a high-level overview of the program, guidance on the eligibility requirements and the application process and to answer questions from potential applicants.

Watch the Regional Tourism Activation Fund information webinar.

Watch the Regional Tourism Activation Fund instructional webinar to find out how to complete the Application Data Sheet.

Getting support 

The Department has a network of Business Development Managers located across regional NSW who are available to answer questions and provide advice about completing and lodging applications and supporting documents.

To access this support please email regionalnsw.business@regional.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 679 673 to provide your contact details. Please review the online resources and Frequently Asked Questions below before getting in touch.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their local council and their regional representative from Destination NSW’s Destination Network prior to applying.

Contact your regional Destination Network

 

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