Govt announces tourism grants
PAGE MP Janelle Saffin is encouraging local tourism operators to apply for funding under a new grants program for regional tourism businesses.
Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson announced the new Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund grants program today to help "achieve industry goals for increased productivity, innovation and quality contained in the national Tourism 2020 strategy".
Ms Saffin said there were potential benefits not only for tourism businesses but the broader local economy.
"A major focus of the TIRF grants program will be improving the quality of accommodation and attractions in regional areas such as the Northern Rivers," she said.
"Funding will also be available for creating completely new projects to attract interstate and international visitors and extend their length of stay.
"Grants from $50,000 - $250,000 (GST exclusive) will be offered on a matched dollar-for-dollar funding basis.
"This investment by the Federal Government will help attract visitors to our region. These visitors bring with them important tourist dollars that benefit not only our local tourism business, but also have a positive effect on the rest of the local community.
"Eligible applicants have until December 14 to get their applications in, and I encourage tourism operators in the area to investigate this valuable new opportunity."
Assessment criteria for the grant include alignment with Tourism 2020 goals, the strategic and collaborative value of the project for its region, the expected outcomes from the innovation or improvement and the capacity to deliver the project within agreed timeframes.
Successful recipients will be expected to be working closely with regional industry partners, tourism organisations and local authorities, especially where development approval is anticipated.
The program guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions and YouTube videos are available at http://www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants.
For further information, call the Tourism Grants Information Line on 02 6243 7604.