Different times through-out the year opportunities arise for tourism operators to apply for funding and grants.  Below is a list of those that apply to the tourism industry.  Other grants are available that you may also be eligible for, through organisations including national and state bodies where the focus is something other than tourism, for example, employment, arts and culture, Aboriginal or other industry sectors..

Coffs Harbour City Council

Under the ‘Event Seed Funding’ program, the City Prosperity division within Coffs Harbour City Council has an event start-up initiative to support infant events on the Coffs Coast for up to three years.  The program aims are for event longevity, visitor appeal and community engagement.  For more details contact Courtney Tune in Stadium and Major Events unit, Coffs Harbour City Council.

Tourism Research Australia

Offer opportunities for regional destinations to conduct a VPS or Visitor Profile and Satisfaction Survey to take place so that they can better understand their positioning and visitation.  For your information, Coffs Coast conducted a VPS for the region in January and February 2011, of which a summary of the findings of the VPS study are under ‘Facts and Figure’ and reports. More details.

Destination NSW

Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

Is a matched dollar for dollar funding program run through Destination NSW primarily aimed at regional tourism businesses and needs to be submitted inline with a Destination Management Plan. There are two streams, of which tourism operators have access to the contestable funds with minimum amounts of $50,000 to be matched. Click here for more details

Regional Flagship Program for Events

This funding opportunity supports regional NSW events with tourism potential to build its image and boost visitation numbers.Events must be ‘flagship’style events and reflect the character and culture of an area. Annual events are able to apply for $10,000 and Triennial event programs can apply for $20,000 per year. More details.

International Development Funding

This program replaces the Incentive Funding Program and aims to increase the presence of NSW operators at international trade shows and workshops.  Financial support is offered for trade familiarisation and educational visitrs, missions and events in International markets.  It is valid until June 2014. Click here to view applicable events


Run the EMDG or the Export Market Development Grant open to operators working in the area of inbound tourism or wishing to expand their tourism business operations to the international market.  The minimum requirement for eligibility is that you have spent $20,000 over a two year period on marketing to international markets.

Regional Development Australia

For a comprehensive list of grant opportunities in a variety of industries in which tourism can be a part including arts, culture and heritage amongst others view details here.

NSW  Development of Industry

Offer a few programs to assist, in particular regional NSW, especially in the area of jobs creation within your tourism business.  View details  including information on the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Previous Grants Programs

Please note that the following grant programs are no longer available.

  • TQUAL Grants – A competitive merit based grants program aiming to stimulate sustainable economic growth in Australian tourism. TQUAL has two main streams, firstly on ‘quality projects’, matched for values of $15,000 to $100,000 and secondly on ‘Strategic Tourism Investment Grants’ of up to $1million to support cconomic development, Indigenous tourism or tourism employment.
  • TIRF – Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund focuses on improving tourism businesses, infrustructure and new product in regional locations.  Amounts from $50,000 – $250,000 are available on a matched basis.
  • Destination NSW: Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program – to create regional tourism products across NSW.