There are a number of grant and funding programs available for tourism businesses from the federal and state governments and in some cases from local councils.
Grant are available to tourism operators looking to expand their business, for research and development and for innovation and exporting.
The following websites offer information on grants and funding to assist tourism developments at a State and Commonwealth level.
The competitive merit-based TIRF Grants program offers grants from $50,000–$250,000 (GST exclusive) on a matched dollar-for-dollar funding basis. A major focus of the program is to improve the quality of accommodation and attractions in regional areas and encourage innovative projects to attract interstate and international visitors and extend their length of stay.
For more information see TIRF grants
TGIIF aims to assist Tasmanian business owners invest in innovative projects that will significantly improve their sustainability, performance, growth and productivity, generating new investment and creating sustainable high quality, skilled jobs that help diversify and strengthen Tasmania’s regional economy.
Australian Government funded Tqual Grants are competitive grants program to promote strategic investment in quality and innovation in the Australian tourism industry. Tqual Grants will support initiatives that develop innovative product, services or systems within the tourism industry, contribute directly to long-term economic development in the host region or develop or support high quality visitor services and experiences.
Grants and other funding programs are available from the federal, state and territory governments and in some cases from local councils. Generally there are no grants available for starting a business. However, there are grants and other assistance available for business activities such as expanding your business, research and development, innovation and exporting.
The objective of the ClimateConnect program is to assist local communities, households and individuals to work together to find climate change solutions.
Enterprise Connect is a Federal Government program that offers comprehensive, confidential business advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential.
Events Tasmania provides grants to private business, clubs, associations and community groups.Two grant catagories are available - New Event Ideas and Small Event Projects.
The FRRR works to strengthen the economic and social strength of Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities through partnerships with the private and public sectors. The grants program offers support to small rural Australian communities.
This website will help source funding available under a variety of Commonwealth Grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities to help you to develop solutions to local and national problems, fund ideas and initiatives or provide assistance in times of hardship.
W: Grants link
These programs provide funding for owners of heritage listed properties to undertake agreed work to their property.
A competitive, merit-based program aimed at companies seeking $50,000 or more in grant funds for investments that create sustainable job opportunities in North West and Northern Tasmania.
This provides access to the current list of Economic Department programs available.
The new National Historic Sites (NHS) program is an Australian Government grants program that provides assistance to protect and conserve Australia’s most significant historic heritage. This program is ongoing from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013 with $4.4 million available annually.
Regional Development Australia (RDA) replaces the national network of Area Consultative Committees (ACCs).
This fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by enhancing well-being and improving social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian Community. The Board conducts both general and targeted programs.