Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants

Amendments to the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants Program have been made as a result of COVID-19, and the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. The closing date for Stream 1 and Stream 2 applications, and the program end date have been extended. There are also some minor changes to the Program Guidelines – please refer to the amended guidelines under Key Documents below. Further information on limits to organised gatherings is available from the Department of Health.

 

The Australian Government announced $76 million for rebuilding Australian Tourism in bushfire affected regions to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions. Austrade is administering the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency initiative, a $10 million grants program. Austrade will administer the program, which has been developed in consultation with the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

More information on the Commonwealth Bushfire Relief and Recovery Funding.

The program has two funding streams which, together, will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.

Applications for the program opened 17 February 2020.

Eligible Applicants

Stream 1 – Applicants are Local Government Authorities and Regional Tourism Organisations operating in Local Government Areas activated by state or territory governments for Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA) assistance for the 2019–20 fire season.

The eligible entities for this stream are listed in Annexure A of the guidelines. Eligible applicants have been sent an invitation letter and a link to the application form via email.

Stream 2 – Applicants are Local Government Authorities and Regional Tourism Organisations operating in Local Government Areas activated by state or territory governments for DRFA assistance during the 2019–20 fire season and which are declared Category D.

The eligible entities for this stream are listed in Annexure B of the guidelines. Eligible applicants have been sent an invitation letter and a link to the application form via email.

The Two Streams

Stream 1 – Will support smaller-scale events (including the promotion of these events), concerts, festivals and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream, up to a total value of $30,000 per applicant. Applications will be assessed as they are received.

Stream 1 applications close 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday, 18 December 2020.

Stream 2 – Supports larger events (including the promotion of those events), concerts, festivals and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Applicants were advised to make their proposals scalable as they may not receive the full funding amount they are seeking. Applications were assessed when the stream closed.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other eligible organisations within their region to lodge joint applications. Applicants are also encouraged to partner with community and industry groups where relevant.

This program is additional and complimentary with other Federal and State grant programs. As such, it is possible to expand upon planned events and other activities and seek support through this program.

Stream 2 applications closed 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, 8 May 2020.

Expert Panel

Minister Birmingham has appointed an expert panel to work with eligible applicants to encourage entities to partner together in tourism regions and make applications stronger where necessary. The Panel will also provide advice to the Austrade delegate on assessments for both streams.

Panel members are:

  1. Ms Sandra Chipchase – former Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW and Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney Festival. Ms Chipchase will chair the panel.
  2. Mr Michael Luchich – South Australian State Director, Optus, and Chairman of Country Arts South Australia.
  3. Ms Sara Quon – Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Board Member of Visit Victoria and the Committee for Ballarat.

For further details, please see the guidelines.

Key documents

Contact

For more information on the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program please contact Austrade:

Phone: 1800 048 155
Email: rtbr@austrade.gov.au