Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery

Status: applications closed

We administer the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program. The program helps regions affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

Eligible applicants

Two groups of applicants were eligible for funding:

  1. Local government authorities and regional tourism organisations eligible for Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
  2. Local government authorities and regional tourism organisations eligible for DRFA and declared 'Category D'.

Program dates

The program opened on 11 February 2020.

Applications for smaller events (stream 1) closed on 18 December 2020.

Applications for larger events (stream 2) closed on 8 May 2020.

Funding available

The $10 million grants program was part of the Australian Government’s $76 million funding package for tourism recovery.

Eligible projects

Stream 1 supported smaller events, including promotion. Applicants could apply for more than one grant each to a total value of $30,000.

Stream 2 supported larger events, including promotion. Applicants were asked to include scalable funding proposals.

Successful projects

Find approved stream 1 (smaller events) projects on by searching GO3689.

Find approved stream 2 (larger events) projects on by searching GO3955.

Expert panel

Members of the expert advisory panel comprised:

  • Ms Sandra Chipchase (Chair), former Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW and Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney Festival
  • Mr Michael Luchich, South Australian State Director, Optus, and Chairman of Country Arts South Australia
  • Ms Sara Quon, Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Hill Museums Association, Board Member of Visit Victoria and the Committee for Ballarat.

More information

Contact us 

Phone 1800 048 155 or email