Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants
On 11 February 2020, 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 program (the Program), a $10 million grants program.
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 are now closed. Information on grants awarded can be viewed at grants.gov.au and searching by GO3689 for Stream 1, and GO3955 for Stream 2.
More information on the Commonwealth Bushfire Relief and Recovery Funding.
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.
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 Two Streams
Stream 1 – Supports 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.
Stream 1 applications closed 5:00pm (AEDT) Friday, 18 December 2020. Information on grants awarded to date, can be viewed on grants.gov.au by searching GO3689.
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.
Stream 2 applications closed 5:00pm (AEST) Friday, 8 May 2020. Information on grants awarded can be viewed on grants.gov.au by searching GO3955.
Minister Birmingham 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 also provide advice to the Austrade delegate on assessments for both streams.
Panel members are:
- Ms Sandra Chipchase – former Chief Executive Officer of Destination NSW and Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney Festival. Ms Chipchase will chair the panel.
- 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.
For more information on the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants program please contact Austrade by phone on 1800 048 155 or by email at RTBR@austrade.gov.au