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Funding and Grants

Funding and Grants

There are a number of grant and funding opportunities that may be available to your business, project or event. Make sure you read the criteria carefully to ensure that you meet the guidelines. Some grants are highly competitive with short application time frames.

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National Bushfire Recovery - Support for Small Business

Disaster recovery grants of up to $15,000 are now available to primary producers, small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in LGAs affected by the NSW bushfires that have occured from 31 August 2019.

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ACT - Tourism Cooperative Marketing Fund

The TCMF is designed to encourage Canberra-based organisations or businesses to collaborate on innovative marketing campaigns that increase awareness of Canberra and region as a leisure destination. The primary objectives of the TCMF are to: 1. Deliver positive and measurable economic outcomes for the ACT tourism industry 2. Support collaboration between industry operators 3. Support new product /experience development 4. Provide increased investment in high quality marketing campaigns or projects promoting Canberra and the region.

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Regional Arts Fund - Recovery Grants

Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from bushfire, drought, and/or the impacts of COVID-19 CLOSES 29 OCTOBER

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Regional Job Creation Fund

The Regional Job Creation Fund supports regional investment and job creation by offering $100,000 to $10 million in co-funding to activate or bring forward regional projects in engine, enabling or emerging engine industries. Examples of eligible projects could include the: replacement, upgrade or adaptation of plant and equipment at an existing regional NSW business; establishment of an additional production line for an existing regional NSW business; development of new regional tourism experiences and visitor attractions. The Regional Job Creation Fund’s focus is to co-fund projects creating at least five sustainable regional jobs.

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Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events. CLOSES 31 MAY 2021

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Southern Border Small Business Support Grant

The NSW Government is providing a grant for small businesses in eligible local government areas (LGAs) that have been impacted by the closure of the NSW and Victorian border. The 'Southern border small business support grant' is designed to provide immediate, short-term cashflow assistance to help businesses survive or adapt to the changed circumstances. The grant amount will be tiered based on the business's decline in turnover.

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Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

To support projects that retain and create new jobs in regional areas, build resilience and increase preparedness for future bushfire seasons. Funding is available in the following three categories: Infrastructure projects, such as roads to support increased industrial development. Environmental projects, such as regeneration activities. Programs including social, business and environmental education initiatives. CLOSES 10 DEC

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Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund

Community wellbeing, connectedness, social recovery, and future disaster resilience is a focus for the Bushfire community recovery and resilience fund. To apply for a grant, Local Government Areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires can submit a funding application for medium and long-term projects that support community recovery and help build resilience and hope for the future. CLOSES 10 NOV

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Business Events Boost Program

This new program aims to support the Australian business events industry in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by providing the opportunity to leverage funding, as well as Tourism Australia’s expertise to deliver marketing and distribution projects which help drive demand for domestic business events.

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Regional Arts Fund - Renewal

Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. These projects will be strategic in nature. Collaborations across State and Territory borders will be encouraged. The projects can be process-driven and provide an opportunity to think beyond ‘snap back’ and to consider renewed arts practice and learning processes.

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Regional Skills Relocation Grant

Grants will be available for businesses operating in NSW regional eligible industries. The funding is available to assist with the relocation costs of eligible skilled workers they employ that move from metropolitan areas to regional NSW. Approved businesses will be reimbursed up to $10,000 to assist with some relocation costs incurred by eligible skilled workers.

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International Business Development Program

This program encourages an increased presence of NSW products, experiences and destinations at key events in international markets. It educates international wholesalers and front-line agents about NSW tourism products and destinations and provides NSW suppliers with a better understanding of the needs and characteristics of key international markets. The program subsidises part of the registration costs for one delegate to participate in specified Destination NSW trade roadshows and other events which have been identified as offering the best return for NSW operators. Ongoing

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Assistance accessing finance - Export Finance Australia

If you're a business that provides tourism services directly, or through the supply chain, to international tourists and you need finance to help you grow the international side of your business, Export Finance Australia may be able to help. Examples of how they support tourism businesses are; providing working capital needed to add more staff or upgrade assets to service international customers, working capital to undertake international marketing campaigns, loans to buy assets to service international visitors.

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