The Minister Assisting for Tourism Senator Don Farrell has announced applications are open for Round 2 of the competitive Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program, to assist the industry in reaching Tourism 2020 growth targets.
The purpose of the TIRF Grants Program is to increase the quality and range of visitor experiences in regional Australia. Eligible projects must be located in regions outside the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Tourism Regions as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The TIRF Grants Program offers funding from $50,000 – $250,000 (GST exclusive) which must be at least matched by the business. Evidence of matching funds being held by the applicant must be provided at the time of application.
Funding of $9.6 million is available across three streams for eligible projects; to improve or upgrade tourism infrastructure, develop innovative tourism projects or, introduced in this round, increasing tourism labour supply and quality. Around 50 projects are expected to be funded in this round.
Online applications for Round 2 of the TIRF Grants Program close on Wednesday 7 August 2013. Successful applicants are expected to be announced in October 2013 (with unsuccessful applicants also advised at that time). Projects will be able to start from December 2013 and must be completed by March 2016.
For more details, including YouTube Presentations, the Program Guidelines, information on successful applicants from Round 1 and a link to apply, please see www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants.
There will be webinar for interested applicants in early July so keep an eye on the website for details.
Please contact the TIRF Grants team on 02.6243 7604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback.
Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia Ltd (CRVA) is happy to provide businesses a letter of support for TIRF Grant Program applications. If you would like a letter of support please send an email to email@example.com with detailed information about your proposed project.