Regional Australia to Receive Grants Funding

The Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) was announced in June 2012 with funding of $48.5million over four years to assist industry in reaching Tourism 2020 goals.The TIRF Grants Program is a competitive grants process to increase the range and quality of visitor experiences in regional Australia through tourism product investment.

Eligible applicants will need to demonstrate how their project is market responsive, improves the attractiveness of the destination, fits with their region’s tourism experience and will meet long term industry objectives. Grants of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be available on a matching funds basis. Projects must be located in regions outside the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Tourism Regions as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Applications for the TIRF Grants Program will close on 14 December 2012.

Successful applicants are expected to be announced in March 2013 and Funding Agreements implemented from April 2013. Projects will be required to be completed by March 2015.

The Program Guidelines, Application Form, Draft Funding Agreement, YouTube presentations and Frequently Asked Questions are available on the website or
call the Tourism Grants Information Line on 02 6243 7604.

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