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The following are funding programs that may be suitable for tourism projects.

Victorian Government

Tourism Victoria

Event funding is available through the Tourism Victoria Events Program and the Country Victoria Events Program. Find out more

Arts Victoria

Arts Victoria External link has a range of programs designed to assist in the development and presentation of cultural projects, programs and services that will benefit the Victorian arts industry and the community. These include funding programs, forums, research and publications.

Business Victoria

Business Victoria’s External linkwebsite features a useful interactive search function to help businesses to look for funding avenues and support services available through the Victorian Government, from research and development to management and export available through the Victorian Government.

Department of Planning and Community Development

The Department of Planning and Community Development works with people throughout Victoria to strengthen communities. The Department administers a number of grant programs. Find out what grants are available at the Department of Planning and Community Development website External link

Regional Infrastructure Development Fund

The Regional Infrastructure Development Fund was established to improve the competitive capacity of regional Victoria and enhance economic development through investment, job creation and the promotion of export opportunities. It supports capital works that:

  • Support new industry development
  • Link transport infrastructure
  • Improve tourism facilities
  • Better link regional Victoria to new opportunities in education and information and communication technologies infrastructure.

The Regional Development Victoria website External link contains more information about regional infrastructure funding opportunities.

Federal Government

T-QUAL grants program

T-QUAL Grants External link is a competitive merit-based grants program aimed at stimulating sustainable economic growth in the Australian tourism industry. The program provides tourism businesses with matched dollar for dollar funding $15,000 to $100,000 (excl GST) for both large and small-scale tourism projects with the aim of increasing Australia’s supply of quality tourism products and experiences and actively encouraging private sector investment in the development of Australia’s tourism industry products, services and experiences.More External link

2013 Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund

Victoria’s regional tourism operators are invited to apply for round two of the Federal Government’s Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program.
The competitive merit-based TIRF Grants Program offers grants from $50,000–$250,000 (GST exclusive) on a matched dollar-for-dollar funding basis, to assist tourism operators increase the quality and range of visitor experiences in regional Australia.

Funding of approximately $9.6 million is available for eligible projects, with approximately 50 projects across Australia expected to be funded in this round.  Online applications close Wednesday 7 August 2013. More External link


The Federal Government’s GrantsLINK online directory External link provides information on funding available under a variety of grant programs for individuals, businesses and communities. External link

Enterprise Connect scheme and the National Tourism Inudstry Network

Enterprise Connect’s National Tourism Industry Network External link is a specialist national group. It brings together Business Advisers with expertise to help Australian businesses in the tourism sector.

Any enquiries for customers who have already applied, call  business.gov.au 13 28 46.

Enterprise Connect closed on 31 December 2014. Applications for Enterprise Connect services already received prior to application cut offs will continue to be processed and delivered under existing arrangements.

In addition, under supporting transitional arrangements, eligible businesses which are looking to implement the recommendations of an Enterprise Connect Business Review Report, Continuous Improvement Report or Continuous Sustainable Improvement Plan may be able to apply for a Business Growth Grant. For further details and eligibility, please visit the business.gov.au website.

business.gov.au is an online government resource for the Australian business community. It offers simple and convenient access to government information, forms and services for business. It’s a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing businesses.

When contacting business.gov.au via 13 28 46, email, or webchat, businesses (including small businesses and independent contractors) are provided with a first point of contact to access information and referral services to improve their sustainability and help better manage their business. The team of agents has extensive experience in the business sector and will tailor advice to meet the needs of the customer.

business.gov.au 13 28 46 is open 8am – 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) Monday to Friday and is closed on Australian National Public Holidays.



Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia External link is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a not-for-profit membership organisation. Its membership represents Australia’s leading grant-making private, family and corporate trusts and foundations. External link

Last Updated 18th February 2014