New tourism funding announced for regional NSW


The NSW Government has today announced $3.5 million in funding to boost regional economies and create more jobs, across three funding streams. 
Read the Minister’s full announcement here.

Refresh and Renew Fund

$1 million in funding is available to tourism businesses to Refresh and Renew their product to better meet consumer expectations. Grants of $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to successful applicants for eligible activities. While matched funding is not required, it is expected the projects will cost greater than $10,000 (excluding GST).
For more information please see:

Experience Enhancement Fund

$2 million in Experience Enhancement funding is available to eligible applicants. Funding of between $50,000 and $150,000 (excluding GST) is available per applicant, on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis for eligible project costs.
For more information please see:

Applications are NOW OPEN and close at 9am (AEDT) on 31 March 2021 for both funding programs.

Regional Business Event Development Fund

$500,000 has also been announced for the Regional Business Development Fund. Grants of up to $30,000 are available to eligible applicants to create, attract and support business events for regional NSW, and to motivate business event owners to incorporate regional NSW in their plans. Applicants may apply for funding based on the following scale:
  • Up to $15,000 (excluding GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
  • Up to $30,000 (excluding GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)
Applications are NOW OPEN and close 30 April 2021.

Please see the Meet in NSW website for further details.


Interested in Applying?

The team at Destination Sydney Surrounds South is available to assist you with further information about the new tourism funding and if you are interested in applying for funding, we would love to hear from you about your project!
Next steps, once you have downloaded and read the resources available above including full funding guidelines with list of eligible activities, please reach out to DSSS Industry Development Manager, Aaron Matis.

Aaron Matis
Industry Development Manager
[email protected]
0402 324 951