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Queensland Tourism Network Grant Scheme

Additional $1.3 million up for grabs for tourism operators

Applications are now open for $1.3 million in grant funding under the Queensland Tourism Network Grant Scheme, announced Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jan Jarratt.

Ms Jarratt said there were three project categories which operators could apply for, including a special category for those impacted by recent weather events.

“Given the impact of recent weather events on Queensland’s tourism industry, we have introduced a category to provide funding to help the industry recover from the adverse financial and economic impacts operators have endured,” she said.

“Applicants will need to explain how their proposed project is at risk following the floods and cyclones, as well as outline how their operations would be adversely affected if the proposed project couldn’t proceed.

“We want to encourage tourism organisations to think outside the box and come to us with proposals that will help them build stronger, more efficient tourism networks in Queensland.”

The grants are available to a range of not-for-profit tourism groups including regional and local tourism organisations, local government tourism departments and divisions and members of the Queensland Tourism Industry Council.

This $1.3 million allocation is the third and final instalment of the Queensland Tourism Network Grant Scheme, which was a three year commitment to help the state’s tourism groups develop stronger and more cohesive networks.

There are three categories under which tourism organisations and operators can apply:

  • Flood and cyclone recovery assistance;
  • Implementing mergers between tourism organisations; and
  • Collaborative marketing, and/or product development projects between tourism organisations.

Ms Jarratt said there were no minimum or maximum grant amounts for which tourism organisations could apply and submissions would be assessed on what benefit they could bring to individual regions and the state.

“As there is a limited pot of money available, we envisage competition will be quite fierce amongst applicants for this final round of funding,”
she said.

“The key is collaboration, so I encourage tourism groups and businesses to work together on a unique proposal which will get them across the line in securing a grant.”

“In rounds one and two, $1.7 million in grants was allocated for projects which streamlined the tourism network and involved collaboration between tourism stakeholders in Queensland to improve efficiencies.

“Funding was allocated to several organisations for projects aimed at bringing more visitors to their regions.

The grants were established following the 2008 State Government review of Queensland’s tourism network which resulted in a series of reforms that included encouraging regional and local tourism organisations to merge in order to create a more efficient and streamlined industry.

Grant guidelines and application forms are available on the Tourism Queensland here.

Applications close 27 May 2011.

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