Small Grants Program
Two additional grant programs have been established to support tourism operators to activate nature-based and heritage-based tourism initiatives: the Nature-based Tourism Small Grants Program and the Heritage Tourism Grants Program.
The Nature‐based Tourism Small Grants Program
The $300,000 Nature‐based Tourism Small Grants Program is aligned with the Nature‐based Tourism Co-investment Fund.
The Small Grants Program will provide grants of $2,000 to $15,000 for small-scale and innovative projects to support tourism activation in South Australia. This could include creating new or enhancing existing tourism experiences, including seasonal or pop-up experiences, as well as tourism or regional events in parks and public places.
The Small Grants Program provides funding get these ideas off the ground, without the need to provide matching cash funds, which is a requirement for larger grants under the Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund.
Please note that applications for these grants closed on Friday 3 December 2021. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the assessment process in February 2022.
Heritage Tourism Grants Program
The $250,000 Heritage Tourism Grants program was put in place to accelerate the development of heritage tourism experiences and stimulate investment into heritage places.
Grants of up to $50,000 were made available to support projects that enable the activation and use of State Heritage-listed Places, Local Heritage-listed Places or State Heritage areas for tourism purposes. The grants are provided on a matched funding basis.
The program is a key initiative of the Growing Our Heritage Future Strategy and Action Plan, which was launched on 30 April 2021.
Applications for these grants closed in December 2021.
Grants have now been awarded to Woodside Heritage Village for an upgrade of their amenities area, Bungaree Station for their Swaggies Hut development, the Hans Heysen Foundation for improvements to the Cedars Tea Shop, The National Trust of South Australia, Penola sub-branch for the reinvigoration of Wilson’s Cottage, the District Council of Streaky Bay for visitor experience improvement of Murphy's Haystacks geological site, Flamboyance Tours for a Port Adelaide walking tour and Hummocks Station Homestead to renovate their trap shed and stables.