Funding from the Government of South Australia to activate nature and heritage tourism initiatives

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South Australia’s tourist destinations expect to be able to offer new specialty tours, pop-up and seasonal experiences and events with new funding of $ 550,000 from the state government to activate tourism initiatives focused on nature and heritage.

Local tourism operators have expressed their interest in the design and implementation of small-scale tourism activation projects such as wellness experiences in exceptional natural sites, guided cultural tours, storytelling events around a winter campfire and easy shuttle transfers for cycling and walking experiences.

Funding will be available through the $ 300,000 Small Grants Program for Nature-Based Tourism and the $ 250,000 Grants Program for Heritage Tourism.

The Nature-Based Tourism Small Grants Program is part of the $ 5 million Nature-Based Tourism Co-Investment Fund launched in 2020 to help businesses activate or leverage environmentally sensitive tourism offerings. existing in national parks, reserves, botanical gardens and the crown of the State. Earth.

South Australian Environment and Water Minister David Speirs notes “this is an exciting new program, offering grants of up to $ 15,000 for innovative and small-scale projects. scale to support the activation of tourism in South Australia, grow our economy and create jobs.

“It’s about creating new tourism experiences, including seasonal and pop-up businesses, as well as tourism events in parks and public places in both metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“This grant program gives tourism operators the ability to get these ideas off the ground, without the need to provide matching cash funds, which is a requirement for larger grants from the fund.

“Adelaide has just been named the third most livable city in the world and grant programs like this will only strengthen that reputation. “

The $ 250,000 Heritage Tourism Grant Program was created to accelerate the development of heritage tourism experiences and stimulate investment in state heritage places.

Minister Speirs added: “Grants of up to $ 50,000, provided on a matching funding basis, will support projects to activate national or local heritage places or state heritage areas for tourism purposes. .

“This could include adapting buildings to meet accommodation standards, installing bathrooms and kitchens, re-visiting state heritage areas or creating contemporary interpretive experiences. .

Minister Speirs explained that the program will complement the Heritage Conservation Grants Program, which has been in effect since 2018 and provides funding of $ 750,000 to support the conservation of historic places in the state.

“These new grants will help South Australia’s fantastic tourism operators create enhanced and diverse tourism experiences and products that not only contribute to positive conservation outcomes, but help strengthen our state’s visitor economy. and create jobs, “said Minister Speirs.

Meanwhile, a fourth cycle of the Heritage Conservation Grants program is also open for applications with an additional $ 250,000 available for grants of up to $ 20,000 for conservation work or documentation of listed places. to the State’s patrimony.

The program aims to help rejuvenate South Australia’s built heritage by ensuring that it is protected and preserved for future generations.

Grants are awarded dollar for dollar and priority will be given to projects that promote adaptive reuse and benefit the public domain.

Minister Speirs said “With a total of 227 nominations in the first three cycles, it is encouraging to see such genuine interest and passion for the renovation and conservation of our heritage.

“The government’s investment of $ 750,000 over the first three funding cycles is estimated to have spurred approximately $ 5.7 million in conservation work.

Applications for the Nature-Based Tourism Small Grants Program and Heritage Tourism Grants Program are now open and closed on Friday, December 3, 2021. The Heritage Conservation Grants Program is also open but is ending Friday December 10.

For more information visit:
Small grants for nature-based tourism and grants for heritage tourism
Heritage conservation grants

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