Awards, Grants and Funding


Awards, Grants and Funding


Awards -

NSW Tourism Awards 2021

Congratulations to all our amazing Central Coast businesses (and individuals!) who have been named finalists in the NSW Tourism Awards: Australian Reptile Park; Aussie Ark; Ibis Styles The Entrance; Sydney Oyster Farm Tours (Mooney Mooney) & Central Coast Council Marketing & Tourism Team. Winners will be announced at an Awards Gala Dinner in February 2022. Good luck!


Grant / funding opportunities - 

Tourism Product Development Fund

  • Funded by - NSW Government.
  • $4.1 million to support regional accommodation renewal and new visitor experiences. Two streams of funding are available Refresh and Renew Fund and Experience Development Fund.
  1. $1.6 million under the Refresh and Renew Fund, offering grants of $30,000 (with a $15,000 co-contribution from the applicant), to assist accommodation providers improve their facilities and accommodation to better meet consumer expectations. The minimum eligible project budget is $45,000. Applications close 09 Dec 2021.
  2. $2.5 million under the Experience Development Fund, is available to businesses that are proposing to develop a new attraction or experience in NSW that directly aligns with the NSW strengths identified in the Visitor Economy Strategy (VES) 2030. Shortlisted EOI's will be invited to submit applications. Applications close 16 Jan 2022.  


Destination NSW: Regional Event Fund

  • Funded by - NSW Government.
  • $1.5 million to support new and flagship regional events that have the potential to act as flagship tourism events for their area. Three streams available - Incubator Event stream, Flagship Event stream & Event Development stream.
  • Applications for the Incubator and Flagship Event streams close at midnight on Sunday 5 December.
  • The Event Development stream will remain open until available funds are exhausted.


NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

  • Funded by - NSW Government.
  • Grants from $15k to $30k to create, attract and support business events for regional NSW.
  • Applications close 31 January 2022 or when funds have been expended.


Regional Events Acceleration Fund

  • Funded by - NSW Government. 
  • Grants from $50k to $200k to help organisations to bring new events to their region and make existing events bigger and better. Events hosted between March 2021 and June 2022 can apply for two streams of funding.
  • Applications close on 17 December 2021


More information on Federal and State support and funding for businesses interested in Sustainable Tourism can be found on Tourism Australia's Corporate site.


Visit Austrade's tourism grants portal for more information on Federal and State Government grants to help your tourism businesses succeed. 


Recent Covid-19 business support grants - 

Accommodation Support Grant

  • Funded by - NSW Government 
  • Grants from $2k to $5k for accommodation providers who experienced cancellations for stays between Friday 25 June and Sunday 11 July inclusive (NSW winter public school holidays and the preceding weekend) as a result of COVID-19 restrictions
  • Applications close on 30 November 2021


For more information on government financial support for businesses affected by Covid-19 visit our Business Support page: Business Support | Love Central Coast