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New grants to activate nature tourism experiences in SA

Tourism operators offering nature-based experiences in or near a national park, reserve, wilderness protection area or marine park can apply for grants between $10,000 and $50,000, when the next round of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Experience Nature Tourism Fund opens later this month.

Examples that could attract funding include equipment for experiences such as snorkelling, kayaking, cultural tours and wildlife viewing, or new or refurbished off-grid accommodation and infrastructure such as toilets or solar power generation.

Private sector businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community associations can apply for funding under two streams:

  • Stream 1 – Grants from $10,000 to $20,000 to support quick activation projects.
  • Stream 2 –Grants from $20,000 to $50,000 to support bigger innovative development projects which may have a longer duration and multiple elements.

Projects must comply with statutory management plans for a particular park or reserve and demonstrate care and consideration of the natural and cultural heritage of proposed sites. They must also comply with licensing requirements set by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).

Applicants with projects that enter a national park must have in-principle support from DEW prior to commencing the application.

Applications open 9am, Monday, 31 July and close at 5pm Thursday, 14 September 2023.

An online information session will be held on Monday 24 July from 11am-12pm via Zoom. Register here to join the free session.

For more information and to apply, visit the South Australian Tourism Commission website.

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