State Government announced South Australian Tourism Commission’s $2 million Experience Nature Tourism Fund in early August and applications are now open.
The fund aims to showcase the state’s natural landscapes and help attract domestic and international visitors.
Grants from $10,000 to $50,000 are available for new and improved nature-based tourism products and experiences in or near a national park, reserve, wilderness protection area or marine park.
Grants are available via two funding streams:
Project examples could include the purchase of equipment for experiences such as snorkelling, kayaking, cultural tours, wildlife viewing, and other ‘pop up’ activities in national parks such as camping. On land adjacent to parks, it could also include new or refurbished off-grid accommodation such as tiny homes, cabins and glamping tents, and infrastructure such as toilets and solar power generation.
Applicants will need to demonstrate the benefits the project will deliver to the visitor economy and must also have support from key stakeholders including landowners before making an application.
Projects must comply with the statutory management plan for a particular park or reserve, demonstrate care and consideration of the natural and cultural heritage of the proposed site, and operate in accordance with licence requirements set by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).
If the project enters a national park, applicants must have in-principle support from DEW prior to commencing an application.
The funding program runs over four financial years, with up to $500,000 available in each year.
Applications close at 5pm on 21 October 2022.