Status of program: The funding round opened on 15 April 2009. Applications close on Thursday, 11 June 2009 at 5pm local time. Information about how, where and when to submit an application is contained in each application form.
Description: The Minister for Tourism, the Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP launched TQUAL Grants on 15 April 2009. TQUAL Grants is a highly competitive funding program that was formerly known as the Australian Tourism Development Program.
The aim of TQUAL Grants is to stimulate sustainable growth in the Australian tourism industry. It will do this by supporting innovative, high-quality tourism products that contribute to the long-term economic development of Australia. The tourism industry is a significant driver of the Australian economy. In 2006-07, it provided a direct contribution of almost $39 billion to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product, supported 480,000 jobs and provided over $22 billion in export income. However, tourism is facing a changing environment with increased competition from emerging tourism destinations and the impact of the global financial crisis. If the Australian tourism industry is to compete effectively for both international and domestic travellers, tourism product must remain fresh and innovative, as well as economically competitive.
TQUAL Grants will be delivered by AusIndustry on behalf of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
There are three categories of funding, each with separate eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and funding requirements:
- Category 1—grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 for Innovative Tourism Projects
- Category 2—grants of between $100,000 and $500,000 for Integrated Tourism Development Projects
- Category 3—grants of between $25,000 and $500,000 for National or Sectoral Tourism Initiatives
For more information contact Treadstone on 03 9016 3575 or see www.ret.gov.au