Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund

What is the Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund?

The Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund is a pilot grant program designed to assist eligible businesses and organisations to partner with the South Australian Government to deliver sustainable, quality tourism experiences in South Australia.



The $5 million Nature-Based Tourism Co-investment Fund is part of the $130 million Parks 2025 strategy and will provide the stimulus and support that businesses need to activate or build on existing ecologically sensitive tourism offerings in the state’s national parks, reserves, botanic gardens, and Crown land.



Funding is available to support the delivery of nature-based, ecologically sensitive tourism experiences that meet the objectives of the program, including:

  • engagement with partners that have the capacity and capability to develop and deliver sustainable tourism experiences and products in SA’s national parks, reserves, botanic gardens and Crown Land
  • delivering positive benefits for the conservation of SA’s nature, parks and places
  • delivering sustainable tourism services that benefit and are supported by local community and visitors
  • providing a clear economic benefit for SA by creating new, sustainable jobs and measurable economic growth



Applicants can seek grants from $20,000 to $1 million and are expected to contribute at least half of the total financial costs of their project.


Eligible Projects

New or improved tourism experiences:

  • designing and delivering new commercial tour experiences in nature, parks and places
  • developing interpretative, educational or interactive materials, like signage
  • developing new cultural tours or experiences
  • delivering events that will trigger visitation
  • designing and delivering new visitor services in nature, parks and places.

New or improved tourism infrastructure, facilities or capital works:

  • establishing and/or upgrading ecologically sensitive accommodation
  • refitting and/or repurposing existing infrastructure or buildings
  • establishing or upgrading walking trails, or upgrading reception or assembly areas
  • improving minor tourism infrastructure.

To ensure the greatest value to the people of SA, not all expenditure on a project may be eligible for grant funding. Eligible and ineligible expenditure includes:

  • must be incurred by the applicant within the project period (between the project start and end date)
  • must be a direct cost of the project
  • must be incurred by the applicant to undertake required project activities.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, you must:

  • be either
    • a private sector business
    • a business cluster
    • a local government body
    • an Aboriginal corporation
    • an incorporated association
  • be financially viable
  • be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have an Australian business number (ABN)



Applications close 30 June 2022.


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