Nature-based Tourism Small Grants

What is the Nature-based Tourism Small Grants Program?

The Nature-based Tourism (NBT) Small Grants Program is a pilot project funded under the $5 million Nature-based Tourism Co-investment Fund, to assist eligible businesses and organisations to deliver innovative, sustainable tourism experiences in South Australia.



The Nature-based Tourism Small Grants Program offers a total of $300,000 in grant funding for small-scale, innovative projects that will support tourism activation in South Australia. The purpose of the NBT Small Grants Program is to create new tourism experiences including seasonal or pop-up experiences, as well as tourism/regional events in nature, parks and public places.

New nature-based tourism experiences will create opportunities for visitors to develop a sense of personal connection that will endeavor to encourage them to become life-long supporters and advocates of nature and heritage conservation. Innovative projects connecting visitorsto nature are encouraged.



Applicants can apply for funding from $2,000 to $15,000 (excluding GST).

The maximum grant period is 12 months after execution of the grant agreement. However, due consideration will be given to any potential impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on completing the project with social distancing and other public health measures in place.


Eligible Projects

New or improved innovative tourism experiences including, but are not limited to:

  • Seasonal or pop-up tourism experiences
  • Events that encourage visitation
  • Commercial and/or cultural tours
  • Interpretative, educational or interactive programs
  • Temporary or portable visitor facilities.

The new product or tourism experience is (or will need to be) registered on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) when completed.


Eligible Applicants

To apply for a NBT Small Grant, applicants must be a legal entity with a valid and active ABN (Australian Business Number) and have an account with an Australian financial institution.

Proposals will be considered on the following lands:

  • South Australian National Parks and Reserves
  • Crown Land areas under the care and control of the Minister for Environment and Water
  • Crown Land areas under the care and control of a local Council
  • Land under the care and control of SA Water
  • Land under the care and control of ForestrySA
  • Botanic Gardens of South Australia
  • Historic shipwrecks within South Australian State waters
  • Aboriginal owned or controlled lands and where First Nations peoples have shared access rights under Native Title

Applicants are required to obtain written support for their proposed project from the relevant land managers. A template is available from the webpage and must be signed by land managers and attached to the application.



Applications close 3 December 2021.


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