What is the Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business?
The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business is a grant opportunity to support Indigenous-owned tourism businesses and Indigenous-owned community organisations to plan for or grow their new/existing tourism businesses within the tourism sector.
The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business grant opportunity has been announced as part of the Indigenous Tourism Fund (ITF). Funding will be made available through an open competitive selection process.
The process is open and competitive, which means your application will be considered on its merits and will be compared to other applications and subject to the availability of funding.
The Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business funding round aims to increase the number of Indigenous-owned tourism products available in the market.
The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:
- support Indigenous–owned businesses and Indigenous-owned community organisations to increase the number of Indigenous tourism products available in the domestic and international market/, particularly in remote and regional Australia; and
- support both Indigenous-owned tourism businesses and Indigenous-owned community organisations to start up, stabilise or grow within the tourism sector. The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:
- build supply and boost product development – e.g. through the acquisition of small plant and equipment, product development, strategic planning, IT equipment or production of marketing material;
- support the marketing and distribution of Indigenous tourism products to ensure sustained demand; and
- meet the changing needs of Indigenous tourism businesses as they move through the COVID-19 recovery and as travel restrictions are progressively lifted.
The Australian Government has announced a total of $12 million over four years is available for this grant opportunity. In 2020-21 $3 million will be available for this grant opportunity. Three separate grant opportunities will be made available in future years. A maximum of $3 million will be made available annually for 1 July to 30 June in 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24. Funding for previous financial years will not be made available in subsequent years as additional funds.
Successful applicants will receive funds to cover the costs of eligible grant activities, up to a maximum of $50,000 for Indigenous-owned tourism businesses and $100,000 for Indigenous community organisations.
The grant is to be used for items that support development of Indigenous business and Indigenous community organisations in the tourism sector including any of the following grant activities:
- acquire small plant and equipment;
- tourism product development;
- strategic planning;
- IT equipment and software; and/or
- production of marketing material.
Given the changing and variable impacts of COVID-19 across Australia, activities must be delivered in alignment with relevant government and health advice to limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19, particularly with respect to protecting elders and those with chronic health issues.
Before commencing an activity, it is your responsibility to develop a COVID-19 Risk Management Plan. The Risk Management Plan should include any potential risks associated with the delivery of an activity, and identify the strategies that you will put in place to minimise those risks. Upon request, you may be required to provide evidence to the NIAA that you have a COVID-19 Risk Management Plan in place.
To be eligible to apply for grant funding under the Tourism Grants for Indigenous Business opportunity you must:
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN) (exemptions may apply in special cases)
- be registered for the purposes of GST
- have an account with an Australian financial institution
- be a business and/ or community organisation with 50 per cent or more Indigenous ownership;
- provide a response to each assessment criterion listed in section 6 of the guidelines
To be eligible for the Indigenous community organisation level of funding (up to $100,000) you must be endorsed in writing by the Regional Manager of the NIAA Region in which your organisation is located as an Indigenous community organisation.
AND be one of the following entity types:
- an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006;
- a private company incorporated in Australia under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
- An Incorporated Association (incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc’ in their legal name);
- An Incorporated Cooperative (also incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ’Cooperative’ in their legal name)
- An Organisation established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation including public benevolent institutions and churches.
- a company incorporated by guarantee;
- an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust;
- a partnership, comprised of at least 50 per cent Indigenous persons;
- a registered charity or not-for-profit organisation; or
- an individual Indigenous person, operating as a sole trader.
In addition you must:
- Have rectified any issues of previous non-compliance with existing Commonwealth agreements to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth, or be in the process of rectifying any issues of non-compliance with existing Commonwealth agreements to the satisfaction of the Commonwealth.
- Submit a budget.
Subject to certain exceptions, under the Strengthening Organisational Governance Policy, all organisations that receive grant funding totalling $500,000 or more (GST exclusive) in any single financial year from IAS funding are required to:
- Incorporate under Commonwealth legislation – Indigenous Organisations will be required to incorporate under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 and; other organisations will be required to incorporate under the Corporations Act 2001.
- Maintain these arrangements while they continue to receive any IAS funding.
Indigenous Organisations already incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 do not have to change their incorporation status. However, all other Indigenous Organisations must be incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 so they can access the assistance and support available under the Act.
Applications close 23 March 2021.