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Caravan park in Australia

Caravan Parks Grant Program

  • Applications Open: until 22 December, 2022
  • Grants: $10,000 – $100,000

The Caravan Park Grant Program provides grants of $10,000 up to $100,000 matched funding for visitor infrastructor upgrades at Australian caravan parks. This funding must be matched by the applicant on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

The $10 million Caravan Park Grant Program will provide support for caravan park infrastructure upgrades — this includes upgrades to current infrastructure or creating new infrastructure that includes improvements to accessibility and adapting new practices for environmental sustainability.

Key Requirements

The below documents need to be included in your application:

  • Evidence of matching funding through:
    • bank statement in your name showing the matching cash amount
    • signed letter from the business owner, financial controller/manager or accountant confirming that the matching cash is available for the project.
  • Evidence of your site(s) composition or layout showing 40 or more powered sites used for short-term visitor accommodation. Powered sites refer to caravan or camping sites and cabins
  • If you own or operate multiple parks and are applying for multiple grants you must provide the ownership structure of your organisation, clearly showing how the caravan parks fit into the structure.
  • A copy of your current Public Liability Insurance Certificate of Currency for the caravan park and each caravan park if you apply for multiple grants.
  • A project budget including the main costs and what the grant funding and matching cash will be used for. An optional template for the project budget is available from Austrade’s website.
  • Evidence that your project will be ready to begin in early 2023 and can be completed by 15 May 2024. This evidence can be (but is not limited to):
    • statements from suppliers
    • detailed project plans.
  • For eligible trustees, a copy of the trust deed which confirms that the trustee has the power to enter into a contract on behalf of the applicant.

What is eligible for funding?

The grant funding must be used by eligible applicants to support the Program objectives. Projects must be upgrades to existing infrastructure and/or assets or new infrastructure and/or assets. Projects must focus primarily on direct benefit towards short-term visitor accommodation and/or facilities.
Eligible projects could include (but are not limited to):

  • Upgrading sites, cabins or amenities to make them more accessible, environmentally friendly or reduced carbon impact.
  • Installing new cabins or substantial renovations of existing cabins
  • Developing new caravan/camping sites
  • Increasing the number of powered sites
  • Installing new or upgraded visitor amenities
  • Installing new or upgraded recreational facilities

What companies are eligible for funding?

Eligible applicants must:

  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN).
  • Be a legal entity that operates a caravan park within Australia with 40 or more powered sites used for short-term visitor accommodation. Powered sites refer to caravan or camping sites and cabins. Permanent accommodation or long-term sites do not count towards this number.\
  • Be solvent.
  • Have an account with an Australian financial institution that is located within Australian territorial boundaries.
  • Hold public liability insurance and other relevant insurance to cover the project.

If you are successful, you must hold an ABN, be solvent and have public liability and other relevant insurance to cover the project at all times while you are a grantee.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.