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Enabling Tourism Fund Victoria

The Enabling Tourism Fund – Competitive Round will accelerate high-potential tourism initiatives through the explorative and market-testing phase and facilitate projects towards investment-ready status.

Key Requirements

  • Applications Open: Now
  • Grants between $20,000 – $500,000
  • Funding is provided on up to ETF $4:$1 other
  • In-kind contributions will not be considered as part of the funding co-contribution, however any such in-kind contribution will be taken into account during the assessment process
  • Funding co-contributions must be from sources other than the Victorian Government (including other Victorian Government departments or agencies) in order to satisfy the required funding ratio

Activities that have received or will receive Victorian Government funding from other sources outside this Fund may apply, however any such funding will be considered as part of funding assessment criteria.

What is eligible for funding?

To be eligible for funding under the ETF – Competitive Round an activity must drive the investment readiness of a project that creates new tourism infrastructure and/ or a significant enhancement that builds on existing infrastructure.

Eligible activities include:

  • Business case development
  • Feasibility studies and master planning
  • Detailed design
  • Funding strategy
  • Pilot projects and market testing*
  • Investigations (eg. geotechnical, heritage)
  • Quantity surveying
  • Operational viability studies
  • Information to promote investment partnering opportunities (go to market approaches)
  • Other activities required to progress tourism-related infrastructure projects to investmentready status.

* For pilot projects to be considered, proponents must demonstrate that the pilot is a key step in testing the viability of a larger scale project with significant tourism outcomes.

What companies are eligible for funding?

Applicants must be one of the following types of entities to apply:

  • Private sector proponents (defined as an individual, privately-owned or commercial organisation that has overall control and responsibility for project that is predominantly funded through private capital);
  • Local and State Government entities, including:
    • Public Land Managers, Land Management Authorities and Committees of Management
    • Local Government Authorities
    • Alpine Resort Management Boards
    • State or Local Government owned entities
  • Incorporated associations;
  • Not-for-profit organisations, including community groups that are an incorporated body, cooperative or association; or
  • Traditional Owner Corporations, organisations and groups, and Aboriginal-owned businesses.

In addition, to be eligible for funding applications must:

  • Possess an Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Be financially solvent.

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.
This fund was extremely popular in the last round so talk to an Avant Group Advisor today to assess eligibility and register your interest.