Latest regional tourism project grants up for grabs

25 November 2021

Businesses in the tourism sector with project ideas to bolster the state’s visitor economy are encouraged to apply for the latest round of Victorian Government funding – as Chamber member Dal Zotto Wines outlines how a grant helped propel its business growth.

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The Victorian Chamber encourages members to register for the Regional Tourism Investment Fund, with up to $100 million to be allocated by the Victorian Government to support the creation of compelling tourism projects to boost the state’s economic recovery.  

Grants between $150,000 and $10 million will be allocated per project through the fund. 

Applicants are advised to target new experiences and attractions that reimagine and revitalise four priority areas – nature, epicurean, arts and culture, and First Peoples’ experiences, which were identified in the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan as part of a strategy to grow annual visitor spending to $35 billion by June 2024. 

Applications are encouraged from private businesses, local and state government entities, incorporated associations, not-for-profits, Traditional Owner Corporations and Aboriginal organisations and groups. 

An earlier stimulus round delivered $4.3 million to help grow the Prosecco Road winery district, including helping to establish accommodation at Dal Zotto Wines in Whitfield. 

Owner and Winemaker Michael Dal Zotto said the grants enabled plans to transform a house on site into three-bedroom accommodation, along with six converted containers into rooms for guests. 

 

A converted shipping container at Dal Zotto

 

Funds were secured last year, with construction to be completed around April 2022. 

“There’s no doubt the project would not have come together without the funds,” Mr Dal Zotto said. 

“We appreciate all the support, which was absolutely critical in making this happen.” 

Elsewhere, $2 million was granted to redevelop more than 70 kilometres of Mt Buller’s and Mt Stirling’s mountain bike and walking trails, and a $3.3 million grant for an Eco-Tourism development at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. 

Further details on the fund can be found at business.vic.gov.au, while registrations of interest close on 7 January 2022. 

 

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