Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund

A new Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund (MFF) of $12 million over four years was established at Budget 2016 for mid-sized infrastructure projects that deliver facilities utilised by visitors, enhance the visitor experience and help communities maximise their tourism growth potential.

The Fund reflects the reality that some districts have a limited ability to respond to the pressure caused by visitor growth, because of funding constraints such as low ratepayer bases.

The Fund will provide the support needed so communities can afford to fund visitor-related facilities such as toilets, carparks, waste disposal and minor water management projects.

Funding rounds

Round two opened on 15 March 2017. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on 12 April 2017.

Who can apply

The MFF is open to proposals from territorial authorities, or other entities that have received support from their local council to apply to the Fund. Out-of-round funding applications will not be considered.

The Fund’s scope

A working group comprising of representatives from Tourism Industry Aotearoa, Local Government New Zealand and MBIE developed a set of eligibility and assessment criteria to prioritise proposals. Key eligibility criteria include:

  • Demand: applicants need to demonstrate that there is visitor demand for the new or enhanced facilities, that there is local support for the project, and what regional economic (and other) benefits will come from it.
  • Co-funding: applicants need to be able to demonstrate what priority they are placing on the project by the extent they maximise their contribution. Projects must require co-funding of $100,000 (excl. GST) to be eligible. We will attempt to fund as many worthy projects as possible.
  • Project readiness: projects must be ‘shovel ready’ and demonstrate that MFF funding is integral to delivering the proposed facility within a six-month timeframe
  • Scope for projects: applicants must demonstrate that receiving a one-off, project specific grant from the MFF will deliver new or enhanced facilities that respond appropriately to visitor growth, while not competing with commercial activities in the region.

The Assessment Panel will consider whether projects are eligible before applications are ranked using the Assessment criteria, as set out in the Guidelines for Applicants.

Apply for funding

Proposal application form [DOCX 198KB]

Guidelines for applicants [PDF 382KB]

Questions and answers [PDF 70KB]

Round one funding recipients

MBIE approved 14 applications for funding from the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. A total of $3,052,187 was awarded for round one.

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