About the programme

The Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery is a $54 million contestable fund for projects that will have meaningful impact across the tourism system.

The programme’s purpose

The programme will co-fund grants for projects that:

  1. seek to stimulate, catalyse or achieve transformative innovation
  2. seek to deliver on the core values of tourism
  3. seek to achieve at least one of the programme’s 5 outcomes, and
  4. are applicable to the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey.

The definition of transformative innovation is a fundamental or disruptive shift towards new or different and better systems, business models, processes, experiences, or products that create a meaningful impact across the New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey.

The core values of tourism are:

Diagram of the 4 core values of tourism

The Programme’s 5 outcomes are:

Diagram of the 5 outcomes of the tourism programme

The New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey is:

New Zealand-Aotearoa visitor journey diagram

The Government is looking to fund a mix of projects across the programme’s 5 outcomes and different parts of the visitor journey.

There are 2 funding streams.

Stream One: Discovery

Stream One will fund innovative, solution-based projects that may require further feasibility work to prepare a business case before applying for full development support.

Applicants can request between $10,000 and $25,000 to complete a Stream One project within 4 months. Applicants must co-fund at least 50% of their project’s costs.

Stream One has up to $1 million available for allocation. Applications are open from 10 November 2022 until 3 May 2023.

Applicants do not need to have received Stream One funding to apply for Stream Two funding.

More information on Stream One

Stream Two: Development

Stream Two will fund innovative, solutions-based projects that have a full business case.

Applicants can request between $100,000 and $10 million to complete a Stream Two project. Applicants must co-fund at least 50% of their project’s costs. Projects that have significant positive community-wide or sector-wide benefits may only be required to co-fund 25% of their project’s costs. All Stream Two project must be completed within two years.

Stream Two has up to $49.2 million available for allocation. Expressions of Interest are open from 10 November 2022 till 1 September 2023. Full Applications must be received by 28 February, 30 June and 31 October 2023.

More information on Stream Two

Who can apply

The programme is open to individuals and organisations that can demonstrate:

  • A New Zealand presence, and
  • They have, or can source, co-funding to the required amount.

Applications for a project led by a group of individuals or businesses are also welcomed.

Central government agencies are not eligible for the programme’s funding.

Check your eligibility through the self-assessment eligibility tool

Application process

Below is a diagram of the application process for Streams One and Two. More information on the application processes is available at the links below.

Information on Stream One

Information on Stream Two

Stream One: Discovery application process

Flow-chart of Stream-1: Discovery application process

Stream Two: Development application process

Flow-chart of Stream 2: Development application process

Key dates

Stream One dates
10 November 2022 Stream One opens for applications
December 2022 – May 2023 Stream One Applications assessed on a monthly basis by MBIE
3 May 2023 Closing deadline for all Stream One Applications

Stream Two dates
10 November 2022 Stream Two opens for Expressions of Interest
December 2022 – September 2023 Stream Two Expressions of Interest assessed on a monthly basis by MBIE
28 February 2023 Closing deadline for Stream Two Full Applications (successful EOIs by invitation) Round 1
30 June 2023 Closing deadline for Stream Two Full Applications (successful EOIs by invitation) Round 2
1 September 2023 Closing deadline for Stream Two Expressions of Interest
31 October 2023 Closing deadline for Stream Two Full Applications (successful EOIs by invitation) Round 3

Webinars

MBIE hosted a webinar on 17 November 2022 to provide more information about the programme. The recorded webinar with closed captions will be uploaded on to the website soon. Please email tourisminnovation@mbie.govt.nz if you would like to view the webinar in the meantime. 

Further information

If you require further information about the Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery, read the Guidance document below or email tourisminnovation@mbie.govt.nz.

A summary of the Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery is also available below.

Last updated: 24 November 2022