Tourism Infrastructure Fund: Application and assessment process

We assess all applications to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund for eligibility and put through an independent financial assessment before being considered by a funding panel.

When to apply

Applications for Round 5 of the Tourism Infrastructure Fund have now closed.

Eligibility and assessment

All applications to the fund go through an eligibility and criteria assessment to make sure funding:

  • goes to councils that are most in need; that is, most financially constrained
  • that the level of co-funding put forward by applicants is sufficient, taking into account its financial circumstances.

We carry out the assessment in consultation with other agencies as appropriate.

We interpret ‘region’ as the area for which the applicant (eg, local council) is responsible. We will refer to the following territorial authority level data:

  • for visitor numbers, guest night figures available under the Accommodation Survey published by Statistics NZ
  • for tourism revenue, the Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) published on our website.

We encourage applicants to also use the Accommodation Survey and the MRTEs. However, you may offer any data from reliable sources to support your case for co-funding.

To calculate the visitor to rating unit ratio, we look at the number of rateable properties and not the local population. For visitor numbers, we will also consider any other reliable data that are provided in support of an application.

Financial assessment

All eligible applications to the fund go through a financial assessment to check:

  • the council's financial position
  • other projects that have been funded by council
  • the potential impact should the project proceed and funding be denied eg, whether the council would be required to take on more debt to address the identified problem
  • the council's project management capability and financial management history to check it can deliver on its project proposals.

How the financial assessment is done is up to the independent assessors, but can include a review of:

  • recent rates increases
  • debt levels in relation to ratepayer base
  • the council's history of project delivery.

Other considerations include:

  • whether applicants have considered a range of alternative solutions. Applicants should describe the alternative sources they have considered to fund their project, and why that funding is not available, (eg, an application for alternative funding was rejected)
  • innovative solutions that enhance productivity, reduce costs (operating or capital), leverage economics of scale and/or raise revenue
  • whole-of-life costs to demonstrate the proposed solution offers value for money
  • the need for higher quality infrastructure to enhance the visitor experience, to support higher value visitors.

The Tourism Infrastructure Panel

A strategic advisory panel:

  • considers the eligibility and criteria assessment we put forward 
  • recommends a package of the projects it believes will best meet the objectives of the Priorities Statement for the round.

The Minister of Tourism has final approval of successful applications over $1 million, the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has final approval for applications under $1 million.

Tourism Infrastructure Fund Panel

Unsuccessful applications

We can provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants on request.

Last updated: 08 April 2021