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Growing Future Tourism Round 2

The Growing Future Tourism program provides matched financial support of between $1 million and $4 million (ex GST) on eligible project costs for eligible Queensland tourism operators, not-for-profit organisations and local governments to deliver new and enhanced tourism infrastructure or experiences in:

  • coastal and marine tourism
  • heritage and cultural tourism
  • ecotourism and sustainability.

Expressions of Interest for Round 2 of the Growing Future Tourism Fund are now open, closing 29 April 2024.

Successful recipients are to commence within six (6) months of funding approval, with projects required to reach practical completion by 31 March 2027.

The applicant must be the legal owner of assets purchased or created using the funding.

Find out about the program details and application process.


Coastal and marine tourism

Coastal tourism refers to land-based tourism activities including coastal walks and wildlife watching and other coastal recreation activities taking place on the coast for which the proximity to the sea is a condition including their respective supporting infrastructure and services.

Marine tourism refers to sea-based activities such as boating, yachting, cruising, nautical sports (e.g. scuba diving) including their land-based supporting infrastructure and services.

Heritage and cultural tourism

Heritage tourism refers to places, landmarks, artefacts, buildings, monuments, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present, including historic and natural resources.

Cultural tourism refers to tangible and intangible cultural attractions / products, places, artefacts, landmarks. These attractions / products relate to a set of distinctive material, intellectual, spiritual and emotional features of a society.

Ecotourism and sustainability

Ecotourism (and nature-based tourism) infrastructure refers to infrastructure developed and operated in a sustainable manner, and which provides an engaging, meaningful ecotourism or nature-based experience, showcasing Queensland’s outstanding natural landscape and rich cultural heritage.

Sustainability refers to sustainable practices in and by the tourism industry and aims to minimise the negative impacts and maximise the positive ones, during construction and operation, while considering the needs of visitors, current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, and contributing to the wellbeing of the environment and local community where operating.

Key dates

The following dates are indicative only and subject to change as required*. All applications at Expression of Interest and invited Full Business Case stages must be submitted by 11.59pm on the closing date.

Expression of Interest (EOI) openedFriday 22 March 2024
Expression of Interest (EOI) closeMonday 29 April 2024
Full Business Case (FBC) invitationsFrom Monday 27 May 2024
Full Business Case (FBC) submissions closeMonday 8 July 2024
Funding announcementSeptember 2024

* Key dates - changes to these dates are found on the DTS website.

Apply now

Submit an Expression of Interest application through the SmartyGrants portal.

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Last updated: 23 Nov 2023