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Tourism Recovery Assistance Grant

The Tourism Recovery Assistance Grant is provided under the joint Commonwealth and State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, and is to support tourism operators in Far North Queensland recover from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Jasper within severely impacted Local Government Areas that rely heavily on tourism.

The $1.6 million Tourism Recovery Assistance Grant provides financial assistance of up to $50,000 (ex GST) for eligible businesses in the defined disaster area. Owners of medium to large tourism operations, which have suffered direct damage as a result of the disaster, can access funding to contribute towards the costs of initial clean-up, repairs and reinstatement of tourism operations.

In addition to applying for the Tourism Recovery Assistance Grant, you may also be eligible to apply for the Tourism Exceptional Assistance Grant.


To be eligible for funding tourism businesses must have been engaged in tourism operations located in the defined disaster area and have suffered direct damage as a result of the disaster, which is defined as commencing on 13 December 2023.

At the time of the event, the business must:

  • have been located in one of the following Local Government Authority Areas at:
    • Cairns Regional Council
    • Cassowary Coast Regional Council
    • Cook Shire Council
    • Douglas Shire Council
    • Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Mareeba Shire Council
    • Tablelands Regional Council
    • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council
    • Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council
  • employ between 20 and 200 equivalent full-time employees
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for GST.

To be eligible for funding the business must also:

  • be primarily responsible for meeting the cost of activities requested in the application
  • intent to re-establish the tourism operation in the defined disaster area.

Applicants who operate more than one tourism operation, for example under a single ABN at separate locations, may apply for assistance for each eligible separate tourism operation for up to the maximum amount of assistance available for the defined disaster event.

To assist with the application request, a grant budget tool (XLSX, 25.8KB) has been provided for applicants to complete and upload with their online application.

Apply now

Applications are open. Apply through the Enquire Grants portal.

Please review the grant guidelines (PDF, 419.7KB) for more information regarding business eligibility and the type of eligible activities available.

Please read the terms and conditions (PDF, 161.0KB) of this grant before applying.

Key dates

Applications open 25 January 2024
Applications close 31 March 2024 (11.59pm)*
Notification of outcomes On a rolling basis
Activity completion date On or before 28 June 2024

Note: Dates are indicative only and subject to change as required by DTS.

*or earlier if funding allocation fully exhausted.

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Last updated: 28 Feb 2024