Grants of between $10,000 and $30,000 are available per business, with a total of 300,000 in support to be dispersed to successful applicants in a non-competitive process.
The funds support business development activities leading to the development of new cultural experiences and tourism products which draw more visitors to the NT and encourage them to stay longer.
Feasibility studies, business consultants, applications to land councils and other land management organisations will all be supported by the program.
“The Aboriginal Tourism Development Support Grants offer a great opportunity for Aboriginal businesses to access expert advice on how to build their business,” said the NT’s tourism and hospitality minister, Nicole Manison.
“Tourism creates well-paying jobs in all regions of the Northern Territory, and we want to ensure that continues and Aboriginal businesses are set up to succeed.
“The Territory’s Aboriginal tourism industry is thriving and this government is committed to growing locally owned tourism businesses to share our rich Aboriginal culture, product and experiences.”
Ten Aboriginal tourism businesses have already shared in $200,000 of funding in the program’s first round.
The second round of funding will close on March 15, 2024, or when the full allocation of funding has been committed.
These grants have the potential to increase opportunities for business events in the Northern Territory to engage with more authentic Aboriginal experiences, for which the territory is known.