Tourism Support Funding

Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan

Great South is the lead agency for the delivery of the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan in Southland. 


The plan includes three initiatives available to tourism businesses based within the Southland District Council rating area.

Applications for the Business Advisory Support and Advice Implementation Grant are now being accepted. Tourism businesses can access funding through all 3 business initiatives. Further information about the Tourism Kick-start Fund will be provided when it becomes available.

Download Business Advisory Support application form

Download Business Advice implementation application form

You can find more information about all three funds further down this page. Scroll to the bottom of this page to register your interest for the Kick-start Fund and if you still have questions about the two available funds, you can download a page of frequently asked questions:

Download FAQs

More information about the Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan is available on the MBIE website.

Business Advisory Support

The Business Advisory Support available for eligible businesses is a maximum of $5,000 per business operation (excluding GST). It enables businesses to receive expert advice and support through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) at Great South. This advice is in addition to any previous advice that a business may have received through the RBP Network.

The objective of the Business Advisory Support is to support long term outcomes for businesses. This includes helping businesses to make hard decisions to navigate and manage an uncertain long-term global and domestic outlook.

The advice will fall into 3 broad categories:

  • Continue – Advice to help the business to continue on with its operations, be it a confirmation or adjustment to current business practice to operate, until the return of international visitors at commercially significant levels.
  • Hibernate – Advice to help the business to scale down or close parts of their business, and what future conditions might precipitate an increase in business operations.
  • Cease – Advice to help businesses to cease trading and/or advice on how to cease trade in a way that will minimise costs.

The Business Advisory Support initiative will be open for an initial 1 year period from 31 August 2021 to 31 August 2022. A review to extend the time period is expected to occur based on funding availability.

Eligibility criteria

Your business must:

  • be physically based within the Southland District Council rating area
  • be a GST registered business, or GST registered prior to COVID-19 (2019/20 financial year);
  • have a New Zealand Business Number. If you do not have a New Zealand Business Number, you can register to get one on the NZBN website:
  • Get your NZBN — there's one for every Kiwi business(external link) — NZBN
  • be operating in a commercial environment;
  • be a privately‐owned business or Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership;
  • be a tourism business, which is defined as a business where at least 50% of its operational output is purchased by tourists (domestic or international), for example: Accommodation, Arts and Recreational Services, Food Services, Transport Services or Retail Trade. This can include service businesses whose output is purchased by tourism businesses.

Charitable Trusts, Incorporated Societies, Non-business entities, and Local and Central Governments are ineligible.


What can I get advice on?

Businesses can access expert advice and support in 1 or more of the following subject areas:

  • HR & employee relations and legal (e.g. contract law, legal requirements)
  • Financial and cash flow management (e.g. budgeting, forecasting, scenario planning)
  • Health and wellness (e.g. employee mental health & wellness, resilience building and stress management)
  • Business continuity planning (e.g. workforce planning, risk management)
  • Marketing strategy (e.g. digital marketing strategy, branding, digital advertising)
  • Digital enablement strategy (e.g. website development, automated booking)
  • Hibernation and exit advice (e.g. liquidation support)Management capability development (e.g. training services to improve management capability within the business).

    Business Advisory Support application form

Business Advice Implementation Grant

The Business Advice Implementation Grant available for eligible businesses is a maximum of $5000 per business operation (excluding GST). This grant is intended to support businesses to implement advice they have received through the Business Advisory Support initiative or a satisfactory alternative provider. This advice may come from multiple providers if the expense for each is approved, and the total across all providers does not exceed the total advice grant of $5000 per business operation (excluding GST).

This grant is only available to implement advice that the Lead Entity has approved. Advice must have been provided in a written format, so there is an audit trail for the grants. This could be as simple as a short description outlining the advice provided.

The Business Advice Implementation Grant will be open for an initial 1 year period from 31 August 2021 to 31 August 2022. A review to extend the time period is expected to occur based on funding availability.

Eligibility criteria

Your business must:

  • be physically based within the Southland District Council rating area and have received advice from the Regional Business Partner Network, or an alternative channel that has been approved by the Growth Advisor employed by Great South;
  • be a GST registered business, or GST registered prior to COVID-19 (2019/20 financial year);
  • have a New Zealand Business Number. If you do not have a New Zealand Business Number, you can register to get one on the NZBN website:
  • Get your NZBN — there's one for every Kiwi business(external link) — NZBN
  • be operating in a commercial environment;
  • be a privately‐owned business or Māori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Māori assets under multiple ownership;
  • be a tourism business, which is defined as a business where at least 50% of its operational output is purchased by tourists (domestic or international), for example: Accommodation, Arts and Recreational Services, Food Services, Transport Services or Retail Trade. This can include service businesses whose output is purchased by tourism businesses.

Charitable Trusts, Incorporated Societies, Non-business entities, and Local and Central Governments are ineligible.

What can the grant be spent on?

The Business Advice Implementation Grant can be used for operational activities in 1 or more of the following categories:

  • HR & employee relations and legal (e.g. contract law, legal requirements)
  • Financial and cash flow management (e.g. budgeting, forecasting, scenario planning)
  • Health and wellness (e.g. employee mental health & wellness, resilience building and stress management)
  • Business continuity planning (e.g. workforce planning, risk management)
  • Marketing strategy (e.g. digital marketing strategy, branding, digital advertising)
  • Digital enablement strategy (e.g. website development, automated booking)
  • Hibernation and exit advice (e.g. liquidation support)
  • Management Capability Training and Coaching.

The Business Advice Implementation Grant cannot be used for:

  • advice already implemented and paid for (i.e. historic payments are ineligible)
  • anything that is not detailed in the professional advice already received
  • capital expenditure (e.g. purchasing computer hardware, vehicles, boats, planes)
  • employees of the business for advice implementation to mitigate the risk of conflicts of interest or perverse behaviour
  • any other situation where an actual, perceived or potential conflict of interest may exist, without prior written approval from the Lead Entity.

    Business Advice implementation application form

Tourism Kick-start Fund 

The Government recently outlined a framework for re-opening borders, and the key to this is our elimination strategy. We are preparing for a phased resumption of quarantine-free travel by vaccinating as many people as possible and safely conducting a self-isolation trial for vaccinated New Zealanders.

Once enough people are vaccinated, we expect to see the phased return of travellers to our shores in 2022 on an individual risk-based approach to border settings. In the meantime, the Government is providing support to tourism businesses where it’s most needed.

Alongside the Business Advisory Support initiative and Advice Implementation Grant, the Government is making wider support available through the Tourism Kick-start Fund ($49 million) to help tourism businesses in the 5 South Island districts prepare for the return of international visitors. We expect to have more details about this fund once we are closer to reconnecting borders. 

Register your interest

We will keep you updated on the Kick-start fund. Register your interest and get updates by emailing tourismsupport@greatsouth.nz with:

  • Business name
  • Phone number
  • Business physical address(es)

For further information, check the MBIE website or email tourismsupport@greatsouth.nz

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