Accessible Tourism Elevate Fund
Supporting Queensland’s transformation to an accessible tourism destination.
The $5 million Accessible Tourism Elevate Fund will support Queensland’s tourism industry to enhance their accessible tourism experiences.
The Fund is an initiative as part of the 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism, and will support activities like improved communication and information sharing, digital and website accessibility, staff training and education, adaptive equipment, technology and infrastructure.
The Fund provides two grants for eligible applicants to apply for what they need, depending on where they are in their accessibility journey.
Eligible Queensland tourism and events businesses and not-for-profit organisations, local governments and regional and local tourism organisations will have the opportunity to apply.
The Access Starter Grants provide $5,000 in funding to eligible applicants at the start of their journey to get the basics right through access audits, development of accessibility plans and statements, improved communication and information sharing, digital and website accessibility, staff training and education.
The Access Project Grants provide funding of between $50,000 and $250,000 (excluding GST) to eligible applicants who have already identified accessibility improvements and are ready to implement best practice accessibility projects. These projects will need to be co-designed with people with disability and deliver tangible, high-impact accessibility improvements.
No matched funding is required, however priority may be given to applications demonstrating co-investment by the applicant.
The types of projects that may be considered include (but are not limited to):
Access Starter Grant
Access audits, plans and statements
Experience design and planning
Digital and communication accessibility, including accessibility content
Training and awareness
Access Project Grant
(where those upgrades are not an existing mandatory legislative or planning requirement for the existing infrastructure)
Adaptive equipment and technology
Communication, signage and digital accessibility
Sensory-friendly spaces and resources
The Accessible Tourism Toolkit provides a range of resources and links that may assist in the development of an application including links to organisations and service providers that specialise in accessibility.
Key dates for both grants
|Guidelines available||12 October 2023|
|Applications open||26 October 2023|
Please note these dates are indicative only and may be subject to change.
For more information, email the Tourism Division team at GrowingTI@dtis.qld.gov.au.
Last updated: 26 Oct 2023