David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Regional Arts / Cultural / Heritage Tourism Programs now open

January 7, 2022

Organisations across regional arts, culture and heritage tourism are set to benefit from two new funding programs totalling $8 million.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud invited cultural, heritage and arts organisations and events to review the funding opportunities and identify worthy projects, with a view to bolstering the Maranoa tourism offering.

“I encourage Maranoa arts, cultural and heritage organisations to apply for a grant today – this will help us to continue to offer appealing cultural tourism experiences in our regional communities,” he said.

The two programs are:

  • a $5 million Regional Arts Fund Cultural Tourism Accelerator (RAFCTA); and
  • a $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program.

Mr Littleproud said that the RAFCTA program will increase tourism visitation by helping arts organisations to promote and develop cultural events for tourists across regional Australia.

“Available grants include $10,000 for a targeted marketing campaign, $10,000 for an experience initiative that adds something new to an existing program, or $15,000 for a partnership initiative with hospitality, accommodation, retail or events businesses to increase visitation and develop cross markets,” he said.

“We know heritage is a major tourism drawcard across Maranoa from historic houses, railway stations and museums, to award-winning complexes such Winton’s Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History, the Australian Stockmen’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre in Longreach and Charleville’s Royal Flying Doctors’ Visitor Centre.

“The CHART funding is a chance for our museums, galleries and historical societies to stage events or improve their facilities to encourage tourists to return to regional areas.

“Funding of up to $3,000 will support activities that encourage cultural tourism, in particular, the telling of the stories of local communities.

“With the Morrison Government’s support, we can help rebuild our local economy through the development of collections or exhibits, improved facilities for visitors, and the digitisation of local heritage collections for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Littleproud said.

The Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) is delivering the CHART program on behalf of the Government.

Applications for the CHART funding will close on 29 April 2022 or once all funding is expended, whichever comes first. For more details visit the AMaGA website at www.amaga.org.au/chart.

Applications for the RAFCTA grants close on 25 January 2022, with projects to start by 1st April 2022 and be acquitted by 31 October 2022.

More information about the RAFCTA grant can be found at:

Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program


The Morrison Government is investing more than $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021 22.