Grants + Awards

The Board of Bendigo Tourism Inc allocates a limited amount of its funds each year to assist the generation of new, creative and innovative projects.

Kathryn MacKenzie Award – nominations now open

The Kathryn MacKenzie Award is for an outstanding contribution by an individual to Bendigo’s Tourism Industry.

Open to individuals working professionally or voluntarily in the local tourism industry, the Award is presented annually to recognise high performance and to celebrate the career of Kathryn Mackenzie.

Kathryn Mackenzie was the Executive Manager of Tourism with the City of Greater Bendigo for 25 years, during which time Bendigo become one of the most visited destination in Australia.

In 2015 Kathryn received the RACV award for outstanding contribution to Victorian Tourism.

To Apply:
Download the nomination form below
The Kathryn Mackenzie Award Application Form

Submit before June 30th 2018 to:
Bendigo Tourism Board
PO BOX 1373
Bendigo 3552


Further Information:
Please contact Memebership and Marketing Officer, Marie Scholtes on 5434 6123 or email

January 2018 – Third round of the Tourism Grants Program now open

 The Bendigo Tourism Board is running a third round of its Tourism Grants Program. The grant is aimed at assisting groups or businesses looking to introduce innovative projects which have the potential to increase visitation to the Bendigo Region.

“There are many people in Bendigo who have great ideas which will increase Bendigo’s profile as a vibrant tourism destination, however they need a helping hand to turn these ideas into reality … our hope is that this grant will give them the nudge that they need,” Kathie Bolitho, Bendigo Tourism Board Chair.

Grants are available up to the amount of $5,000 for projects demonstrating innovation and that have potential to attract visitors to the city, with particular attention being paid to those that encourage visitors to stay the night.

Whilst Bendigo Tourism members will be given preference when awarding funding, non-members are encouraged to apply if they think they have a project that fits the bill.

Food Fossickers, Heathcote Cellar Door Alliance, Fortuna Villa, Bendigo Queer Film Festival and Star Cinema were successfully awarded the last round of Bendigo Tourism Grant funding for their exciting projects.

How to Apply:
Download and complete the application form below.

Closing Date:
30 May 2018
Successful applicants will be announced in early July.


For more information please contact:

Marie Scholtes
Tourism Membership and Marketing Officer
03 5434 6123

Download Application Form below

Tourism Grant Application Form

For more information and application submissions



a. PO Box 1376 Bendigo Vic 3552

p. 03 5434 6123


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