The Bendigo Tourism board is running the fourth 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.

Chair Kathie Bolitho said the board recognises it must encourage small businesses and groups who are looking to introduce innovative tourism projects by offering them financial support.

“There are many people in Bendigo who have great ideas which will increase Bendigo’s profile as a vibrant tourism destination,” she said.

“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.”

The grants of up to $5000 will be awarded to applicants whose projects demonstrate innovation and potential to attract visitors to the city with particular attention being paid to those that encourage visitors to stay the night.

While 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.

Those interested in applying for the grant can download the application form by visiting www.bendigotourism.partners/grants

This application round will close on October 30.