The primary goal of the Department of Tourism’s Green Tourism Incentive Program (GTIP) is to support and encourage privately held tourist businesses to embrace ethical tourism practices by implementing cost- and energy-saving measures.
When the GTIP was first introduced in 2017 and reevaluated in 2021, the tourism industry benefited further from the implementation of strategies for the sustainable management and use of water and power.
Under the GTIP, qualifying small and microtourism businesses can get financial support in the form of grants of up to R1 million for the installation of energy and water efficiency solutions. IDC oversees the grants.
IDC Green Tourism Incentive Program
|Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
|Men and Women
|March 31st, 2024
Advantages of IDC Green Tourism Incentive Program
- For firms that are registered with VAT, the grant will not cover the VAT component; applicants will bear this expense as they are eligible to receive a reimbursement.
- The GTIP will pay the VAT component for businesses that are not registered for VAT; if the business registers for VAT and claims such project-related costs, it will be responsible for repaying the GTIP for the VAT share.
- The award funds will be disbursed to installers and service providers directly.
- The GTIP pays for both the entire cost of reviewing an earlier audit and the entire cost of conducting a new resource efficiency audit.
- From its approved panel, the GTIP will designate an assessor to carry out resource efficiency audits in order to identify the most effective solutions to be put into practice. If necessary, the assessor will also go over previous audits.
Deadline for Application
March 31st, 2024
How to Apply
The application process has two phases:
Phase 1: Energy and water efficiency audit and identification of appropriate solution(s).
Phase 2: Application for funding to implement the recommended solution(s).
ENERGY AND WATER EFFICIENCY AUDIT APPLICATION (PHASE 1)
To apply for the Energy and Water Efficiency Audit, applicants are required to follow the instructions below:
- Download, complete section A and Annexure A of the application form and submit in soft copy (original excel format) to [email protected]
- Section A of the application form must be completed in full, accompanied by relevant supporting documents as provided in the application form
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered for the energy and water efficiency audit.
- Application Form excel version (phase 1: complete section A and Annexure A)
APPLICATION FOR FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT SOLUTION (PHASE 2)
Eligible applicants (having completed Phase 1) are required to demonstrate economic viability to be considered for funding.
To apply for funding to implement the solution, applicants are required to follow the instructions below:
- Complete section B of the application form and submit in soft copy (original excel format) to [email protected]
- Section B of the application form must be completed in full, accompanied by relevant supporting documents as provided in the application form
Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.
For more details,visit IDC website
- A grant of 50% to 90% of the entire cost of the approved energy and water efficiency solutions is available through the GTIP, with a maximum grant amount of R1 million.
- The applicant is responsible for paying the remaining amount, either from their own funds or from other respectable funding organizations like the IDC.