How to Apply Green Tourism Incentive Programme 2024 | The Green Tourism Incentive Programme (GTIP) is an initiative of the Department of Tourism with a key objective of encouraging and assisting privately-owned tourism enterprises to adopt responsible tourism practices through installing solutions to reduce their energy and water consumption and costs. Read through.
The Department of Tourism established the Green Tourism Incentive Programme (“GTIP”) with a key objective of encouraging and assisting privately-owned tourism enterprises to adopt responsible tourism practices through installing solutions for the sustainable management and usage of electricity and water resources.
- The GTIP covers the full cost for a new resource efficiency audit as well as the full cost for reviewing an existing audit
- The GTIP will appoint an assessor from its approved panel to conduct resource efficiency audits to determine the best possible solutions to be implemented. The assessor will also review existing audits where applicable
- The GTIP offers grant funding on a sliding scale from 50% to 90% of the total cost of the approved energy and water efficiency solutions up to a capped amount of R1 million.
- The balance is to be covered by the applicant (either through own resources or from other reputable funding institutions including the IDC
- The grant will not cover the VAT portion for VAT registered enterprises; this will be covered by the applicants as they may claim it back
- The GTIP will cover the VAT portion for non-VAT registered enterprises; in the event of the enterprise registering for VAT and claiming such costs related to the project, the enterprise will be expected to pay back the VAT portion to the GTIP
- The grant funding will be paid directly to service providers/installers
- Applicants must fully utilise their own contribution before the grant funding can be disbursed for the identified intervention being implemented.
- Commit to a set minimum energy and water saving requirement/s, based on the recommendations of the resource efficiency audit or review conducted by the assessor; and
- Only use service providers/installers who meet the GTIP’s requirements; nominated service providers/installers will be screened and confirmation will be provided in writing
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 recommended solution(s).
- Renewable energy generating systems (solar and wind where appropriate);
- Energy and water efficient equipment (including solar-based water heaters, heat pumps and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems;
- Lighting (solar & LED);
- Online metering, sub-metering devices and the related subscription fees;
- Energy and water efficient appliances (washing machines and dishwashers, where warranted);
- Water efficiency systems (dual flush toilets systems; urinals; shower heads; aerated taps);
- Water sourcing systems (rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling);
- Development and implementation of resource management policies (including linen and towel reuse, and guest and staff awareness programmes); and
- Other efficient solutions (gas stoves, solar cookers, pool pumps, efficiency devices, etc.)
Eligibility for those applying ( Energy and water efficiency audit and identification of appropriate solution(s).
- Be an existing or a new privately-owned tourism-specific establishment (accommodation, facilities and attractions) that provide services to tourists as its direct clients. Suppliers and intermediaries are not eligible;
- New establishments to be at least at advanced stages of development where delay and completion risk is minimal (minimum requirements include a detailed business plan that is fully funded, an implementation plan – completion date of the projects should not be longer than 9 months from the date of applying for funding, approved building plans and relevant clearance certificates may be required, where applicable);
- Be an Exempt Micro Enterprise or a Qualifying Small Enterprises in line with the size categorization of the Tourism Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Scorecard.
- Must commit to a resource efficiency audit or review of an existing audit by an assessor appointed by the GTIP;
- Must provide 12 months historic energy and/or water consumption data (in the form of utility bills) and occupancy records for the purposes of conducting the resource efficiency audit;
- Must commit to obtaining quotations from at least three potential service providers/installers that meet the requirements of the GTIP for the identified energy and water efficiency solutions identified during the audit process;
- All applicants are required to complete an application form with the required documentation (including business registration documents; valid tax compliance PIN and latest audited or reviewed annual financial statements) in order to be allocated an assessor who will conduct an energy and water efficiency audit.
Eligibility for those applying Application for funding to implement recommended solution(s).
- Eligible applicants (having completed Phase 1) are required to demonstrate economic viability to be considered for funding.
- The extent of the grant support will be determined using a weighted scoring matrix against three key aspects, with emphasis on the energy and water savings, and transformation aspects as the main focus of the programme:
- In the case of accommodation and conference venues, an official star grading by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) is required. Significant upfront discounts on grading fees are offered by TGCSA through the Tourism Grading Support Programme incentive. Visit www.tourismgrading.co.za for more information;
How to Apply Green Tourism Incentive Programme 2024
To apply for the Energy and Water Efficiency Audit, applicants are required to follow the instructions below:
- Download, complete section A of the application form and submit in soft copy (original excel format) to email@example.com; and
- Section A of the application form, including annexure A (shareholding and employment details), must be completed in full accompanied by the relevant supporting documents as provided in the application form
NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. All applications for funding and enquiries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: 31 March 2024.