Tourism Transformation Fund


The Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) is a dedicated capital investment funding established by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and focuses specifically on financial support for black investors and communities investing in capital projects in the tourism sector. The Fund aims to drive transformation in the tourism sector in a more direct and impactful manner that will not only assist black-owned tourism enterprises to expand and grow, but also catalyse the rise of a new generation of black owned youth, women and community owned tourism enterprises to take the tourism sector to new heights. The Fund is administered by the NEF on behalf of the Department of Tourism.

The TTF provides a combination of grant funding, debt financing and equity contributions to facilitate capital investment in the tourism sector by prospective black investors. The grant funding portion is used to reduce the approved loan finance and/or equity contribution by the NEF for tourism projects. The grant funding component is capped at 30% of the total funding required up to a maximum of R 5 million per applicant.


The next window period for applications of the Tourism Transformation Fund will open from 02 September to 30 November 2019.


  • Applicants should submit their application forms and supporting documents directly to the NEF, who will assess applications for commercial viability and TTF eligibility.
  • More detailed information on the TTF as well as an application form and checklist can be downloaded from the NEF Website:
  • All TTF applications and enquiries should be sent to:
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.


Prospective applicants for the Tourism Transformation Fund (TTF) are advised to be wary of people purporting to be representatives or agents of the programme.

Please note that the NEF and the department have not appointed agents or consultants to assist enterprises with the preparation of applications. The use of and payment of any fees to consultants is at the discretion of the applicants.

Programme Guidelines for The Tourism Transformation Fund

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