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Funding Grants

What is available in your state?

To assist with the return of face to face business events we aim to keep our members up to date and across any grant opportunities available to them or their clients for future business events.

AUSTRALIA WIDE

National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI)

The Australian Government has announced a total of $315,000 GST exclusive in 2022–23 for the National Disability Conference Initiative (NDCI).

The NDCI is a competitive grant round providing funding to conference organisers to enable people with disability to attend and participate in nationally focussed disability-related conferences within Australia. Eligible organisations may apply for grants of up to $10,000 to assist people with disability with the costs of attending conferences, assist family members or carers providing support to people with disability attending conferences, or increase accessibility at conferences.

Applications for this grant round close on 1 February 2022.

For more information, including the Grant Opportunity Guidelines and information on how to apply, please visit the Community Grants Hub website. Frequently asked questions and answers about the NDCI can also be found here. Any enquiries about this grant opportunity can be directed to support@communitygrants.gov.au.

Business Events Grant Program Extension Update

The Business Events Grants program closed on 30 March 2021 and received 1729 eligible applications requesting over $56 million in funding. The program’s $50 million in funding has been fully exhausted with more than 1500 applicants awarded funding. All successful applicants have now been advised.

The Australian Government is currently considering options regarding the program including in relation to eligible applicants who did not receive funding due to the program allocation being exhausted as well as potential new applications under a program extension.

An update regarding the Government’s decisions will be made as soon as possible. Once a decision has been made the information will be published on the Austrade website.

Tourism Australia – Business Events Boost Program.

Applications for Tourism Australia’s Business Events Boost Program 2021/22 closed on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 5pm AEST.

The program aims to support the Australian business events industry by providing the opportunity to leverage funding and Tourism Australia’s expertise to deliver marketing and distribution projects which help drive demand for domestic face-to-face business events.

For full details of the program and to download the Business Events Boost Program 2021/22 Prospectus visit the Business Events Australia website

STATES

QUEENSLAND

Business Events Acquisition and Leveraging Fund (ALF)
TEQ’s ALF provides bid support to assist in securing international business events to Queensland. To enquire about potential funding assistance, please complete the enquiry form here.

ALF Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for funding, the following criteria must be met:

  • The Event must be an International Event.
  • For International Corporate Incentive Groups only, there must be a minimum 200 international delegates in attendance per day.
  • For International Association Conferences only, there must be a minimum of 400 delegates in attendance each day, of which 50% must have travelled from overseas.
  • The Event must be in the bidding phase and must be bidding against international destinations. No confirmed Events will be considered.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Convention Bureau to discuss how they can provide assistance including the provision of relevant destination information.

BRISBANE

Brisbane Economic Development Agency (EDA) is offering financial support to eligible business events that choose Brisbane for their 2021 or 2022 event. For a limited time, cash support of $50 per in-person delegate is available to help reduce event costs and upgrade your conference program. Funding is limited to an allocated budget and applications will be assessed in the order in which they apply, until the funds have been expended. For further details including terms and conditions and the enquiry form please go to  https://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/conventions/upgrade-your-conference.

CAIRNS & GREAT BARRIER REEF
Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef also offer funding for eligible events with a minimum of 300 delegates. Funding is assessed on a case by case basis with priority given to events held during the shoulder season of October – May. Funding is awarded based on the number of delegates attending the conference in person with an average amount of $50 per delegate. For further information contact Kylie Brand on +61 7 4015 1239 or mail: Kylie.brand@ttnq.org.au

NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW Event Saver program

The purpose of Event Saver is to provide financial support to organisers of Major Events scheduled to be held between Wednesday 15 December 2021 and Saturday 31 December 2022 where an event is cancelled or Significantly disrupted as a direct result of Public Health Orders (PHO).

Major Events have been targeted for support due to the significant impact these events have on driving tourism as well as on the broader NSW economy.

Event Saver is one of several investments the NSW Government is making as part of its NSW COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and is intended to boost event organiser confidence to allow for continued planning and staging of Major Events across NSW over the year ahead.

Guidelines
Please read the NSW Event Saver Guidelines before completing your Expression of Interest. The guidelines outline information on eligibility and application requirements and how your application will be assessed.

Please note guidelines are current at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

Apply now
To submit your application, you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form through the secure online grants system, SmartyGrants.

Key dates
Stage One Expressions of Interest are now open and close 30 September 2022.

Event organisers are encouraged to submit their expression of interest as soon as possible.

Note that organisers for events scheduled from 30 April 2022 must submit their EOI at least 90 days prior to the event.

Event Saver is available to Eligible Applicants who are organising Eligible Events from Wednesday 15 December 2021 up to (and on) Saturday 31 December 2022.

For further information visit: https://www.create.nsw.gov.au/funding-and-support/event-saver/

For regional NSW business events support go to meetinnsw.com.au.

BESydney and its partners also offer support for organisers of larger conferences and incentives above 900 delegates for 2022 and beyond. If you are considering Sydney, and your larger event is not eligible for Kickstart 2021 funding, please get in touch with the BESydney bidding team at BidSydney@besydney.com.au.

The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is currently open for applications. Applications are open until 30 April or until funding has been expended.

Details of the Fund can be found here – https://www.meetinnsw.com.au/business-event-development-fund

NEW ZEALAND

Tourism New Zealand offers strategic funding and support to any Australian or Australasian association or organisation that wants to explore holding a conference or incentive in New Zealand.

To find out how Tourism New Zealand can support your conference or incentive please contact Helen Bambry on
0415 933 325 or helen.bambry@tnz.govt.nz.

TASMANIA

Funding applications have opened for Tasmania’s $8 million Events Support and Attraction Fund, which will help draw visitors into regional Tasmanian communities and attract new events to Tasmania.

Events Tasmania aims to encourage event organisers to stage their next event in Tasmania by providing funding and development assistance.

For further information visit https://www.eventstasmania.com/grants_and_funding

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Considering Canberra for your next business event?

The Canberra Convention Bureau (CCB) can partner with you to ensure it is a rewarding success.

To learn how CCB can support your next event in the Capital please contact their destination experts at 02 6263 5300 or enquiries@canberraconvention.com.au

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

If you are considering Adelaide for your next business event the Adelaide Convention Bureau (ACB) can partner with you to ensure it is highly successful.

To find out how ACB can support your event please contact directly by phone 1300 277 774 or by email sales@adelaideconvention.com.au.

VICTORIA

If you are looking to bid to host an international conference please speak to Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) directly to receive details regarding their international subvention fund by contacting Beverley Williamson on +61 3 9002 2307 or by email beverley.williamson@melbournecb.com.au.

 

VICTORIA (REGIONAL)

Business Events Victoria (BEV) provides support and assistance. If you holding a conference or incentive program in regional Victoria. Please get in touch with the team at info@businesseventsvictoria.com for more information and services, including bid assistance for national conferences and local government funding.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

NT Business Events Support fund
The Northern Territory Business Events Support Fund (NTBESF) aims to assist the Territory business events sector by providing funding assistance to organisers of qualified corporate meetings, conferences, conventions, exhibitions and incentives.

Who can apply?
Business events planners or organisations considering the Northern Territory as the destination in which to stage their business event may apply for financial assistance of AUD$100 per delegate.

For more info and to apply visit: NT Business Events Support fund | Northern Territory Business Events 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Business Events Perth (BE Perth) offers targeted funding support to business event organisers considering Western Australia as the destination for their next business event.

Visit our website to explore the range of support available for international and national association conferences or corporate meetings and incentive groups to come to Western Australia.

BE Perth undertakes a focus to support business events aligning with Western Australia’s Diversify WA strategic sectors.

BE Perth can now also support State-based events to occur and will continue to do so in the near-term, to support local industry due to COVID-19.

BE Perth has supported over 110 State-based events and nearly 60,000 delegates to meet in Western Australia since August 2020.

Support for eligible State-based business events is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact the BE Perth team to discuss the wide range of innovative support programs we can offer.

BUSINESS EVENTS TOOLKIT

Business Events Australia, the specialist division of Tourism Australia, has released a new toolkit of resources for the local business events industry.

The initiative is part of a broader recovery strategy to aid the industry following the ongoing impact of COVID-19, offering event organisers, venues and other stakeholders free access to a range of marketing assets. The collateral can be used in event bids and pitch presentations as well as across social media channels and other promotional platforms.

A dedicated Business Events Australia folder is now part of Tourism Australia’s online resource portal, featuring 30 and 60 second video vignettes, maps, a social media guide, logos and marketing collateral promoting key Australian business event destinations. There’s also a social media guide and information plus fact sheets on funding programs. https://resources.australia.com/

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