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.
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 will close 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
The Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) National Business Events Program (NBEP) provides funding to support the recovery of the Queensland Business Events sector by attracting national conferences, conventions, exhibitions and corporate events, with a view to drive economic activity and increase visitation to the State.
Who can apply?
Applicants may apply for funding between $17,500 and $95,000 (excluding GST) based on $50 per in-person delegation attending a two-day Event, or $100 per in-person delegate attending an Event with a minimum duration of three days.
For more info and to apply visit download this flyer.
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.
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 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.
In addition to the support available from Brisbane EDA, Tourism & Events Queensland have also launched a National Business Events Program to support business events in Queensland. Pending meeting the criteria, events could be eligible for both funds should they select Brisbane as the conference destination by 30 June 2021. Please note that the clients/PCO will need to apply directly to TEQ for this support. Further details on this support, along with a link to the Smarty Grants application can be found here – https://teq.queensland.com/events/events-support/business-events.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW SOUTH WALES
Business event organisers have until 31 May 2021 to apply for a cash incentive of up to $90,000 in matched funding from the NSW Government for a new business event taking place in Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong between now and 31 December 2021.
Designed to provide urgent financial support for business events venues that have been hard hit by the continuing border closures and social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19, the funding is being offered to event organisers to offset venue costs including venue hire and in-house catering and audio visual.
Business event organisers from anywhere in Australia can apply for funding to support new small to medium-sized business events in Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong including, but not limited to, conferences and trade exhibitions ranging from 50 up to 900 people.
The Kickstart 2021 Sydney Business Events Fund is being administered by BESydney in conjunction with Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. For full terms and conditions and to apply go to www.meetinsydney.com.au/offers/.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Business Events Program
Melbourne Convention Bureau’s National Business Events Program is designed to give a helping hand to domestic business event organisers in holding their events in Melbourne.
With a focus on domestic association conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program, funding will be available to offset actual costs for hosting their events in Victoria for up to $25,000.
For more information visit: https://www.melbournecb.com.au/plan-event/
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 email@example.com for more information and services, including bid assistance for national conferences and local government funding.
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
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.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER INCENTIVE
Business Events Perth is offering up to $25,000 to help secure an extraordinary keynote speaker for your 2021 business event. For details of this incentive visit: https://www.businesseventsperth.com/
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/