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
On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grants program and changes to the program guidelines.
- The minimum grant amount will be reduced to $5,000 (from $10,000) to allow smaller businesses the opportunity to apply.
- Extending the support for events scheduled through to 31 March 2022 to allow events that were postponed early 2021 the opportunity to benefit from the program.
- Increasing the number of delegates covered by the grant.
- Increasing the sponsorship cap.
- Expanding the priority sectors.
- Applications for the grant will be extended to 30 June 2021. Expression of Interest (EOIs) for event owners to have their event included on the Schedule of Approved Business Events will also re-open early April.
- An updated version of the program guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Schedule of Approved Business Events will be published by end of March.
Tourism Australia – Business Events Boost Program to aid Domestic Recovery.
Applications for a new domestic partnership program to support industry-led business events marketing and distribution projects will open 1 July.
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.email@example.com
NEW SOUTH WALES
From 6 April 2021, $5.5 million in funding will be made available to support business events, conferences and conventions across Greater Sydney and NSW, as part of a major COVID-19 response package designed to encourage people back into the Sydney CBD in particular, and support jobs in the accommodation, entertainment, and tourism and business event sectors.
Full funding program details will be released by BESydney on 6 April on www.meetinsydney.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
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/