Date/Deadline: 30 Mar, 2021

The Business Events program provides delegates, including buyers and sellers, with financial support to attend and participate at exhibitions, conferences and conventions. The initiative will instill confidence back into the business events sector and encourage businesses to return to the event forum.

Close date: 30 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT.
Application detail: This program is demand driven and will be open until all funding has been allocated.

What do successful applicants get?
Grant funding from $10,000 per entity per application up to a maximum of $250,000.

Who is this for?
Australian businesses including sole traders.

The Business Events Grant program aims to support the event industry including the tourism sector to fund Australian businesses to participate as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events including exhibitions, conferences and conventions from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021. It aims to ease the financial pressure for business event organisers and to incentivise Australian business to participate as buyers/sellers at pre-approved events.

Funding is to support the sustainability of events in government priority areas and to cover the cancellation costs that may occur to planned events due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The objective of the program is to:

– Support delegates that are buying or selling to participate in ‘business events’. Business events includes exhibitions, conferences, and conventions.
– Promote Australian businesses, including to a domestic audience.

The focus of the program is to support the promotion of Australian business capability, including to a domestic audience, bolster supply chain resilience, enhance industry match making opportunities and Australian product and service value add. Events will need to have a trade element that brings together buyers and sellers.

Approved events are listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events on the Austrade program website. The Schedule of Approved Business Events will be updated from time to time as new events will be added once approved. It is therefore important that you check the list at the time you submit your application. A list of eligibility criteria and the application process for the schedule of events, along with the relevant priority sectors will be published on the Austrade program website.

What are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible applicants must have an ABN and be one of the following entities:
– An individual (sole trader).
– A partnership.
– A company, incorporated in Australia.
– An incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust.
– An Industry Association promoting the selling or buying of a product or service on behalf of its members.

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