On 11 September 2020 the Australian Government announced it would provide $50 million to create the Business Events Grants program. This assistance is part of the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund which is providing assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.

The Business Events Grants program will support Australian businesses by providing grants between $10,000 and $250,000. Grant funding will cover up to 50 per cent of costs incurred in participating at pre-approved business to business events as buyers or sellers during the 2021 calendar year. Eligible costs could include space hire, design and manufacture, travel or accommodation. The pre-approved business events will be listed on the Schedule of Approved Business Events.

An expression of interest (EOI) for event owners to apply to have their event included on the Schedule of Approved Business Events is now open. This will then enable eligible businesses to apply for a grant to attend your business event.

We encourage you to submit your EOI by 11:59PM, 30 November 2020 to ensure your event can be considered for the Schedule when the Program opens in mid-December.

EOIs will remain open through to 26 February 2021 but may be closed earlier to manage demand on the Program or if all Program funds are committed.


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Expressions of interest open until: