Up front grant funding for exhibitors, sponsors and others participating in “business events” including exhibitions, trade fairs, conferences and conventions.
The incentive is that eligible businesses will receive funding based on their planned participation at business events in Australia up to 31 March 2022.
The grant is 50% of your planned expenses – you must pay the other 50% from your own funds (not from other grants). Grants of between $5,000 and $250,000 for participating in business events through to 31 March 2022.
Applications are open only until 30 June 2021, or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.
On 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grants program and changes to the program guidelines.
The first step is to determine whether your business is eligible – below are the key requirements (without the legalistic language and detail – we can talk that through with you).
You intend to participate in one or more “approved events” up to March 2022 – there are a list of these, and many trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences that have a trade element bringing together buyers and sellers have been approved.
Participation will assist your business do one or more of;
Your total expenditure will be at least $10,000
Your business aligns with a government policy sector and that sector will benefit
Have an ABN
For conferences and seminars at the business event.
TIP: For exhibitors this is capped at a maximum of 10 people – staff and / or customers. For non exhibitors cap is 4 registrations per event.
Reasonable domestic travel and accommodation for delegates and exhibitors.
TIP: Limited to Economy airfares and government guidelines.
Marketing material, brochures, advertising (in event guides and external media); reaching out to meet buyers at the show; etc.
Including a digital campaign (social media etc) and the set up display and design of AV material – but capped at 50% of your eligible non collateral costs.
To get equipment, displays and samples to the event; storage etc.
TIP: Includes insurance costs.
For networking events, including on your stand.
Handed out / consumed at the event.
To run a covid safe stand.
Time is short to get a quality application lodged, containing all eligible costs across perhaps many events you plan to exhibit at or sponsor this year. We have over 20 years experience with the EMDG export grant, which is also under the Austrade umbrella. We provide a full service through to signing of the grant agreement and receipt of grant monies
On the best approach for your business to access the Business Event Grant.
Identify the key documents needed and prepare a quality application.
Stand alongside you, to get acceptance of items claimed.
We work on a pure success fee. No hourly rates, no charge for advice. Our experienced team is located across Australia, contact us to find out whether you are eligible and how much you may be entitled to. Contact us directly or let us know a day and time to call you.
Application is online through a portal – you can apply yourself or have an Advisor like ourselves take on the task.
Yes, you can submit a group application, with one of you as lead; or you could apply in your own right if you have enough eligible costs or more events planned.
30 June 2021, but beware that;
No, but it is evaluated – so it is important to put forward your best submission on satisfying all the criteria including marketplace diversification, alignment with government priority sectors etc.
No, there is no restriction relating to size or turnover.
Indications are 5 to 7 weeks after submitting your Application.
Shortly after signing the grant agreement.
Those paid prior to 4 January 2021; costs not directly related to the event; capital items; general business and operating costs; and some items that do relate to the event but are excluded, such as meals and ground transport. Check with us for more detail.
No, but you can claim for (independent) contractors’ costs, including those engaged to provide services on your stand (such as a Chef for a food show or casual staff / assistants to hand out samples, marketing collateral etc).
The grant will fund 50% of your airfares (economy class) and reasonable accommodation but NOT your meals and taxis, Uber etc.
Yes these are eligible.
Once you sign the grant agreement you can seek to vary your projects but NOT increase the total grant value.
No – so long as you spend it as approved, and you provide the reports and proof of expenditure as required in the grant agreement.
The grant monies will fund the non refundable costs – in an order of priority set out in the agreement.
The grant money stays with you until the new event date, so long as that is by 31 December 2022.
No, you can only claim additional costs paid during this year.
The government website or the phone enquiry line – or call us.