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Business Events Grant

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: 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.

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Tourism & Events

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grant – Stream 1

Funder:  Federal – Austrade

Grant Background: The Australian Government announced $76 million for rebuilding Australian Tourism in bushfire affected regions to protect jobs, small businesses and local economies by helping get tourists travelling into bushfire affected regions. Austrade is administering the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants as part of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency initiative, a $10 million grants program.

Stream 1 will support smaller-scale events (including the promotion of these events), concerts, festivals and/or other visitor attractions such as art installations and tourist walks. Applicants may apply for more than one grant in this stream,

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Business

Business Events Boost Programme

Funder:  Tourism Australia

Grant Background: Tourism Australia’s Business Events Boost Program is a domestic partnership program for Australia’s business events industry.

The program provides funding and expertise to industry-led marketing and distribution projects which help restart business events in Australia, to support industry recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Projects must demonstrate the potential to influence domestic decision makers of existing business events or assist in the conversion of new domestic business events. Applications must relate to corporate meetings or incentives, conferences, exhibitions or association meetings.

The Business Events Boost Program will support activity including:

  • Content creation and collateral including video and still photography
  • Marketing assets for domestic bidding and for the conversion of new national events
  • Unique and strategic delegate boosting initiatives
  • Digital marketing activity including social media or website enhancements
  • Communication activity such as direct mail, microsites, public relations activity or editorial coverage
  • Media buy and marketing campaigns with amplification strategies
  • Virtual reality and online site inspections
  • Podcasts and audio interview series
  • Qualified distribution and business development activity

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Community, Rural & Regional

Strengthening Rural Communities

Funder:  Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Grant Background: The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs.  Given the events of summer 2019/20, it has also been expanded to offer funding to support recovery in bushfire-affected communities.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and designed to be able to help communities address different needs and opportunities, as and when they emerge.

A broad range of charitable projects are considered under this program, including:

  • Delivering, or providing activities, events, programs and services;
  • Purchasing or hiring equipment and materials;
  • Community infrastructure projects;
  • Organisational capacity building;
  • Community resource development.

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Community

Celebrating Diversity Grants

Funder:  NSW – Multicultural

Grant Background:  There are two categories of grants under the Celebrating Diversity Grants Program:

1. Celebrating Diversity: Events

Each year the NSW calendar is filled with events that celebrate our cultural diversity.  Festivals and events bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for Celebrating Diversity: Events.

Applicants are eligible to receive grant funding to cover up to 20% of the total event budget up to the amount of $10,000 annually.

2. Celebrating Diversity: Projects. (This grant is currently closed, but keep your eye open for future rounds).

Community harmony happens when communities from diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds work together on projects that make a difference.

Grants of up to $40,000 are available for 12-month projects than can make a lasting positive impact on social cohesion at the grassroots level.

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NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund

Funder:  Destination NSW

Grant Background: The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for Regional NSW and to support new business event initiatives aimed at enriching the events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions while helping secure successful conferences and business events for their future.

The four streams of the program are:

  1. Creation of a New Business Event
  2. Attraction of an Existing Business Event
  3. Support for an Existing Business Event
  4. Support for a Business Event Project

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