Updated May 13,  2021 | By Bronwen Largier

With domestic business events subvention funds popping up everywhere – including the latest from Melbourne Convention Bureau on Friday – micenet has put together a handy guide to who is offering what to host events in their destination and where to get more information, to help the industry get back to the business of what we do best.

Who: Melbourne Convention Bureau
The offer: Up to $25,000 per event to offset event costs through their National Business Events Program for events up to December 31, 2022. Up to 50 percent of funding may be paid to organisers prior to event delivery.
The details: Funding will support business events running over two days with a minimum of 150 in-person delegates. At least 30 percent of delegates must be from interstate. Events must be corporate meetings or incentives, conferences, trade exhibitions or association meetings and must be national. Consumer exhibitions are not eligible for funding. Applications close June 30, 2021 or once all funding has been allocated.
Where to find out more: The Melbourne Convention Bureau website.

Who: Business Events Geelong
The offer: $50 per delegate for business events up to 100 pax. The total funding pool is $30,000.
The details: Funding can be used for various event related costs from accommodation, venue hire, transport, hiring a PCO, to photography. Events must be for at least 10 people with at least 30 percent of attendees coming from outside the region. The event must use BE Geelong’s services and be held at a BE Geelong member. Events must be confirmed by June 30, 2021 and delivered prior to December 30, 2021.
Where to find out more: See the Business Events Geelong website.

Who: The NSW Government through Business Events Sydney
The offer: Up to $90,000 per event is available through Kickstart 2021 Sydney Business Events Fund. In total, the NSW government has allocated $5.5 million to directly fund business events.
The details: Single day events are eligible to receive $50 per delegate, while events of two days or more can receive $100 per delegate. Events must have between 50 and 900 in-person delegates and the event organiser must match the government’s contribution. Events of over 900 delegates should discuss other funding options with BESydney. Business events including conferences, corporate retreats, product launches, incentives and training courses are eligible for funding. Applications close on May 31, 2021 or when all funds have been allocated. Events must be held this calendar year in Sydney, Wollongong or Newcastle.
Where to find out more: All the details can be found at meetinsydney.com.au.

Who: Meet in Regional NSW
The offer: Up to $30,000 is available per event, from a total funding allocation of $500,000 as part of the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund.
The details: Up to $15,000 is on offer for events of up to 150 delegates. Events over 150 delegates can receive up to $30,000. Funding will support the creation of new business events hosted in the region, the attraction of an existing business event as well as business events which cycle around regional NSW destinations. Funding is also available for business events projects which support the growth of business events in regional parts of the state. Funding must be matched by the recipient organisation. Applications close on June 11, 2021 or once all funding has been allocated.
Where to find out more: Meet in Regional NSW’s website has all the details.

Who: Business Events Perth
The offer: Up to $25,000 to help secure a keynote speaker for business events held anywhere in Australia in 2021.
The details: Business events with 200 or more delegates and which run over at least three days are eligible. The event must have a track record of least five years face to face and Business Events Perth must be recognised as key partner for the 2021 event. Organisers who take up the funding must bring an international or national event to Perth before 2025, making a booking with a BE Perth member by 31 December 2022. Funding can be used for costs other than the speaker with BE Perth’s approval.
Where to find out more: Full details, including some rather important terms and conditions can be found on the Business Events Perth website.

Who: Business Events Perth
The offer: $30 per delegate to a maximum of $30,000.
The details: You’ve got to be quick to take advantage of this one – events must be held in Western Australia by June 30, 2021. Like Melbourne, eligible events include conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program. This is separate from the just-announced keynote speaker funding above.
Where to find out more: Business Events Perth’s website has all the details.

Who: Brisbane Economic Development Agency
The offer: $50 per in-person delegate for events in Brisbane until December 2022. Funding is to be spent on event costs.
The details: Events must have a minimum duration of three days and be for over 200 in-person delegates. Events must be booked with a Brisbane EDA member by the end of this financial year. The funding program is operating on a first-come-first-served basis, with applications to close by June 30 or earlier if all funds are committed.
Where to find out more: All the details are on the Brisbane EDA website.

Who: Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
The offer: An average of $50 per delegate, with subvention funding granted on a case-by-case basis.
The details: Priority is given to events held in the shoulder season of October-May and the number of in-person delegates is also taken into account.
Where to find out more: Contact Kylie Brand at the bureau on 07 4015 1239 or by email.

Who: Business Events Sunshine Coast in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council
The offer: Funding for business events to be held on the Sunshine Coast (amounts not qualified).
The details: The Sunshine Coast started this funding program in 2017, a long time before COVID-19 had everyone turning to domestic business. Eligible business events must have a minimum of 200 delegates with 75 percent coming from outside of the Sunshine Coast. The event must be held wholly within the Sunshine Coast Council area and, like other funds, priority will be given to the region’s high value industries.
Where to find out more: Business Events Sunshine Coast’s website has all the details and the application form.

Who: Mackay Regional Council
The offer: Up to $75,000 per event through the Council’s Invest Mackay Events and Conference Attraction Programs
The details: Another long-running program. Business events with 50 percent of attendees coming from outside the region are favoured for funding. Expressions of interest should be submitted at least six months in advance of the event.
Where to find out more: Full details including comprehensive guidelines can be found on the Mackay Regional Council website.

Who: Northern Territory Business Events
The offer: $100 per delegate to be spent on local event costs through the NT Business Events Support Fund.
The details: To qualify, business events must have a minimum of 80 percent of delegates attending the event from outside the Northern Territory. Events which align with the Territory’s industry sectors will be given priority.
Where to find out more: Full details and an application form can be found on the Northern Territory Business Events website.

Who: Business Events Tasmania
The offer: Up to $150 per delegate through Tasmania’s Business Events Attraction Fund.
The details: The bureau offers funding for both delegate boosting support and business event sponsorship. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis focussing on the economic return for the state.
Find out more: Call the bureau for more information on (03) 6231 1366 or send them an email.

Have we missed one? Email us to let us know about any other domestic subvention funds we should include.

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