BESydney urges planners to apply for second round of events fund

Events organisers can apply for up to $60,000 in matched funding for business events, with applications closing at the end of April.

As business confidence and the desire to reconnect in person continues to build across Australia, the second round of applications for the New South Wales Government’s Accelerate Sydney Business Events Fund are open now until Friday 29 April 2022. 

Designed to stimulate the return of business events across Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, the fund offers organisers up to $60,000 in matched funding for business events held between July 2022 and June 2023.

Applications are open to organisers of B2B conferences, conventions, symposia, congresses, seminars, training courses and trade exhibitions to offset venue costs to the organiser. Applicants can be based anywhere in the country, as long as their business event will take place over at least one full day in an eligible venue in Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Wollongong.

Urging businesses to apply, BESydney chief executive officer Lyn Lewis-Smith highlighted the role that business events play to bring life back to our cities.

“Business events generate knowledge exchange and deliver invaluable in-person connections and inspiration that continue well beyond the immediate experience, the lack of which I’m sure we have all felt over the last two years,” Lewis-Smith said.

“Business events have a significant role to play to drive economic recovery for the prosperity of Sydney, NSW and Australia as we repair and rebuild; and we’re incredibly pleased to support businesses to play their part. No matter where you’re based in Australia, the Accelerate program provides a great incentive for you to book your next COVID Safe business meeting in Sydney and the surrounding cities.”

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