Government considers extension of the Business Events Grants Program

It comes as Austrade releases the results from the $50 million program.

More than 1,500 applicants have been awarded funding to support their participation in business events, according to results from the $50 million Business Events Grants Program.

Announced in September 2020, the funding was designed to boost attendance and participation at business events by providing financial assistance to delegates and exhibitors.

According to the latest update from Austrade, the program received 1,729 eligible applications requesting a total of more than $56 million in funding.

Austrade said the full $50 million was exhausted, with more than 1,500 applicants successfully awarded grants.

Austrade says the Federal Government is now considering next steps regarding the program, including “eligible applicants who did not receive funding due to the program allocation being exhausted and potential new applications under a program extension”.

Government considers next steps

Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) chief executive Claudia Sagripanti and Talk2 Media & Events CEO Matt Pearce were recently involved in a Q&A with Austrade on the results of the program.

Sagripanti said while they are waiting to receive the final report on the program, the need for continued government support is still crucial.

“The grants were heavily oversubscribed, indicating the high level of need and interest – and the industry is going back to government with a request for continued support,” she said.

The Business Events Grants Program was divided into two phases.

The first phase saw business events owners submit an expression of interest to have their event included in the Schedule of Approved Business Events.

Phase two then invited delegates and exhibitors to apply for grants to meet up to 50 per cent of the cost of them participating at pre-approved business events, between $5,000 and $250,000.

An update on the program’s extension is set to be made soon.

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One thought on “Government considers extension of the Business Events Grants Program

  1. Curious that a B2C organise would be involved in these discussions when it was a B2B program, but well done for pushing the cause. The program was definitely a success for those events who were eligible. However it needs to be extended through all of 2022 and with significantly more funding, They government also needs to lower the minimum and maximum spend to spread it amongst smaller exhibitors.

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