The Andrews Labor Government has opened the National Business Events Program to support the business events sector and boost the number of interstate visitors to Melbourne, now open to applications for grants of up to $25,000.
The program is being administered by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, tradeshows, workshops and seminars. Up to 50 per cent of funding will be payable before the event commences to minimise upfront expenses for organisers.
To be eligible for funding, events must have a minimum two-day program and attract at least 150 in-person delegates, with 30 per cent or more of patrons coming from interstate. Other eligibility criteria include:
- Have a minimum two-day business event program (with one-night stay).
- Be a business to business (B2B) national event
- Be held prior to 31 December 2022.
- Venue cannot be contracted
Further information on eligibility criteria are in the Guidelines, which I have attached for your reference. To apply, go here: https://www.melbournecb.com.au/plan-event/national-business-events-program/.
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