National Business Events Program

NATIONAL BUSINESS EVENTS PROGRAM

Victoria’s National Business Events Program is designed to give a helping hand to domestic business event organisers in holding their events in Victoria.

With a focus on domestic association conferences, trade exhibitions, workshops and seminars, as well as corporate meetings and incentive group events with a business event program, funding is available to offset actual costs for hosting their events in Victoria.

There are two funding streams available – for events to be held in Melbourne  and for events held in regional Victoria.

Applications are now open. Grants are available for a limited time with applications closing 31 December 2021, or when available funding is exhausted if sooner. Apply now by clicking the button below.

Funding Support Available

For events to be held in Regional Victoria

The regional arm of the program supported by Business Events Victoria, will provide funding to event organisers for hosting new business events held in regional Victoria.

The program provides eligible event organisers funding up to $25,000 to support actual costs for hosting their event in regional Victoria, including accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs.

  • Grants up to $10,000 for business events with up to 700 delegate days and at least 40 percent of delegates using local accommodation.*
  • Grants up to $25,000 for business events with more than 700 delegates days and at least 40 percent of delegates using local accommodation.*

*Delegates day is the number of delegates multiplied by number of event days

Successful applicants receiving less than $10,000 will receive funding after the event. Successful applications receiving $10,000 and over will receive 50 per cent payable before the event commences to support upfront expenses.

Eligibility and Mandatory Criteria – Regional Victorian Business Events

All submissions to the National Business Event Program – Regional Victoria will be assessed against mandatory criteria. Before submitting your applications, please ensure you have reviewed and addressed your events eligibility.

The business event must:

  • Be attended by at least 25 in-person delegates, virtual participants cannot be included.
  • Have a minimum two-day business event program (with a least one-night stay and at least 1.5 days meeting/program component, with travel times outside the 1.5 days).
  • Be a business to business (B2B) regional, state or national event. Corporate incentive events must include a gala/awards dinner and/or business events program.
  • The event must generate a minimum of 20 room nights, or at least 40 per cent of total delegates requiring the use of local accommodation, whichever is the greater.
  • Be held prior to 31 December 2023. Events must not be scheduled to take place within 8 weeks of the application date.
  • The event must take place at a regional Victorian business event venue or venues**  and has not yet been contracted.

** (Refer to National Business Event Program – Regional Victoria Guidelines for  list of eligible Local Government Areas)

For further details please refer to the National Business Event Program Guidelines – Regional Victoria

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For events to be held in Melbourne

Launched in May and supported by the Melbourne Convention Bureau, the Melbourne events stream of the program provides eligible event organisers funding up to $90,000 to support actual costs for hosting their event in Melbourne, including accommodation, venue hire, transport and other event costs, with 50 per cent payable before the event commences to support upfront expenses.

Multiyear incentive payments are also available – for each year you bring your event to Victoria, more funding will be made available.

  • Grants of up to $25,000 are available to event organisers that commit to holding one meeting in Melbourne
  • Grants of up $57,000 are available to event organisers that commit to holding two meeting rotations in Melbourne
  • Grants of up to $90,000 are available to event organisers that commit to holding three meeting rotations in Melbourne

Eligibility and Mandatory Criteria – Melbourne Business Events

All submissions to the National Business Event Program – Melbourne will be assessed against mandatory criteria. Before submitting your applications, please ensure you have reviewed and addressed your events eligibility.

The business event must:

  • Be attended by at least 150 in-person delegates, virtual participants cannot be included.
  • Have a minimum two-day business event program (with one-night stay).
  • Have a minimum of 30% of delegates who reside outside of Victoria.
  • Be a business to business (B2B) national event
  • Be held prior to 31 December 2023. Events must not be scheduled to take place within 8 weeks of the application date.
  • Venue has not yet been contracted

For further details please refer to the National Business Event Program Guidelines – Melbourne.

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Application Deadlines

*Applications are now open.

Grants are available for a limited time with applications closing 31 December 2021, or when available funding is exhausted if sooner.