NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund
Applications for the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund are currently closed.
What is the NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund?
The NSW Regional Business Event Development Fund is designed to help stakeholders create, attract and support exciting business events for regional NSW and to support new business event infrastructure projects. The Fund aims to enrich these business events with opportunities offered by iconic towns and regions, while helping secure successful conferences and events for regional NSW.
The two streams of the program are:
Creation, attraction and/or support for a business event – to encourage towns and regions to create their own new conferences and business events or assist rural and regional NSW to secure conferences, business events and major expos. Funds must be used to drive increased visitation for the event.
Support for a business event project – to support small-medium scale infrastructure projects designed specifically to support the growth of business events in a destination in regional NSW.
What level of funding is available?
Grant funding (from a pool of $750,000 excluding GST) will be available as per individual event or business event project guidelines below:
Up to $15,000 (ex GST) for a business event with up to 150 delegates (projected attendance)
Up to $30,000 (ex GST) for a business event with over 150 delegates (projected attendance)
Up to $50,000 (ex GST) for a business event infrastructure project where the venue can accommodate up to 250 delegates
Up to $100,000 (ex GST) for a business event infrastructure project where the venue can accommodate more than 250 delegates
Funding is to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the applicant. The final amount of funding offered to a successful applicant will be determined by the assessment panel based on information provided in the application.
Each application will be assessed on a competitive basis using comprehensive scoring criteria to determine successful events and projects.
Who can apply for funding?
The Fund is open to local government, local tourism organisations, convention organisers, chambers of commerce, business events industry operators, industry associations, sole traders, corporations and professional conference organisers looking to host a business event or deliver a new business event project in one of the seven NSW Destination Networks.
Political parties are ineligible to apply.
For more information regarding eligible Local Government Areas, please refer to the Destination Network Boundaries Map, effective 1 July 2022.
Who will administer the Fund?
Destination NSW will administer the Fund and the assessment of grant applications. Destination NSW will make payments against the achievement of milestones, to be mutually agreed.
Terms and Conditions
Applicants are encouraged to read the assessment criteria and funding terms and conditions before beginning their application. Please read the funding Terms and Conditions here.
For more information
For more information regarding the Fund please view the Regional Business Event Development Fund Factsheet.
For any further questions, please contact the Destination NSW Regional Conferencing Unit via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9931 1111.