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Business Events Funding

The Andrews Labor Government is backing the state’s business events industry with a new funding boost designed to draw conferences and events to Melbourne from interstate.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Mary-Anne Thomas announced on 8 April that the National Business Event Program will soon open to expressions of interests for funding up to $25,000.

The program will be administered by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) with eligible events including conferences, exhibitions, workshops and seminars.

The grants can be used to fund venue hire, accommodation, transport and other event costs to spread the benefits across Victoria’s business events supply chain, with 50 per cent payable before the event commences to minimise any financial risk.

Applications will be open until 30 June 2021 for new event bookings to be held in Melbourne through to December 2022.

Expressions of interest will be directed to info@melbournecb.com.au.