National Forum 2020

Business Event Grant

Government grants for GEA 2021 Forum attendees, exhibitors and sponsors

The Federal Government’s newly established Business Events Grants program will provide grants to attendees, exhibitors and sponsors at pre-approved events held up to 31 December 2021.

GEA 2021 National Forum has been confirmed as an approved business event for the program. 

As a result, companies exhibiting, sponsoring or sending delegates to the GEA 2021 National Forum will be able to receive a grant of up to 50% of eligible costs associated with attending the event provided you book and apply before 30 June 2021.

Grant applications close at 5pm (AEDST) on 30 June 2021 or earlier if funding is exhausted.  So if your company is planning to send people to the Forum, it should make all required bookings and submit its application soon otherwise it might miss out on the grants.

View the GEA 2021 National Forum program here.

Program guidelines

The Australian Government has announced a total of $50 million in 2020-21 for the program.

The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible expenditure (grant percentage).

  • The minimum grant amount is $5,000.

You can apply for multiple events per application or submit multiple applications for events. 

For further information on the grant program guidelines please visit

Want to apply for the grant? next steps…

This grant scheme is managed by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Grant applications are now open through and close at 5pm (AEDST) on 30 June 2021 or earlier if funding is exhausted.  

Please be aware that on 11 March 2021, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grants program and changes to the program guidelines. As such, an updated version of the program guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Schedule of Approved Business Events will be published by the end of March. This means that some of the accompanying documents do not reflect these updated program guidelines.  GEA will continue to update Members as these documents are amended.

Important documents 

Business Events Grant program eligible expenditure 

Business Events Grant opportunity guidelines

Business Events Grant sample application form

In the coming days, GEA will make available guidance for Members and Associates to assist when completing their grant application form.

For more information

Click below for more information on the Business Events Grant Program.

The Business Events Grant Program

Any enquiries about this grant program, application process or program guidelines should be directed to by calling 13 28 46.  

If you require further assistance with your grant application regarding the GEA 2021 National Forum, please contact the GEA Secretariat at +61 2 6176 3100 or Mr Dhammith Abeysuriya at