Austrade Business Events Grants



How Does The Business Events Grant Work?

Updated 15th May.

The business event grant was closed at the end of March. It was announced when it was originally closed that it is due to reopen again for three months until the end of June. Austrade have so far received 1729 eligible applications requesting over $56 million in funding. The program’s $50 million in funding has been fully exhausted with more than 1500 applicants awarded funding. All successful applicants have now been advised.

The Australian Government is currently considering options regarding the program including in relation to eligible applicants who did not receive funding due to the program allocation being exhausted as well as potential new applications under a program extension.

An update regarding the Government’s decisions will be made as soon as possible.​​​​​​: Check Here



All information below is from our previous announcement in March:

On 11 September 2020 the Australian Government announced it would establish the $50 million Business Events Grants program. This program is funded under the $1 billion Relief and Recovery Fund which is providing assistance to sectors, regions and communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Sydney Build Expo 2021 has been approved to be part of the Business Events Grants Program. You can download the full list of approved events from Austrade here.

All bookings for exhibition space / sponsorship after 5th January 2021 are eligible to apply for a grant of up to 50% from Austrade.  Details below correct as of 05/01/21.


Application detail:  This program is demand driven and will be closed when all funding has been allocated.

What do you get? The grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenditure (grant percentage). 

  1. The minimum grant amount is $5,000. (Previously the was minimum $10,000 this was reduced by Austrade)
  2. The maximum grant amount is $250,000.

 Who is this for?  Australian businesses including sole traders.

How Do You Apply?

1. Contact Us - Review the floorplan and event brochures. Decide on what you you want to book: exhibition space type,  size, location, sponsorship options etc. Please mention to us that you are looking at applying for the government grant. Click Here To Download Event Brochure & Floorplan

2. Fill Out A Booking Form - You will complete a booking form with us to confirm the booking. At this point you must make us aware if you are applying for government grants. If your application is rejected by Austrade, then we will be able to try and amend the booking or cancel should you not be in a position to proceed. 

3. Apply directly to Austrade by March 30th, click here for full information:  This page outlines the application information you are required to submit. There are 5 key documents at the bottom of this page which we recommend you review. Austrade and associated government departments are wholly responsible for your application and approval and we do not have any input from our side. They will discuss your application and arrange payment of up to 50% as required. Please direct any questions related to this to them.

Need Help Applying?

If you want to increase your chances of success in gaining the grant and/or simply don’t have the time to go through the process, Russell McIntosh from Trade Show Training can help you achieve this.

For $395 + GST, he will perform the following:

  • Talk (via phone/Zoom/etc) to ensure you are eligible and take you through the costs that can be claimed and those that can’t
  • Fill out the application through the Business Events Grants Portal
  • Provide the opportunity for you to review prior to submission of the application
  • Submit the application and keep you informed of its progress


Contact Russell on 0431 334 856 or

Got A Question or Need Help?

Contact The Sydney Build Organiser

We can help discuss the Sydney Build exhibition and answer any questions regarding your booking, including: stand size, stand type, sponsorship ideas, event logistics, marketing, planning, travel arrangements, ticketing:


Phone: 02 8006 7557



We believe this to be a great opportunity to help boost the economy and get companies back to conventions and exhibitions. We hope that you are able to benefit from this grant and sincerely hope we can welcome you to Sydney Build Expo 2021.

See you in November!



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