The 2021 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE2021) has qualified for a Business Events Grant with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
The Business Events Grant program provides Australian business matched funding, of between $5000 to $250,000, to meet eligible costs to support their participation as buyers or sellers at pre-approved business events from 1 January 2021 to 31 March 2022.
MICE2021 exhibitors must apply for the grant by 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time on 30 June 2021.
“The last year has been an unpredictable one, but the Business Events Grant can provide a level of reassurance and funding to businesses wanting to take part in MICE2021,” says MICE Director Lauren Winterbottom.
“MICE2021 being added to the Schedule of Approved Business Events demonstrates the value the event – and wider coffee industry – provides to the local market and economy.”
MICE2021 exhibitors can submit applications if:
- their attendance at an approved event (like MICE2021) will assist them to do one or more of the following:
- develop marketplace diversification (particularly to the domestic market)
- improve supply chain value and resilience for the Australian economy
- enhance their ability to pivot to new markets
- support Australia’s regional economy
- their business aligns with a government priority sector and the sector benefits from your attendance and participation in the event
- they have a minimum of $10,000 in total eligible project expenditure
- where they can provide evidence from their board (or chief executive officer or equivalent if there is no board) that the project is supported, and that they can complete the project and meet the costs of the project not covered by grant funding. The evidence of support template must be used and is available on business.gov.au and GrantConnect.
If an event is postponed due to COVID-19 then Business Events Grant funding will remain with the applicant for use until the time of the event being re-scheduled, until 31 December 2022.
If an event is cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19, then the grant will be used to fund the non-refundable costs up to the value of the grant. Non-refundable costs for exhibit hire and event registration will be prioritised to the event organiser and any remaining non-refundable costs for eligible activities to the grant applicant.