24-25 Jul 2024

AWRE exhibitors eligible to cover costs as part of $50M Australian Business Events Grants Program

Mar 12, 2021

Australian Business Events Grants Program Deadline Extended & Criteria Updated

The Australian Government announced an extension to the Business Events Grants program and changes to the program eligibility. The following changes have been announced:

  • The minimum grant amount will be reduced to $5,000 (from $10,000) to allow smaller businesses the opportunity to apply.
  • The application deadline has been extended to 30 June 2021.

Read more of the program changes.

What does this mean for you?

AWRE is an approved event on the program, meaning you are eligible to apply for upfront grants to cover up to 50% of the costs associated with exhibiting.

The changes to the program means that your investment required has halved, reduced to $10,000 (was $20,000). The total expenditure may appear to be out of reach at first glance, but when you break it down, it is not. There are other expenses that can be applied apart from the cost of your stand, this includes freight and logistics, samples, printing, flights, accommodation as well as digital advertising and sponsorship. Furthermore, you are also able to combine the exhibition costs of more than one approved event to assist in reaching the expenditure.

Start your application here.

Questions about the grants?

Please contact the Business Grants Hub directly by phone on 13 28 46 or email [email protected]

Ready to book your stand?

The AWRE team is ready to work with you on a tailored package to meet your budget and objectives. Contact us today.


We are excited to announce that AWRE has been listed on the Schedule of Approved Events on the Austrade program website as part of the Australian Business Events Grants Program with applications now open to all AWRE exhibitors. 

AWRE exhibitors are now eligible to apply for upfront grants, under the Australian Business Events Grants Program. You are encouraged to attend approved business events such as AWRE within Australia through grants to help cover up to 50% of the costs associated with exhibiting such as the hire of exhibition spaces, the design and manufacture of displays, travel and accommodation. 

Should AWRE be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, then the non-refundable amount (as identified in the program guidelines) will be entirely met by the Australian Government.  

“With many international trade shows out of reach for the time being, making it less expensive and easier for regional businesses to attend events in Australia will also present new opportunities to connect with and secure new customers,” the Deputy Prime Minister said. 

”We are delighted that AWRE has been listed on the Schedule of Approved Events, it underlines the significance this event has in the calendar for the waste and recycling,” David Longman, MD, Diversified Communications said

Live events are hugely important to the economy and the waste and recycling community, to come together, trade, network and hear from industry thought leaders. We welcome the Business Events Grant Program, as a mechanism whereby our customers can apply to cover up to half their costs in participating at AWRE. We encourage our customers to undertake the application process as soon as they can, to give themselves the best chance of receiving funding.”  

 Funding will only be provided for Exhibitors and business delegates attending events such as AWRE or more listed on the Schedule such as Integrate, Security Expo, Fine Food Australia, Naturally Good and foodpro.

For further grant details, click here.

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