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Business Event Sponsorship Program 2022/23

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Business Event Sponsorship

The Business Event Sponsorship Program provides funding to support hosting conferences, exhibitions and other business events.

Sponsorships of up to $10,000 (ex GST) are available.

The business event must occur within the City of Melbourne municipality, and be delivered before 30 June 2023.

City of Melbourne

Our geographic footprint encompasses Docklands, East Melbourne, Fishermans Bend, Jolimont, Kensington, North Melbourne, Melbourne’s central business district, Parkville, South Wharf, West Melbourne and parts of Carlton, Carlton North, Flemington, Port Melbourne, South Yarra and Southbank.

The municipality does not cover the Melbourne metropolitan area. If in doubt about the suburb boundaries check our interactive map at

Please ensure that you have read the guidelines before starting your application.

Eligibility checklist

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following general eligibility criteria:

  • event must occur within the City of Melbourne municipality
  • event to be held before 30 June 2023
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • able to demonstrate financial viability
  • able to maintain for the duration of the event, public liability insurance cover of no less than $20 million which extends to cover any third parties
  • able to demonstrate how City of Melbourne will benefit from the proposal
  • able to demonstrate sustainable business and practices 
  • have no outstanding acquittals or debts to the City of Melbourne

In addition, the Business Event Sponsorship Program will not support:

  • religious organisations
  • international aid appeals
  • foundations that are grant making bodies
  • events receiving financial support from Melbourne Convention Bureau. 
Do you meet all the above eligibility criteria? * Required
If you are unsure, please contact the Business Funding team before progressing any further on or (03) 9658 9658
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