Trailblazer Grant: Frequently Asked Questions - Choose Brisbane


Trailblazer Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a Lord Mayor's Convention Trailblazer Grant?

Applicants must meet the Grant eligibility criteria stated in the Grant prospectus and listed on the Grant website.

When is the application deadline?

Applications open on Wednesday, 16 October, 2019 and will close on Sunday, 12 January, 2020.

What are the key dates for the judging process?

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Monday, 3 February, 2020. An interview time will be arranged for February 2020. The successful recipients will be announced 2020.

How do I submit my application?

The application process is entirely online here.

Applicants can save the online application and return to complete it later. Word limits do apply to certain sections and will be clearly stated in the online application.

Are all sections of the application equally weighted?

All sections are important and are weighted accordingly to the level of detail expected in each section.

How many Grants are available and for what amount?

Up to $30,000 worth of grants will be awarded, with a maximum value of $5,000 excluding GST per grant. Only one Grant will be awarded per nominated conference.

I live/work outside the Brisbane City Council boundary, but can I still apply?

Applicants must live within, or work for an organisation located within, the Brisbane Regional Tourism Organisation boundary, which includes the local council areas of Brisbane (including Moreton Island), Logan, Moreton Bay, Redlands (including North Stradbroke Island), Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Somerset and Scenic Rim. If you are unsure whether you reside or work in an eligible region, you can visit the Queensland Place Names Search at and search for your suburb name, filtering by “Suburb”. This will identify which local government area your suburb sits within.

Which sectors are eligible for consideration for a Trailblazer Grant?

Brisbane Economic Development Agency encourages applicants from all industries.

I have previously applied for a convention bureau grant. Can I re-apply?

If you have previously applied for a similar Grant from another convention bureau or equivalent organisation, you must disclose this in the relevant section of your application, including whether you were successful or unsuccessful on that occasion.

Why are association conferences only being considered, rather than corporate conferences?

As part of the Brisbane 2022 New World City Action Plan, Brisbane EDA is committed to consistently earning a top 50 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranking. To achieve this ranking, Brisbane EDA must increase the number of international association conferences that choose Brisbane as their host destination. Corporate conferences are not listed by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and will not be considered for the Trailblazer Grant, however Brisbane EDA can assist in other ways with securing corporate conferences.

Do I need to bid for this conference to be held in Brisbane?

Brisbane EDA, in partnership with its members, will coordinate the bidding process, however the applicant would be required to assist in the process. The applicant does not necessarily need to lead the bid but will be expected to provide industry information and connections to local contacts and organisations that can assist in the bidding opportunity for Brisbane. A close connection with relevant national organisations and contacts internationally is highly desirable.

Do I need to spend the Grant this year?

The Grant must be used before the end of the 2020/2021 financial year. Recipients travel would need to occur between 1 June 2020 and 30 June 2021. 

I have been unsuccessful, or do not wish to apply for a Grant, but my organisation would like to bid for a conference to come to Brisbane. What support is available to assist our bid?

Brisbane EDA offers a personalised service whereby a dedicated advisor with local expertise is able to assist in tailoring a conference proposal to specifically meet your needs.

To support local host organisations to bring a conference to Brisbane, the Business Events team can:

  • Project manage the bidding process, providing advice and direction on the process;
  • Bring a wealth of experience in preparing tailored proposals and bid presentations;
  • Secure support from local government and industry;
  • Assist in the development of lobbying strategies to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome;
  • Secure venues and suppliers, and obtain competitive quotes;
  • Provide support at site inspections; and
  • Assist with Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) tender and selection process.

Brisbane EDA is well placed to guide you through every stage of the bidding process with the best possible service. If you have a conference in mind, please contact the Business Events team.

Full terms and conditions of the Trailblazer Grant can be viewed here.

Still have some questions about the Lord Mayor's Convention Trailblazer Grant? Contact the Brisbane EDA Business Events team.