Trailblazer Grant offers $5k to help bring conferences to Brisbane

Trailblazer Grant

The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant has opened with industry leaders, professionals and researchers in Brisbane being urged to apply to help attract new business events to the city.

An initiative of Brisbane Economic Development Agency, successful applicants receive up to $5,000 to attend a leading international conference of their choice with the aim of securing the event in Brisbane for a future year.

“Brisbane is fast becoming the destination of choice for events, with conventions and business conferences a key part of the city’s visitor economy,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

“Through this program, Brisbane can collaborate with our city’s most talented, connected, and knowledgeable professionals to support our business events pipeline and help secure future events across industries.

“I encourage all professionals to learn more about our Trailblazer Grant program and see how they can create a positive impact on their industries, increase skills and knowledge, and help Brisbane flourish.”

Launched in 2017, the Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant has generated a solid pipeline of future business event opportunities for the city, including six conference wins to date, valued at almost $9 million in economic impact for Brisbane.

Former recipient, cultural psychologist Dr Jaimee Stuart, encouraged others to apply for the grant.

“When I applied for the Trailblazer Grant, I was looking at ways to grow the cultural psychologies sector in Brisbane, to encourage others to have a voice in this space, and to connect colleagues to the excellent national and international work in this area,” Dr Stuart said.

“The grant allowed me to take a unique and courageous approach, with the support of BEDA and its network. I never envisioned that the grant would take me on the path that it did; bidding for two conferences and securing them to be held jointly for the first time in Brisbane.”

Applications for the 2023/24 Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant close at midnight on 25 February 2024.