Applications have opened for VisitBritain’s Domestic Support Fund, a new initiative to kick-start the recovery of the UK business events industry.

The £100,000 Domestic Support Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and charities hosting meetings, conferences and events in the UK from June 21 to December 17, 2021. Events from 100 to 500 delegates taking place in the UK are eligible to apply, with the fund opening for bids from June 9, 2021. The financial support available is based on the number of delegates attending with up to £15,000 available for each event.

Applicants have until November to apply with both hybrid and live events eligible.

Nigel Huddleston, Tourism Minister, said: “The importance of business events to regional economies across the UK cannot be understated and the sector will have a vital role to play as we build back better from the pandemic.”I am pleased that the new Domestic Support Fund will help organisations to host meetings, conferences and events again safely and I am grateful to VisitBritain for all their work to boost our brilliant business events sector.”

Sally Balcombe, chief executive of VisitBritain/VisitEngland, said: “We are very pleased to announce the new Domestic Fund which will support a number of UK events and promote our world-class venues and destinations at this important time in the sector’s recovery.

“We are committed to growing business events to the UK and this fund will provide timely and valuable support as the sector works towards reopening and recovery, as well as boosting regional economies.”