Financial Support for Associations & Not For Profit Organisations - Meet Belfast

£1m Belfast and Northern Ireland Conference Support Scheme

To support tourism recovery, Tourism Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Visit Belfast have launched a major scheme to help associations to host their conference and meetings in Belfast.

About the Scheme;

  • Open to not for profit associations bringing a minimum of 100 out-of-state delegates for at least one night
  • Awards of £5,000 – £100,000 available
  • Funding will be determined based on the number of attendees in-person (£50 per out-of-state delegate)
  • 75% of funding can be claimed in advance of the event with 25% claimed after a successful post event evaluation
  • Applications can be made now for conferences taking place from 2023 – 2030

Funding will be provided for spend against eligible costs such as:

  • Venue costs (including AV, technical and hybrid costs)
  • Exhibition marketing
  • Pre-conference marketing costs
  • Delegate transfer costs
  • Speaker costs

*Please note: Out of state delegates refer to those attending the conference from outside of Northern Ireland. Virtual delegates do not qualify for financial support.

Here to Help

The Business Tourism Team at Visit Belfast are available to assist you with your application. For support and to submit your completed form, please email or call us on + 44 28 90 239026

Download Application Form Below

File Type Size Date
Belfast and NI Conference Support Scheme Application 3 MB | 23 November 2022 PDF 3 MB 23 November 2022

Awards will be made based on the number of attendees (£50 per out of state delegate) as illustrated below.

 Out of state delegates are those from outside of Northern Ireland and staying for a minimum of one night.


Number of out of state delegates

Funding available for application

100 £5,000
150 £7,500
200 £10,000
300 £15,000
400 £20,000
450 £22,500
500 £25,000
600 £30,000
700 £35,000
800 £40,000
900 £45,000
1000 £50,000
1200 £60,000
1500 £75,000
1800 £90,000
2000 £100,000* * maximum award available


Conference Support Flow Chart

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