The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) has initiated the Linkage Grant Program to assist in the professional and personal development of individuals by funding their attendance at a national or international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. The grant covers travel, accommodation and registration expenses to the maximum value of the award.
Such an opportunity allows the individual to travel, broaden their knowledge and experience and link with international colleagues within their profession. This is not only of personal benefit, but professionally for the recipient, their university or association and the wider Gold Coast Community.
To be eligible to win a GCCEC Linkage Grant simply research an international conference that has the potential to be held at the GCCEC and follow the application guidelines and criteria provided.
Applications are now open!
How do I apply for a grant?
Applicants must complete Part A: GCCEC Linkage Grant Application form and submit to the Centre for pre-approval against the selection criteria. Once the conference is approved Part B Application Questions must be addressed and a written submission completed and provided to the GCCEC prior to the deadline of 31 March 2018.
Who is eligible to apply for the professional development grants in the GCCEC Linkage Grant Program?
Professional and academic staff in Queensland and the Northern Rivers are eligible to apply for the professional development grants, provided their application meets the selection criteria.
Why does the GCCEC provide these grants?
The GCCEC identifies the importance of personal and professional development and through the provision of these grants provides individuals the opportunity to link with an international conference within their chosen field of endeavour. The program also provides the Centre an opportunity to identify international conferences that have the potential to be held in Australia and on the Gold Coast in the future.
Do I need to participate in the bid process for the conference I am applying for through the GCCEC Linkage Grant Program?
Yes, a requirement of the grant is that the recipient be an active part of the bid process. This can encompass being a chair-person, co-chair person or a member of the local bidding committee. The GCCEC will work with you to bid for the conference to be held on the Gold Coast in the future.
Conditions of Entry
In recognition of the time and commitment required we ask that you seek approval from your line manager (if applicable) prior to submitting an application.
The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Applicants may request feedback on their performance after the winner has been announced. The winners will be required to produce receipts or proof of purchase for expenditure items to be covered whilst attending their nominated conference.
Recipients are required to agree to be included in future collateral and publicity for promotion of the GCCEC Linkage Grant Program.
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