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GCCEC Linkage Grant Program

GCCEC Linkage Grant Program

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 an 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.

Linkage Grant applications are now open. Applications will close Monday 30th September 2019. 

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 specified deadline.

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. 

Find out more about our conference and convention services. GCCEC Linkage Grant FAQs.

What Our Clients Say

I have conducted two major formal dinners at GCCEC for approx 700 people each time, the more recent of these being held in March 2015. I am completely satisfied with all aspects of working with GCCEC and their performance in presenting our function. They were completely professional and were willing to do things exactly the way I wanted them done, even meeting some unusual requirements. When I requested to make layout changes only hours before the dinner the request was accommodated immediately and with professional ease. The dinner was an alternate drop three course full service meal with drinks package, and it was without a doubt the best formal dinner I have ever attended. I have managed many similar dinners in the past but this dinner achieved by far the best result, it was the easiest to organise and to then manage on the night. Our GCCEC functions manager was a competent and willing professional who achieved an absolutely flawless event. I am still trying to understand how the catering staff were able to prepare almost 700 perfectly cooked and presented meals and get them to the tables whilst still hot. An excellent event perfectly presented by cheerful and competent professional staff.

Bruce Schmidtchen
Chairman, 5RAR Assoc Inc 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee

We have held our major event, the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF), at the GCCEC on six occasions since it opened in 2004. Through holding our event at the GCCEC we have established a terrific relationship with the venue. Each and every staff member works tirelessly to ensure that our event is run to the highest calibre. Any task, no matter how little or large is undertaken to ensure our expectations are met and our event is delivered successfully.

AIST Events Team

It’s the small things that make such a big difference. My organisation has held its conference annually at GCCEC since 2008, during which I’ve experienced unparalleled service. I continue to be amazed by the dedication, friendliness and professionalism of all staff – be it sales and event management to back of house and floor staff. They know my event inside and out, making the experience seamless. I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every conference I’ve held here!

Marika MacKenzie
Communications Manager, Optometry Queensland Northern Territory

You guys did it again! It is such a pleasure to work with a dedicated, proactive and friendly team. Your can-do attitude, your attention to detail and your willingness to try something new all help to make our lives easier and to keep our event fresh and interesting. Once again, the food was superb and the level of service provided by everyone at the centre was exceptional.

Julie Hood
Director Events Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

There is no doubt that next time we need to be ‘creative’ on the Gold Coast; the GCCEC is the only venue we’d choose. No matter how difficult or unusual our demands prior to the event, nothing proved impossible for you and during the conference your professionalism and attention to detail ensured that everything ran without a hitch enabling us to focus properly on the job in hand. Last, but not least, the catering was superb!

Greg O’Neil
General Manager - Rural Merchandise CRT Rural Supplies