Support funds to get back on track, or: how you can always count on Brussels!

Support funds to get back on track, or: how you can always count on Brussels!

Tourism operators in the Brussels-Capital Region, managers of tourist, cultural and heritage attractions, actors from the artistic and cultural scenes, event venues, event organisers, ... visit.brussels and the Brussels-Capital Region are here to support you!

Between June and October 2020, five support funds - for a total of €5,000,000 - were available to financially support your short-term customer-centric recovery projects.

These applications for funds and calls for projects closed on Friday, 30 October 2020. It is no longer possible to submit projects for these five funds.

Our teams are continuing to work in the various stages of the recovery plan for the tourism, cultural and events sectors, so vital to our capital.

What was it, for whom, how much, how, when and on what terms? Below is a summary by fund.

These funds were accessible on a case-by-case basis. Each fund had its own eligibility criteria and timetable. Projects meeting the eligibility criteria were processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Only one project could be submitted per fund (with the exception of the Support Fund for congresses, meetings, B2B events), but these different funds could be accumulated (an operator could submit different projects for different funds).

1. Support fund for B2C & B2B events in Brussels

This fund was intended to support Brussels events to meet the expenses related to :

  • hygiene and protective equipment (gloves, masks, alcoholic disinfectant gel, etc),
  • equipment for managing the flow, movement and counting of visitors,
  • costs related to security and/or guarding, stewards, volunteers to apply sanitary measures,
  • costs relating to the implementation of digital touchless ticketing solutions

(€1,500,000 total budget, maximum €25,000 per operator).

FAQ, detailed criteria and link to this call for projects : available in French and Dutch (application deadline: 30 October 2020)

2. Support fund for investments in “touchless” technology

This fund aimed to support the development of "touchless" services to facilitate the reopening of the various attractions and cultural places and thus reassure visitors (total budget EUR 500,000, maximum EUR 10,000 per operator).

FAQ, detailed criteria and link to this call for projects: available in French and Dutch (application deadline: 30 October 2020)

3. Support fund for investments in health and safety related to the “Health & Safety” label

This call for projects aimed to support tourist, cultural and heritage attractions and event venues to equip themselves to acquire the "Health & Safety" label (total budget EUR 500,000, maximum EUR 10,000 per operator).

FAQ, detailed criteria and link to this call for projects: available in French and Dutch (application deadline: 30 October 2020)

4. Support fund for congresses, meetings and B2B events

This call for projects aimed at financially supporting B2B event organisers (at least 200 participants, 2 days, one night in Brussels) by granting them a subsidy to be injected in 2020 for payment of the venue of their event (EUR 2,000,000 total budget, EUR 50,000 maximum per eligible event and 50% of the maximum room rental amount).

FAQ, detailed criteria and link to this call for projects (application deadline: 30 October 2020)

5. Support fund for investments in digital technology  

This fund supported long-term investment in sustainable digital technologies that meet the new expectations of customers and visitors and aim to enrich their experience (EUR 500,000 total budget, maximum EUR 30,000 per operator, 50% of the total investment amount, and 100% of the total amount for the installation of "visit.brussels touch" cultural and tourist information screens).

FAQ, detailed criteria and link to this call for projects: available in French and Dutch (application deadline: 30 October 2020)