Tap Grants (Tradeshow Access Programme)

Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering support to businesses taking part as exhibitors at overseas trade exhibitions.

What is it?

Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering support to businesses taking part as exhibitors at overseas trade exhibitions being held between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, within the VisitBritain Exhibiting space.

VisitBritain, on behalf of DIT, will be collecting applications for TAP Grants for the following DIT Approved Events below:





Application deadline

Destination Britain China 2019


25-28 November 2019

5 weeks before the event

Am I eligible?

DIT funds are aiming to make something happen that would not happen otherwise. The Grant is therefore NOT intended for businesses that are already committed to taking part in the exhibition.

Grants support can be requested up to a total of six (6) occasions, starting from 1 April 2009. If you are unsure whether you have already collected 6 grants, please contact events@visitbritain.org.

Applicants already in receipt of third party grant funding to attend your listed trade show cannot also apply to TAP (e.g. Discover England Fund projects are NOT eligible for TAP Grants).

Who can apply?

To be eligible for a grant you must:

  • be based in the UK (excluding Isle of Man or the Channel Islands) and be interested in promoting your UK based tourism product under the VisitBritain exhibition space and channels ( therefore be accepted to be one of the UK Suppliers Exhibitors).
  • Be a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) which is defined as an entity engaged in economic activity with less than 250 employees, and an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43 million (known as a ‘category (i’)’ eligible organisation)
  • Be a business or organisation with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of between £83,000 and £5 million (known as a ‘category (ii)’ eligible organisation)
  •  - We aim to have at least 75% to 85% of participants that fall within the definition of category (ii) above as measured across the whole 2019-20 programme of TAP supported events.
  • Be a UK university, UK government funded centre of higher or further learning or UK government funded research organisation
  • Wish to grow exports in up to six countries in the EU, or beyond the EU Single Market
  • Be a new exporter (exports accounting for no more than 25% of your turnover) or have exported for no more than 10 years
  • Be within the EU State Aid de minimis limit of €200,000 over the current rolling 3 year period
  • Not receive any other public funds towards eligible costs for the grant you are applying for not have been fully committed to attend the event prior to seeking the grant

You must also be able to demonstrate that you are either:

  • selling products or services which originate from the UK
  • adding significant value to a product or service of non-UK origin

View Tradeshow Access Programme exhibitor terms and conditions from 1 October 2017

* See SME definition: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-defini...


How do I apply?

Stage 1 A)

Apply to attend the TAP Grant Event by completing the application form on the relevant event page.

Events page


Stage 1 B)

Complete and send the TAP Grant Exhibitor Application Form within 3 days from your Event – Expression of Interest form

TAP Exhibitor Grant Application Form 18-19

Read TAP Grant Terms & Conditions

Stage 2

If your Event Application is APPROVED (you will receive a confirmation email from the events team) you will also be notified within 2 weeks if your TAP Grants Application form has also been APPROVED or rejected.

If your TAP Grant Application form is rejected, you will have to inform us within 3 working days if you wish to proceed without TAP Grant support

Status of your TAP grant application form

Stage 3

If your TAP Grant Application form has been accepted, you will receive an invoice for the total amount of the event attendance minus the value of the grant.

Invoice for your attendance

Stage 4

Once you have paid your event attendance you will be able to attend the event.

Should you not attend the event, the remaining amount of the event cost will be charged to your company (equal to the amount of the TAP Grants ).

Should you attend the event, no further payment will be requested.

Attendance charges/missed attendance

Stage 5

TAP Grants requests to complete the TAP Grant Feedback Form. This is mandatory and it will have to be returned to the indicated email address within 7 days from the event.

TAP grant feedback form

For any further help or information about this please contact events@visitbritain.org.


What happens if I cancel?

  1. 1. If you cancel your participation in the event within the cancellation deadline you will be able to cancel free of charge and TAP Grants will be returned to DIT ( they cannot be transferred to another company)
  2. 2. If you cancel after the cancellation deadline you will be charged in full for the whole value of the booking, including the value of TAP Grants (full charges apply 0-4 weeks to the event).


DIT reserves the right to withhold any or all payments for the TAP grants if at the time of the application or at any time prior to the start of the event the participant:

  1. 1. has ceased or ceases trading
  2. 2. is in or goes into liquidation, administration, receivership, bankruptcy.
  3. 3. is involved in an insolvency procedure
  4. 4. fails to comply to grant terms and conditions
  5. 5. causes embarrassment to Her Majesty’s Government
  6. 6. provides inaccurate information on the Exhibitor Grant application form


Click here for more information about TAP Grants (www.gov.uk/guidance/tradeshow-access-programme.).


Register interest

Contact details

Contact name

VisitBritain Events Team