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Your guide to small business grants in Queensland

Let us start off by saying: there is plenty of support for businesses in Queensland, so if you’re looking for a grant to progress your venture in the sunshine state, you’re likely very well placed.

But how do you know if there’s something for you? Read on to learn more about the types of grants available in QLD.

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The new Business Boost Grants Program provides payment of up to $15,000 to support small businesses make improvements in efficiency and productivity.

It includes funded activities for three project areas:

  • future planning
  • specialised and automated software
  • staff management, development and planning.

The program is designed to help businesses boost turnover, profit and employment, increase business confidence and skills and improve business resilience and survivability.

Applications for Round 1 open 30 July, 2021. Read the application guidelines and FAQs

The Queensland Government is helping the small business sector with $140 million in support across two years.  Big Plans for Small Business Strategy 2021-23 will help drive economic recovery and employment with four focus areas: 

  • Skills to succeed
  • Building business skills
  • Grow your business
  • Doing business better. 

As a small business operator, take a look at the following: 

  • Small business grants schedule – keep an eye on grants and programs with key dates and links to additional information. 
  • Business Health Check – designed to identify how ready a business is for change and how to improve resilience to survive and thrive.

QLD grants for innovation

While business grants for innovation open, close and change over time, the Queensland Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ program is generally a good place to start. Here, the state government updates and lists grants for everything from small businesses to female founders and much more, for example the Indigenous Native Food Program.

Research and development (R&D) grants and tax incentives

In the life sciences sector, the Life Sciences Catalyst provides access to capital and knowledge as well as training and resources to help businesses scale up or diversify into new markets. The R&D Tax Incentive Program helps offset money spent on R&D which benefits the wider Australian economy.

QLD grants for startups

Startups should look at the Startup Onramp Regional Queensland Program which provides training and an accelerator program for high-growth startups. The Business Growth Fund Program also provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

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QLD grants for women

Women’s Research Assistance Program (WRAP) is available for female scientists to continue their research while on parental or adoption leave.

Grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Business Development and Assistance Program provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in businesses with access to finance products, advice, training, and workshops to start or grow a small-to-medium business. There’s also the Indigenous Innovation and Entrepreneur Pathway (IIEP) Program QLD, the Indigenous Pathways Scholarship Program, and the One Business program.

QLD social enterprise funding

In this category, businesses can apply for grants to help Queenslanders improve their local communities. For example, the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program for waste recovery – applications close 11 September 2021. 

QLD tourism and events grants

To help boost local events and tourism industry, the Queensland Destination Events Program may provide a funding option. 

COVID-19 and disaster-recovery grants

If your business has been affected by COVID-19, the Queensland Government offers support in the shape of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant for small and micro-businesses. There are also and Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) has various subsidies and rebates for agriculture businesses affected by extreme weather and natural disasters.

The state government also introduced three recovery grants to target specific business types. They are the Business Basics grants of up to $5,000, the Business Boost grants of up to $15,000, and the Business Growth Fund grants of up to $50,000. To find out when the grants will be available and to check your eligibility, visit the Queensland Government's small business grant schedule website.

There sure is no shortage of financial support for businesses in Queensland, it’s just a matter of finding the one that’s right for your business, so make sure to do your research and always check the eligibility criteria.

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