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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.

QLD grants for innovation

While business grants for innovation open, close and change over time, the Queensland Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ programme 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, there’s the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF), an Indigenous Native Food Program and even the Business Development Fund QLD.

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.

Small business grants in QLD

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program is designed to help artisan producers of gourmet food grow their business. There’s also the Small Business Digital Grants Program to improve access to digital technologies and services and the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program which matches funding to help newly established businesses access professional advice and support in the early stages.

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QLD grants for women

Queensland’s women in business receive support through the innovative and inspiring Spark Female Founders Program. There’s also a Women’s Research Assistance Program (WRAP) available for female scientists to continue their research while on maternity 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, through the:

QLD tourism and events grants

While travel might not be front of mind right now, it will be again at some point. So for ventures looking to boost the local events and tourism industry, there are funding options such as the Queensland Destination Events Program and the Attracting Tourism Fund.

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 Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants and Drought Relief Assistance Scheme (DRAS) for those affected by extreme weather and natural disasters.

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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