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Open Now: QLD Small Business Month Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Closing- Expressions of interest for grant opportunity are open on a rolling basis

The Queensland Small Business Month Grants Program provides funding to deliver events during Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM), running from Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2020.

The Small Business Month Grants Program aims to support individuals and organisations to host events, activities, or programs that:

  • provide a platform for collective investigation of local small business community concerns and solutions specific to an area or locality
  • empower local small business communities to come together to learn from experts and specialists in areas relevant to their sector or region
  • enable local leadership in small business communities.

Funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available for Queensland - based events and activities during QSBM, May 2020.

Application Guidelines QSBM 2020

Guidelines and criteria for completing your application are available at: https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/queensland-small-business-month-grant-2020 

Application Forms

Applications can be made via the following link: https://dtesb.smartygrants.com.au/smallbusinessmonth2020


Open now: The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Brisbane City Council
Closing- 30 April 2020

The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme provides business training and mentoring opportunities for Brisbane residents from multicultural backgrounds. It offers two separate programs, including the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Mentoring Scheme.

Business Scholarship Program

This program enables residents seeking to start a business to become equipped with the knowledge and skills to start a new business, grow a business or gain expertise in a specific field. Applicants can apply for scholarship in a range of training courses from Certificate IV through to post-graduate university courses. For further information, including specific course details and closing dates, please visit the city council's official website for the grant program at: The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Business Mentoring Scheme

This program offers existing business owners the opportunity to take a series of workshops that assist in business growth and development. There are 89 business scholarships and mentoring scheme placements available to residents of Brisbane in 2020. For further information please visit the city council's official website for the grant program at: The Lord Mayor's Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme  

How to Apply

Application forms and guidelines are available at: https://forms.brisbane.qld.gov.au/lord-mayors-multicultural-business-scholarship-program-mentoring-scheme-2020


Open now: The Centre for Women & Co.’s Scholarship Fund

The Centre for Women & Co.
Closing: 2 March 2020

The Centre for Women & Co's Scholarship Fund is dedicated to empowering women to achieve their potential. The following grants provide funding to support women’s well-being, safety and scholarship throughout the community.

Applications for 2020 are now being taken in the areas of:

  • Business Start-Up - $2500
  • Capital Purchase - $2500
  • Education and Training - $2500
  • Nominate a Friend - 2 scholarships available at $1250 each

How to Apply

1. Read the following documents:

2. Fill in the application forms, available below:

3. Email completed application form, along with supporting documents to:

scholarship@centreforwomen.org.au

For further information, please visit official program website at:https://centreforwomen.org.au/scholarships


Open Now: Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF)

Ongoing Applications Accepted.

The Social Enterprise Development and Investment Funds (SEDIF) improves access to finance and support for social enterprises to help them grow their business and increase the impact of their work in their communities.

The Federal Government selected three SEDIF fund managers to offer social enterprises finance, such as loans, and support. The SEDIF fund managers are:

Social enterprises can contact the SEDIF fund managers directly to discuss and make applications for their financing needs.

Amount: Undisclosed or various

Closing Date: Ongoing

Links to further information and contacts are available at: https://www.employment.gov.au/social-enterprise-development-and-investment-funds


Open Now: The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant

Federal Government Department of Social Services
Closing: Expressions of interest (EOI) are accepted on an ongoing basis

The Impact Investment Ready Growth Grant provides capacity building grants of up to $140,000 to mission-driven for-profit and not-for-profit organisations, allowing them to secure investment capital to scale their social impact. The purpose of the grant is to assist mission-driven organisations in Australia to scale and increase their impact by raising capital and investment in the form of equity.

Guidelines

Application Guidelines and eligibility criteria can be accessed at: Impact Growth Grant Guidelines

Applications

Submit your Expressions of interest (EOI) for the Growth Grant via our online form at: https://impactinvestmentready.typeform.com/to/VZLkru

Applications are by invitation following successful screening of eligibility through an EOI.

Further Questions can be emailed  to the Growth Grant Team at: growthgrant@impactinvestingaustralia.com


The following grant programs are currently closed and will reopen for applications later in 2020.

Small Business Digital Grants program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Currently Closed. Re-opens mid-2020

The Small Business Digital Grants program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The minimum grant funding is $1,000.

The business must show how the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business.

Successful applicants cannot reapply for funding under this grant program in future rounds.

Your business must also be in a financial position to pay up front for the approved product(s) and or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase.

Amount: Up to $10,000 matched funding  

How to apply:

Funding guidelines

Terms and Conditions.

Apply now

Currently closed. Re-opens mid 2020.


Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Currently Closed. Re-opens mid-2020

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program can assist new small businesses to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.

The advice must fall under 1 or more of the following areas:

  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • professional business advice (i.e. information technology (IT), legal or financial)
  • marketing strategy development (i.e. branding strategies, social media/digital strategies, market research).

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last 4 years
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

The business must also be in a financial position to pay up front for the approved training or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase.

Available funding

Up to $5,000 (if successful, a 50% funding contribution (excluding GST) is provided)

The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service.

Application Guideline

Terms and Conditions

Apply Now

Currently closed.


Business Growth Fund Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Currently closed.

The Business Growth Fund Program is a grant program which provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

The fund will enable successful applicants to purchase and implement specialised equipment or services to help them seize growth opportunities.

Examples of eligible highly specialised equipment includes (but not limited to) the following:

  • production equipment to meet otherwise unachievable growth demand
  • advanced manufacturing or digital equipment and systems
  • advanced logistics systems and equipment.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • have a minimum trading history of 3 years at the time of application
  • have a minimum turnover of $500,000 for the last financial year
  • have fewer than 50 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities in Queensland
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Your business must have the potential for high-growth within the next 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment.

The applying business must have:

  • a business plan in place
  • the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business
  • clearly defined an opportunity and plan for growth
  • demonstrated how the funding will assist the business to achieve these goals.

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business for consideration at any one time.

Previously successful applicants cannot reapply for funding under this program.

Funding of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) is available.

A co-contribution from the applicant of between 25% and 50% of the total project cost must be provided . The government contribution will be determined by an assessment panel.

Application Guidelines

Terms and Conditions

Applications

Currently closed. Due to re-open mid 2020


QCF General Fund 2020 Grant Round

Queensland Community Foundation
Closed- 13 March 2020

The QCF General Fund Grants aim to assist mid-tier charities to build capacity by developing their structures, systems, people and skills in order to deliver improved outcomes. These capacity building activities often include education and training, recruiting, maintaining or recognizing volunteers and updating information and technology support systems. This is as well as activities focused on planning and governance, which may include strategic plans, constitution reviews and board appraisals.

Mid-tier organisations (with an annual revenue less than $20m) that promote environmental and human health in Queensland are invited to apply.

Grants up to a maximum of $30,000 may be applied for.

Criteria & Guidelines

Guidelines and criteria for completing your application are available at: https://qcf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020-QCF-General-Fund-Criteria-Guidelines.pdf

Organisations must be Queensland based, with all grant funds going to help QLD communities in the region of application.

Deductible Gift Recipient Status is also required

Applications

Applications can be made via the following link: https://qcf.org.au/grants/general-grant-online-application/

Further details can be found on the official QCF General Fund grant website:https://qcf.org.au/grants/general-fund-grant-making/

Currently Closed.


Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Currently closed. Due to re-open mid 2020

The Small Business Artisan Producer Grants Program will provide assistance to artisan producers of gourmet food (including non-alcoholic beverages) to help them grow their businesses, access new market opportunities and enhance their gourmet food expertise.

The grant aims to support eligible artisan producers to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to assist them to establish and grow their businesses.

If successful, a 50% funding contribution of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is provided following completion of your project. The applicant needs to meet the eligibility and assessment criteria in the application guidelines and must provide satisfactory evidence of the project's completion to obtain funding. The minimum grant funding amount available is $1,000 (i.e. project value is $2,000 or more).

Application guidelines

Terms & Conditions

Start and Submit Application

Currently closed. Due to re-open mid 2020


QLD Social Enterprise Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
Currently closed. Due to re-open October 2020

The Social Enterprise Grants Program will provide assistance between $5,000 to $50,000 to enable social enterprises to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing and growing their business, and to assist in testing ideas in the market or using technology to achieve their reach and mission.

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