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Open Now: Queensland Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: 10 June 2021

Small Business Disaster Recovery Grants deliver funding assistance to small businesses severely impacted by the North and Far North Queensland monsoonal trough. Funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to access high-level expertise and advice to assist with business recovery. Funding for building, plant and equipment repairs is also available in some circumstances. 

A single grant payment will be made directly to the business and is to be used for:

  • business plan development
  • retraining
  • business mentoring
  • financial counselling
  • exploring options for business sustainability.

Funding may also be available for building, plant and equipment repairs for small businesses as a flood-proofing measure – specific eligibility applies.

The grants have been jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Three categories of funding are available, with applications assessed according to the specific DRFA criteria that are met. For further information on eligibility requirements, please carefully read the the application guidelines and terms and conditions.

How to Apply for a Grant

To apply, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the eligibility criteria;
  2. Read the application guidelines and terms and conditions;
  3. Complete an online application form using the appropriate SmartyGrants link(s) below-

Applications must:

  • Outline how you intend to use grant funding to support your small business recovery;
  • Attach the required documentation (as outlined Table 1 of the Application Guidelines)

Open Now: Australian Community Engagement Grants Program (CEG Program)

Australian Government

Closing 24 September 2020

The Community Engagement Grants Program (CEG Program) provides funding to not-for-profit organisations to deliver services that are separate and additional to the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO) statutory functions.

CEG Program aims to provide assistance relating to Commonwealth workplace laws to specific target groups who are covered by the federal workplace relations system.

The program operates with the the intended outcomes of:

  • providing high quality information and assistance relating to Commonwealth workplace laws to employers and employees across Australia.
  • enabling access to that information and assistance to reach at least one of the following CEG Program’s target cohorts:
    • vulnerable groups (such as culturally and linguistically diverse workers, youth or aged workers or visa holders), or
    • small business employers.

Grant applications must be for activities that span a four-year period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2024.

Guidelines and Applications

Please visit the Community Engagement Grants Program page on GrantConnect for further information to apply.


Now Open:  Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Program

Queensland Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs

Closing: 25 September 2020

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland (CMQ) program provides funding towards multicultural events and projects that engage people from culturally diverse backgrounds to contribute to building an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland.

If your organisation is planning a cultural event or multicultural festival for 2021, you can apply for funding under the Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program.

The Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program promotes:

  • Queensland’s multicultural identity
  • community participation and intercultural connections
  • increased understanding between diverse cultural groups and the wider community
  • increased engagement of general community groups in connecting and welcoming migrants and refugees into a wide range of community activities.

Funding of up to $20,000 is available for approved cultural and multicultural events to be delivered in the 2021 calendar year.

*If your organisation received funding in the 2019-20 CMQ program events round, and then accepted a contract variation to postpone your event to 2021 due to COVID-19, you do not need to apply for funding for the postponed event under this round. 

Guidelines and Applications

  1. Please ensure you read the relevant funding program documents:
  2. Apply online through SmartyGrants.

Further information and advice is available from Multicultural Australia's Community Funding Access Advisor, Amelia Salmon on (07) 3337 5400, or by email: amelias@multiculturalaustralia.org.au 

Questions can also be directed to the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs by emailing: MAfunding@dlgrma.qld.gov.au.


Open Now: Skilling Queenslanders for Work - October 2020 Round

Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing: 8 October 2020

The Queensland Government has announced that applications for the next round of Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program are now open. The program forms an essential part of  the Government's ongoing plan to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds skills development, training and job opportunities for job-seekers, disengaged and disadvantaged Queenslanders through targeted skills and training projects. The program focuses on young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature-age job-seekers, women re-entering the workforce, veterans and ex-service personnel, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. More than 70 per cent of participants find work, undertake further training, or return to school around 12 months after exiting a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. 

Community-based not-for-profit organisations, local councils and school Parent and Friends and Citizens associations are advised to check eligibility requirements and application recommendations to apply.

Applications and Guidelines

Please visit the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program page for eligibility requirements and further application information. Questions can also be directed to the QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training on 1300 369 935.


Now Open: Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness

Mercy Foundation

Closing: 2 November 2020

The Mercy Foundation Grants to End Homelessness are available for initiatives, services, projects, advocacy and research that will contribute to the goal of ending homelessness by supporting permanent housing, housing first and permanent supportive housing solutions.

Projects that focus on ending and preventing older women’s homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are priority areas for the 2020-2021 program. Grants range from $5,000 up to $50,000 for any one year, with grants likely to be averaging $20,000-$30,000.

Applicants must be a legal entity, such as an incorporated association or company. If not, the applicant will need to be auspiced by an appropriate organisation.

The Mercy Foundation has an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) process. If your EOI is successful, you will then be invited to submit a full application and proposal form.

Guidelines and Applications:

The Mercy Foundation has an Expression of Interest Form (EOI) process. Please contact the Mercy Foundation on 02 9911 7390 to discuss your proposed project before completing the EOI form.

⇒ Download the Expression of Interest Form 2020


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) 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


Open Now: Employment Assistant Fund- Funding for Workers with a Disability

Federal Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Ongoing Applications Accepted

The Employment Assistant Fund (EAF) provides financial assistance to eligible people with disability, mental health conditions and their employers to buy work related modifications, equipment, Auslan services and workplace assistance and support services. The EAF is available to eligible people with disability that are about to start a job, self-employed, or those who are currently working. It is also available to people with disability who need Auslan assistance or special work equipment to look for and prepare for a job.

The EAF could help to buy work related modifications and services like:

  • the cost of making adjustments to your physical workplace
  • modifications to work vehicles
  • special equipment for the workplace*
  • information and communication devices*
  • Auslan interpreting services
  • specialist services for employees with specific learning disorders and mental health conditions
  • disability awareness training for the workplace (including deafness awareness)
  • mental health awareness and first aid training.

The EAF also provides free workplace assessments to help work out what modifications or equipment will best meet your needs. This is called a Workplace Modification Assessment. You usually need to have an assessment when applying for EAF if the assistance being purchased is over $1,000. 

Eligibility and Applications

Please read the  EAF Guidelines for further information about the application process, eligibility, and the type of modifications and equipment that are funded. Alternatively, you can contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800 to help you with applying for EAF assistance.


The following grant programs are currently closed. They are expected to re-open for applications at a later date. 

Small Business Digital Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Currently on hold due to Covid-19 Pandemic – Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Department for details.

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

Applications

Currently closed. Expected to re-open 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.


eSafety Commissioner Online Safety Grants Program

Australian Federal Government eSafety Commissioner

Closed- 21 May 2020, 5pm (AEST)

Grant funding of between $80,000 and $1 million is available to non-government organisations (NGOs) that deliver online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them. A total of $9 million will be allocated starting in mid-2020. This is an open competitive grants program for NGOs.

The Online Safety Grants Program aims to:

  • support innovative development, collaboration and implementation of online safety education programs
  • ensure children, young people and their communities can access inclusive, citizen-focused online safety education resources
  • promote and increase the positive and safe use of digital technologies in at-risk communities, via improvements in service delivery 
  • contribute to driving diversity and inclusion online
  • maximise opportunities for all Australians to understand the online safety support, complaints and referral pathways they can access
  • create a culture where safe online behaviours among children and young people become the ‘norm’ 
  • deliver projects that use co-design and evidence-based frameworks as standard practice for delivering online safety education
  • embed Safety by Design principles, where appropriate.

Applications are sought from NGOs that can demonstrate an ability to use evidence-based research and best practice in online safety education to develop services, resources and products that provide new solutions for improving online safety.

These can be:

  • for use in schools and other places of learning
  • designed for parents and carers, communities or support workers
  • focused on at-risk communities
  • aimed at scaling up new services, resources or products.

Before applying, please carefully read the draft Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement in conjunction with the Program Guidelines. This will be the basis of the Agreement that successful grant recipients will be required to sign with the Commonwealth, as represented by the eSafety Commissioner.

Online Safety Grants Program Guidelines

Commonwealth Simple Grant Agreement

Online Safety Grants Program Application

More information is contained in the grant program's Frequently Asked Questions. Further assistance is also available from the eSafety commissioner's office at: onlinesafetygrants@esafety.gov.au

You can also Register your organisation’s interest in the Online Safety Grants Program to receive program updates.


Scanlon Foundation Annual Community Grants

Scanlon Foundation

Closed: Friday 18 September 2020

The Scanlon Foundation Community Grants for 2021 will focus on projects that support the transition of migrants into employment. Projects should consider the experience of migrants and the receiving communities and aim to nurture positive outcomes. All submissions are expected to empower new arrival communities and develop cross cultural connections.

Grants are looking to actively support people into employment, working directly with individuals who are unemployed. This may include those that have lost their jobs as a result of Covid-19, business failure or new school and university graduates.

This year’s community grants will provide funding up to a maximum of $25,000 for a 12 month project. The community grants will be eligible for locations throughout Australia.

Expressions of Interest can be made by Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) eligible organisations for grants of up to $25,000 through Smartygrants

Guidelines and Applications

Please visit Scanlon Community Grants 2021 for more information on completing an Expression of Interest. 

Applicants are encouraged to view the FAQs before submitting. 

Please visit Smartygrants for applications and further instructions. 


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


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.


The Centre for Women & Co.’s Scholarship Fund

The Centre for Women & Co.
Closed 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


QLD Small Business Month Grants Program

QLD Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Closing- Applications closed March 2020. Please visit business.qld.gov.au for futher grant opportunities. 

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


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

Brisbane City Council

Closed: 29 May to 12 June 2020 (specific to area of application)

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


Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World’ Better Business Grants Program

SunSuper Pty Ltd

Closed: 31 July 2020

The Sunsuper 'Dreams for a Better World' Business Grants Program aims to increase the capacity of Small Business and Social Enterprise to deliver innovative projects that address social issues in local Queensland communities. Applicants from all industries may apply for funding of $10,000 to support projects that benefit local communities. Projects that address issues from a range of areas are encouraged, such as those that increase access to employment, improve environmental sustainability, or alleviate mental illness.    

Please visit the Sunsuper ‘Dreams for a Better World'  Business Grants Program page to access grant guidelines, eligibility requirements and the Business Grants application form. 


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/

 

 


 

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