The Queensland Government supports the small business sector through a range of initiatives. The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practices.
Grant-funded activities must be in one of five priorities:
- Training and coaching;
- Website build/upgrades;
- Professional business advice;
- Strategic marketing services;
- Business continuity and succession.
The expected outcomes of the grants program are to:
- Increase confidence for business owners across core skills;
- Boost turnover, profit, and employment; and
- Improve business survivability and resilience.
Available Funding for Business Basics Grants
- If successful, applicants will receive upfront fixed grant funding of $5,000 (excluding GST).
- The grant is for funding activities in one of the five priorities.
- Successful applicants do not have to co-contribute to this grant however successful applicants must pay for any related expenses in excess of the $5,000 grant funding.
To be eligible to apply for Business Basics Grants, the business must:
- Have fewer than 20 employees (by head count) at the time of applying for the grant;
- Have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST;
- Have a Queensland headquarters, and be based in regional Queensland
- Have a turnover of $300,000 or less for the last financial year (2020-21);
- Not have been approved for funding under Round 1 of the Business Basics programs; and
- Have owners/directors that are not insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt.
DESBT will not fund the following activities:
- Activities bought using crypto-currencies, barter, or services in-kind;
- General business operating costs (e.g., bookkeeping/accounting, tax returns);
- Real estate/property, hire, lease, or rental fees;
- Goods, services, or fees from related parties*
- Franchise fees;
- Purchase of stock;
- GST, registration, and fees;
- Maintenance of existing digital technologies;
- Computer hardware (e.g., computer servers, PCs, tablets\iPad, mobile phones);
- Activities purchased via direct selling (e.g., by party plan or network marketing);
- Delivery, credit card and transaction fees;
- Memberships and joining fees;
- Fleet vehicles;
- Website hosting;
- Any advertising costs or advertising campaign delivery (e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses).
Application Deadline: When DESBT receives enough applications for a competitive assessment.