Accelerate Small Business Grants Program

 

The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to enable them to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business. Matched funding of up to $10,000 for eligible businesses.

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Accelerate Small Business Grants Program

About the Grant

The Queensland Government is providing $3 million in grant funding over 3 years to established Queensland-based small businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, specialist consultants or an advisory board, for a 6 to 12 month period. (An advisory board provides non-binding strategic advice to a management team).

The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to enable them to engage high-level experts and strategic advisors to work closely with them in their business.

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 in the previous 12 months
  • have a maximum headcount of 20 employees at the time of application
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

This grant is targeted at established Queensland-based small businesses that are financially sound and 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 participant applying must have a business plan in place, as well as the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business.

Applying businesses must have a clearly defined opportunity and plan for growth, and demonstrate how engaging external advice will allow the business to achieve these goals.

 

Available Funding

Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, specialist consultants or an advisory board, for between 6 to 12 months. The funding must be matched by a cash contribution from the participating business.

Two grant payments will be made directly to the business, with 50% paid on grant approval and on receipt of a valid tax invoice, and a further 50% paid on successful completion of the project.

Important Dates

Round 2 has now opened BE QUICK

The participating business must provide a progress report after 3 months and a final report on completion of the project outlining:

  • the advice received
  • how the advice has been implemented
  • the impact on the business
  • the results and outcomes achieved.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

How can it help you?

It is expected that businesses applying for funding will be seeking support to manage and finance their business expansion, including but not limited to:

  • increasing employment
  • improving management processes and systems to increase productivity and efficiency
  • introducing product process or systems innovations
  • entering new markets
  • increasing turnover/sales.

Small Business Digital Grants Program

 

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.

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Small Business Digital Grants Program

Available Funding

Matching 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 business must show that 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.

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the product or service. The value of the grant payment will be increased to compensate for any GST.

Who Should Apply

All Queensland-based small businesses can apply. The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased will enhance the digital capabilities of the business and help them to be more competitive.

Eligibility Criteria

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
  • be based in Queensland
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last 12 calendar months
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

The participating business must provide a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business.

How to Apply

Before applying, read the application guidelines and terms and conditions.

 

Important Dates

Round 2 has now closed. (Don’t miss the next round)

The next round will open mid 2017.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

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Assessment Criteria

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applications will be prioritised on:

  • the impact the digital technology or service will have on the business (measured by revenue growth, cost savings, time savings, employment outcomes)
  • the extent to which the digital technology or service will enhance the digital capabilities of the business to make the business more competitive
  • the potential and likelihood the activity will deliver jobs growth
  • value for money.

Entrepreneurs Grant

 

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

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Small Business Entrepreneurs Grants Program

Available Funding

Matched funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach to help establish or develop the business. The advice must fall under 1 or more of the following areas:

  • professional business, tax, computing, legal or financial (accounting) advice
  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • market research and marketing strategies, including branding strategies and social media/digital strategies.

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service. The value of the grant payment will be increased to compensate for any GST.

What is not funded

The grant is specifically aimed at funding businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach. We will not fund the following activities:

  • fees for services provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or directorship with the applicant, and employees or immediate family of the applicant)
  • franchise fees or related costs
  • direct-selling businesses – where sales of another business’s goods or services are made in the customer’s home, work or other meeting place through methods such as party plan
  • purchase of assets, such as stock
  • salaries
  • general business operating costs (including bookkeeping/accounting and tax returns)
  • search engine optimisation (SEO), Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses
  • retrospective payments for expenses already incurred or work already undertaken
  • subscriptions, including cloud (software) services.

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) and be registered for GST
  • be based in Queensland
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

The participating business must provide a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business.

Important Dates

Round 1 has now closed. (Don’t miss the next round)

The next round will open mid and late 2017. Dates to be confirmed.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

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Assessment Criteria

All applications will be assessed against eligibility criteria. Further assessment will include:

  • the extent to which the service will support establishment and development of the business
  • the extent to which the service will enhance the owner’s skills and abilities
  • potential business improvements
  • value for money.

Ignite Ideas Fund

 

The Ignite Ideas Fund supports the development of new or improved products, processes or services to secure investment, launch into global markets and grow business.

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Ignite Ideas Fund

About the Program

The Ignite Ideas Program is designed to help early-stage, high growth potential businesses achieve scale, growth and profitability.

Ignite Ideas was created to help businesses which are ready to take their innovative ideas to the next level, and potentially create products and services with huge global market potential.

The program targets businesses with fewer than 200 staff with a working prototype ready to be tested in the market place.

The Ignite Ideas fund aims to:

  • increase commercialisation rates of Queensland ideas
  • create high-value knowledge intensive jobs
  • secure new investment
  • form new collaborative partnerships
  • increase exports
  • increase business investment in R&D
  • increase levels of business innovation.

Available Funding

  • Tier One—up to $100,000 (excluding GST) per project.
  • Tier Two—up to $250,000 (excluding GST) per project.
  • Additional application requirements apply.
  • Applications now closed.

Round 2 funding recipients have been announced

Funding of up to $250,000 per project to help businesses by supporting activities that prove an idea will work, or to assist with identifying a market or investor for a product, process or service.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • be a primary or secondary school that is registered with a state or territory registration authority
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • not have received Maker Projects funding before under these programme guidelines.

You must also provide confirmation from the school board or school principal that:

  • the project is supported by the school’s executive or equivalent decision-making body
  • the school has the capacity to meet any costs of the project not covered by grant funding
  • the school will support relevant staff members to attend appropriate professional development where necessary.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. All parties to a joint application must be registered government or non-government primary or secondary schools.

How to Apply

Online applications are now closed.

For more information on the Ignite Ideas program, refer to the:

Important Dates

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Assessment Criteria

Applicants are assessed on the:

  • innovation and market potential of your project
  • project feasibility, budget and timeframes
  • technical and management feasibility
  • anticipated outcomes for Queensland.

QLD Startup Events and Activities Fund

The Queensland Startup Events and Activities Fund (formerly Startup Queensland Fund) will provide funding up to $25,000 (excluding GST) to eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and technology startup skills.

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QLD Startup Events and Activities Fund

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What is the funding for?

Queensland has more than 200 startups, which employ more than 1,900 people. The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program will help us solve global challenges, seize opportunities in growing markets, compete for investment dollars, and create the jobs of the future.

The funding will help build capability within the Queensland startup community, including regional areas, by:

  • delivering practical information and advice
  • increased collaboration and networking opportunities
  • connectivity and transformational entrepreneurship.

Activities must demonstrate alignment and linkage to the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland program.

Note: a startup is defined as a new high-growth potential business, developing innovative products and services, with a globally scalable market.

The startup ecosystem includes startup entities and supporting organisations, including investors, universities, incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces.

Available Funding

  • Funding is open to profit and not-for-profit organisations.
  • Applicants must be a Queensland-based organisation with an ABN and be registered for GST.
  • Organisations already receiving Queensland Government funding are eligible to apply for this funding. The 50% matched funding contribution from these organisations cannot be sourced from existing Queensland Government funding.
  • Funding cannot be provided for any activity that has received funding through another Advance Queensland program.

Available Funding

A funding pool of up to $300,000 (excluding GST) is available until 30 June 2018 or until the funding pool is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Queensland Startup Events and Activities funding will contribute up to 50% of the total eligible activity costs up to a maximum of $25,000 (excluding GST) per activity.

Total eligible activity costs may include in-kind contributions.

Important Dates

  • Applications are open until 30 June 2018, or when the funding pool is exhausted, whichever comes first.
  • All activities approved for funding must be completed by 15 December 2018.
  • As this is an open funding process, applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the activity start date.
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Assessment Criteria

Activities will be considered for approval by the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation based on the following criteria:

  1. Clear outcomes for Queenslanders
    • Capacity building within the Queensland startup ecosystem, including employment opportunities for Queenslanders now, as well as jobs for the future.
    • Strengthen Queensland’s startup capability to foster growth and productivity of the Queensland startup community and the economy more broadly.
    • Quality collaborations delivering outcomes.
    • Projects which have outcomes for Queensland regional areas will be given additional consideration.
  2. Activites that align with the Advance Queensland program.

How can it help you?

Examples of eligible activities:

  • webinars
  • networking activites
  • presentations
  • mentoring sessions
  • workshops
  • forums
  • startup weekends.

Eligible costs can include:

  • venue hire
  • travel and accommodation for presenters
  • catering
  • activity promotion
  • fees for external speakers and consultants.
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Activity Criteria

  • Activities must be conducted on a not-for-profit basis and demonstrate broad benefit for the Queensland startup community.
  • Activities demonstrating collaboration with other organisations will be favourably considered.
  • Applications for funding are open and close 30 June 2018 or when the funding pool is exhausted, whichever occurs first. All activities must be completed by 15 December 2018.
  • Activities must align with the Advance Queensland program.
  • The activity theme/s must cover 1 or more of the following entrepreneurial and startup focus areas:
    • improve capability and capacity
    • access to capital
    • collaboration, building networks and connectivity
    • access to markets
    • leadership
    • skills development
    • culture and promoting success.

Made in Queensland Grant

 

Made in Queensland is a Queensland Government initiative supporting our manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

The $20 million grants program is aimed at increasing jobs in Queensland manufacturing businesses and growing the state’s economy.

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Made in Queensland Grant

About the grant

Made in Queensland is a Queensland Government initiative supporting our manufacturing sector to become more internationally competitive and adopt innovative processes and technologies.

The $20 million grants program is aimed at increasing jobs in Queensland manufacturing businesses and growing the state’s economy.

Owners of small to medium Queensland manufacturers are invited to register their interest in the Made in Queensland program. Eligible registrants will receive support from the department to undertake a benchmarking program which will address areas where their businesses can become more competitive and create high-value jobs for Queenslanders.

Projects  the program will  fund include:

  • strategy
  • human resource management
  • internal systems
  • production and operational systems
  • marketing, branding and communication
  • financial management systems
  • exploring new markets and market intelligence
  • environmental sustainability
  • mentoring/coaching
  • new specialised equipment.

Available Funding

Eligible manufacturing businesses will be able to apply for grants of between $50,000 and $2.5 million to become more productive, grow, innovate and create knowledge-based jobs for Queensland’s future.

Eligibility Criteria

Made in Queensland is targeted at helping small to medium sized manufacturers. To be eligible, you must:

• be a manufacturing business based in Queensland

• employ between five and 200 people.

How to Apply

Applying for your Made in Queensland grant is a threestep process.

1 Visit www.statedevelopment.qld.gov.au/ made-in-queensland to register your interest and review the program guidelines. Once we’ve confirmed your eligibility we’ll get in touch.

2 Undertake the benchmarking process for your business to identify business improvement measures to grow and innovate. You will receive a Benchmarking Report and Action Plan.

3 Once you identify one or more projects from your Benchmarking Report and Action Plan that you want to pursue, make your application to Made in Queensland.

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Assessment Criteria

Your application must demonstrate that your business will:

  • increase Queensland-based manufacturing businesses’ productivity and competitiveness
  • encourage these businesses to adopt innovative processes and technologies
  • encourage more of these businesses to become advanced manufacturers, and
  • protect traditional manufacturing jobs and create the new high-skill manufacturing jobs of the future.

Young Starters Fund

 

The Young Starters’ Fund is designed to build, attract and retain young entrepreneurial talent, the program funds eligible organisations to deliver events and activities that build entrepreneurial and startup skills in young Queenslanders.

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Young Starters’ Fund

About the fund

The Advance Queensland Young Starters’ Fund is designed to:

  • promote entrepreneurship as an alternative employment pathway
  • to grow numbers of young entrepreneurial talent in Queensland
  • provide opportunities for Queensland’s young entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to the world through the Young Starters’ competition
  • help turn the ideas of young entrepreneurs into a business with high-growth potential

Available Funding

  • Funding up to 70% of your total eligible activity costs, to a maximum of $20,000.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Young Starters’ Fund, your activity must:

  • be conducted on a not-for-profit basis and demonstrate broad benefit for the Queensland startup community
  • align with the Advance Queensland principles
  • cover one or more of the following:
    • improve capability and capacity
    • access to capital
    • collaboration, building networks and connectivity
    • access to markets
    • leadership
    • skills development
    • culture and promoting success.

Collaboration with other organisations will be favourably considered.

How to Apply

To help prepare an application, please refer to the:

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Important Dates

Online applications for the Young Starters’ Fund are now open.

Applications must be received by 5pm (AEST) 7 April 2017 to be assessed in the next round.

Government Tenders

 

Federal, State and Local Government have a wide range of grants and tenders available at any one time.

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Other Grants

 

Grants are not only available from Government.  We can help you source funding from a range of sources.

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