COVID-19 Adaption Grant

Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants is still open! Complete Business Solutions has written 35 Adaption Grants with a 90% success rate (some still not processed).

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Grants of up to $10,000 are available

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The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

The program aims to see small and micro businesses:

  • prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
  • continue to meet operating costs
  • access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
  • respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer-term growth
  • upskill and reskill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
  • embrace business diversification to adapt and sustain operations
  • create or retain employment.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your business must:

  • have been subject to closure or otherwise highly impacted by current shutdown restrictions announced by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer on 23 March 2020
  • have experienced a minimum 30% decline since 23 March 2020, over a minimum 1-month period due to the onset and management of COVID-19
  • employ staff and have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant (employees must be on your payroll and does not include the business owner(s))
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) active as at 23 March 2020
  • be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have an annual turnover over $75,000 for the 2018–19 or 2019–20 financial year, or you can provide financial records that show this will be met for recently started small businesses
  • have a payroll of less than $1.3 million
  • not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

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

Successful applicants from round 1 of this program cannot apply for funding under round 2.

If you have submitted a round 1 application but haven’t heard back yet, you are eligible to apply for round 2.

Use the eligibility tool below to find out if your business is eligible to apply.

Read the frequently asked questions for more information regarding eligibility.

What will be funded

The available grant amount is a minimum of $2,000 and up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business.

In recognition of the significant impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, the funding can be used towards the following:

  • financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
  • continuing to meet business operational costs including utilities, council rates, rent, telecommunication charges, insurance fees, licensing or franchise fees
  • strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
  • building the business through marketing and communications activities (e.g. content development – web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • digital/technological strategy development
  • digital training or re-training and up-skilling employees to adapt to new business models
  • capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 safety requirements
  • specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering).

Note: Grant funds can be used towards any of the above activities occurring from 23 March 2020 onwards, keeping in mind the project must be completed within a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval.

Assessment process

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applications will be assessed against the following:

  • funding availability – applications will be processed on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and therefore not all applications will be successful
  • submission of a complete application form, with all requested supporting documentation included
  • value for money, as determined by the Queensland Government.

Indigenous Languages Grants 2020

Indigenous Languages Grant of up to $25,000 are available to eligible Queenslanders to support activities that help preserve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Applications close 6 October 2020

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Grants of up to $10,000 are available

Easy streamlined process for our clients to follow – take 10mins mins to complete our online grant enquiry form.

The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness about the importance of preserving, supporting and promoting Indigenous languages.

To commemorate 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Queensland Government launched the inaugural Indigenous Languages Grants, which sought to highlight the importance of preserving and maintaining Australia’s First Nations languages. At the same time, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders worked in partnership with the Queensland Government to ensure that Aboriginal languages and Torres Strait Islander languages in Queensland are strong, acknowledged, maintained and accessible to all Queenslanders.

In 2020, Queenslanders can apply for a share in $200,000 to support Indigenous language preservation and revitalisation across the state.

The Indigenous Languages Grants 2019 program provided funding of $100,000 for 31 programs.

Purpose

The Queensland Government Indigenous Languages Grants 2020 will support a range of activities across Queensland which recognise the importance of promotion, preservation and revival of traditional and contemporary languages in maintaining cultural identity and building the resilience of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Objectives

The objectives of the Indigenous Languages Grants 2020 are to preserve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, and to ensure they remain accessible by supporting initiatives that:

  • are led by Aboriginal people or Torres Strait Islander people, and are developed in collaboration with non-Indigenous individuals or organisations
  • promote participation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teaching and learning including support for language projects with a specific focus on supporting the career development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to teach, preserve and revive Indigenous languages
  • produce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language resources, including digital technology in an accessible and culturally safe manner
  • research, revive and document Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language resources held in State Library or other state or national archives
  • support the development and promotion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, knowledge and cultural heritage through language focused arts initiatives.

Assessment criteria 

Applications are assessed by an independent assessment panel against the following five criteria:

1. Quality

  • Addresses one or more of the objectives of the Indigenous Languages Grants program.
  • Presents a creative activity outline that is culturally safe and accessible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2. Reach

  • Identifies and engages specific audiences along with the broader community in an Indigenous Languages initiative.

3. Impact

  • Commits to evaluation and continuous improvement through monitoring participant satisfaction, measuring outputs and outcomes and completing required reports.
  • Clearly outlines the relevance of the activity and the expected outcomes and benefits for the targeted participants.

4. Viability

  • Demonstrates links and established relationships with stakeholders including language owners, and other relevant organisations.
  • Presents a budget that clearly outlines how the grant funding will be spent, is realistic, and provides value for money.
  • Demonstrates capacity and suitable experience to undertake the proposed activity (planning, consultation, promotion, implementation, reporting and evaluation) within budget.

5. Co-contribution

  • Contributes in-kind or financial support towards the activity.

Small Business Digital Grants

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

Available Funding

If successful, 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.

Applicants must not begin the project or pay for the product(s) or service(s), in part or in full, without confirmation that the project has been approved.

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the total project cost, up to the approved grant funding amount.

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
  • 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.

How to Apply

Round 7 has now closed and we are not accepting applications.

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For more information about the program, read the application guidelines and terms and conditions.

View the 2019–20 Small business grants schedule to help plan your applications for grant rounds.

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, increase in gross profit, 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.

Please note, your growth must be realistic, and an applicant must only submit original answers.

Small Business Entrepreneurs Grants

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. Before applying, read the Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program Guidelines.

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 for up to 3 months to help establish or develop the business. The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000.

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).

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

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the total project cost, up to the approved grant funding amount.

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 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.

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

Successful applicants cannot reapply for this grant in future rounds.

Your 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.

How to Apply

Round 5 has now closed and we are not accepting applications.

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For more information about the program, read the application guidelines and terms and conditions.

Important Dates

View the 2019–20 Small business grants schedule to help plan your applications for grant rounds.

Assessment Process

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

  • extent to which the services supported establishment and development of the business
  • extent to which the services enhanced the owner’s skills and abilities
  • potential business improvements
  • potential and likelihood the activity will deliver jobs growth
  • value for money

Ignite Ideas Fund

The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs.  This includes supporting the start-up and growth of businesses to deliver new products and services into global markets, and establishing new industries that will provide the jobs of the future.

The Ignite Ideas Fund supports Queensland based start-ups and small to medium businesses that have high-growth potential to undertake commercialisation projects that will:

  • strengthen key industries in Queensland
  • diversify the Queensland economy
  • compete in global markets
  • engage and/or benefit regional Queensland
  • create new jobs.

Grants of up to $200,000 (excluding GST) are available to enable businesses to take highly innovative new products, processes or services that have reached minimum viable product stage or beyond, into the market for the first time, or into new markets.

Available Funding

Funding is available under two Tiers:

Tier 1

Applicants can apply for a grant of up to $100,000 (excluding GST) for projects of up to 12 months duration.

Tier 2

Applicants can apply for a grant greater than $100,000 up to a total of $200,000 (excluding GST) for projects of up to 24 months duration.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply to the Ignite Ideas Fund the applicant organisation must:

  • be a business or start-up organisation headquartered in Queensland
  • be registered for GST as at the full application closing date
  • have no more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees
  • not be a subsidiary of a group of companies that has more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees in total

If applying for Tier 1, the applicant organisation and/or related parties must:

  • not have received an Ignite Ideas Fund grant previously or currently be receiving Federal, State or Local government funding for the proposed activity
  • make a cash contribution to the project that is at least equal to 20% of the value of grant funding sought.

If applying for Tier 2, the applicant organisation and/or related parties must:

  • not have received an Ignite Ideas Fund Tier 2 grant previously or currently be receiving Federal, State or Local government funding for the proposed activity
  • have successfully completed any project funded under Tier 1 of the Ignite Ideas Fund (if relevant)
  • make a cash contribution to the project that is at least equal to the amount of grant funding sought
  • have been registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) prior to 1 January 2018.

How to Apply

The Ignite Ideas Fund has a two-stage application process:

Stage 1 – Expression of Interest – short application form open to submissions for 3 weeks

Following independent assessment of the eligible Expressions of Interest received, a number of applicants will be invited to submit a Full Application.

Stage 2 – Full Application invitation round – full application form open to submissions from shortlisted applicants only for 3 weeks

Important Dates

Round 7 expected release – April 2020

Assessment Criteria

Read the Ignite Ideas Fund Frequently Asked Questions for guidance on addressing the Assessment Criteria.

1. Innovation

You should demonstrate that:

  • your product, process or service is clearly innovative, unique and new
  • you have a sound understanding of potential competitors and what differentiates your product, process or service
  • you:
    • own, or have the rights to commercialise
    • have appropriate measures in place to protect any intellectual property relating to the product, process or service

​2.   Market Potential

You should demonstrate that you have a sound understanding of potential market/s and that your product, process or service:

  • addresses an identified and significant market/ commercial need and there is a clear demand from customers
  • is scalable and has global potential.

The letters of support from customers/potential customers will also be considered under this assessment criterion.

​3.   Technology/Market Readiness 

You should demonstrate that:

  • at the time of application the product, process or service is at, or beyond, minimum viable product stage, with technical proof of concept achieved
  • by project completion the product, process or service will:
    • be ready to enter the market (Tier 1); or
    • have entered the market or be in a new market (Tier 1/Tier 2).

​4.   Project Feasibility and Management Capability

You should demonstrate that:

  • the project is well planned and achievable with key activities, outcomes, expenditure and timeframes identified
  • you have identified how, and to what extent, the project will grow revenue and/or increase sales
  • the applicant organisation has/has access to:
    • technical and management skills and experience
    • infrastructure and funding capacity required to successfully deliver the project
  • key project risks have been identified and risk mitigation plans are in place.

The letter(s) confirming ability to make the required matching cash contribution; the resumes of key project staff; and the Milestone Activities and Outcomes will also be considered under this assessment criterion.

​5.   Benefits to Queensland

You should demonstrate how:

  • the project will provide benefit to Queensland (outside of the benefit to the applicant organisation)
  • the project will contribute to increased employment, both during the project execution and in the longer-term
  • the project has the potential to positively impact a Queensland industry
  • the project will provide benefit to Queensland regions (outside of Brisbane city).

Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland can apply for grants from $500 to $35,000 through the GCBF. This fund is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program, distributing approximately $57 million per year.
The fund allocates grants to not-for-profit community groups, to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) Community Benefit Funds Unit (CBFU) administers the GCBF. We invite all eligible organisations to submit grant applications through the GCBF online grants portal (Opens in new window) . Watch the tutorial videos below before applying through the grants portal.

The outcome of a funding application may be up to 5 months after the closing date.

How to Apply

The GCBF funding guidelines have changed from round 104. Read the guidelines in their new format via the link below.

https://www.justice.qld.gov.au/initiatives/community-grants/guidelines

Important Dates

Round 104 is now open and will close at 11.59pm on 29 February 2020.

The GCBF has 5 funding rounds per year, closing at 11.59pm on:

  • 28 February (29 February in a leap year)
  • 30 April
  • 30 June
  • 31 August
  • 31 October.

Available Funds

The funding limit is between $500 and $35,000.

Eligible Applications

An application is deemed eligible if:

  • it is submitted by an eligible organisation
  • the sponsored entity (if applicable) is supported by an eligible legal entity
  • it demonstrates that it will benefit Queensland communities
  • multiple quotes have been sourced—although the actual quotes don’t need to be submitted with the application.

We may request additional documentation to confirm eligibility.

Other Application Requirements

To receive funding from the GCBF, your organisation must also:

  • have appropriate insurance cover in place, if successful
  • comply with local, state and commonwealth laws and regulations
  • keep copies of all approvals and documents for 7 years to support the application.

We may request extra documentation at any stage of the application process.

Facility Improvements

If you are applying for facility improvements for a building or land that you do not own, you must meet the requirements for the type of land.

If you do not own the land you must have:

  • written approval from the owner to get the proposed improvements
  • sourced quotes from a licensed builder or builder contractor (if applicable by law)
  • ability to demonstrate appropriate tenure as follows.

Organisational Eligibility

There are requirements that your organisation must fulfil to be able to receive funding from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF).

Your organisation must also register on the GCBF online portal as either a legal entity or sponsored entity to be eligible.

Eligible organisations

For your organisation to be eligible, it must meet the requirements of either a legal entity or a sponsored entity.

A legal entity:

  • is incorporated or registered under an Act of Parliament
  • has an active ABN
  • has not-for-profit objectives
  • has a bank account in the name of the legal entity
  • must provide a bank verification form stamped by the organisation’s financial institute.

A sponsored entity:

  • is unincorporated and not registered under an Act of Parliament
  • has not-for-profit objectives
  • may be a local ambulance committee, rural fire brigade or State Emergency Service group.

We may request other documentation to verify eligibility.

While schools are not eligible, parents and citizens associations (P&Cs) and parents and friends associations (P&Fs) can apply.

Registration Requirements

Organisations must review and update their registration details each year as well as when applying.

Registration details that must be updated include:

  • financial position of the organisation (to be taken from your financial statements within the last 2 years)
  • contact details for all persons registered with the organisation.

Failure to update the information listed above by the closing date of the funding round will deem the organisation and application ineligible for that round.

If the sponsored entity does not maintain financial records, you must email cbf@justice.qld.gov.au to let us know before the closing date of the funding round.

Deadly Deals Grant

The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs. This includes supporting the start-up and growth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses (Indigenous businesses) to deliver new products, processes and services, and establishing new industries that will provide the jobs of the future.

The Deadly Deals initiative supports targeted Indigenous businesses and innovators to undertake the next step in the development of a product, process or service that will also:

  • support growth in priority industry areas in Queensland
  • help to diversify the Queensland economy
  • engage and/or benefit regional Queensland
  • create new jobs or career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Funding

Deadly Deals is an initiative to provide successful applicants with up to $100,000 (excluding GST) to progress the development of a product, process or service developed by an Indigenous business to a stage at which they are able to enter the product, process or service into the market or attract follow on funding from other sources to get their product, process or service to market (‘the proposed project’).

The initiative will reimburse successful applicants the cost of achieving a value adding milestone that represents a significant progression in a product, process or service being developed by an Indigenous business.

Objectives

The objectives of the Deadly Deals initiative are to enable successful applicants to:

  • progress the development of their innovative products, process or service created and developed by an Indigenous business.
  • achieve a milestone that represents a significant progression in the development of the product, process or service being developed by the Indigenous businesses.
  • increase the capability of Indigenous businesses to develop successful products, processes and services and to take them to market or secure follow on funding from other sources.

Eligibility Criteria

This is a targeted initiative, only available to applicants who are invited by the Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (DITID) to apply.

To be eligible to apply the applicant organisation must:

  • receive a formal invitation to lodge an application from DITID
  • have previously applied for funding for the proposed project from another funding program and been unsuccessful OR be unable to meet the funding requirements of any currently offered Advance Queensland program
  • be an Indigenous business*
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • be headquartered in Queensland
  • have no more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees
  • not be a subsidiary of a group of companies that has 50 or more full time equivalent employees in total.

The proposed project must be:

  • supported by a Business Plan, Feasibility Study or equivalent documentation; and
  • capable of being completed within 12 months.

* An Indigenous business is defined by the Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy as ‘An Indigenous business is one that is at least 50 per cent or more owned by an Aboriginal person and or a Torres Strait Islander person. It may take the form of a company, incorporated association or trust. For clarity, a social enterprise or registered charity may also be an Indigenous business if it is operating a business’.

Applicants can have previously been awarded Queensland Government funding.

Use of Funding

Deadly Deals initiative funding is a flexible investment to support a key activity that is important for the development of a product, process or service to market.

Deadly Deal initiative funding can only be used to meet the cost of activities that advance a product, process or service to market.

Deadly Deal projects cannot include the following activities:

  • activities involving development or marketing of alcoholic products, gambling, tobacco products, adult services and illicit substances.

Applicant Contribution

Applications involving a cash contribution from the applicant to support the direct project costs will be favourably considered.

Where an application includes an offer by the applicant to commit a cash contribution to the proposed project, the full application must include a declaration from an accountant; Chief Financial Officer; and or relevant third-party contributor.

Assessment Criteria

  1. Innovation

You should demonstrate that:

  • your product, process or service is clearly innovative or supports innovative business activities.
  1. Market potential

You should demonstrate that:

  • you have a sound understanding of potential market/s  for your product, process or service, your product, process or service addresses an identified and significant market / commercial need and there is a clear demand from customers.
  • you can demonstrate the differentiation and/or competitive advantage of your product, process or service
  • your product, process or service has the potential to support or create jobs or is scalable to support job creation.

Any letters of support from customers/potential customers will be favourably considered under this assessment criterion.

  1. Product development and market readiness

You should demonstrate that at the time of your application:

  • the product, process or service requires support to progress to the next stage of development to take the product to market; or
  • the product, process or service requires support to progress to the next stage of development to secure private investment and or follow on funding to take the product to market.
  1. Project planning, feasibility, timeframes and budget feasibility and management capability

You can provide a business plan to demonstrate that:

  • the proposed project is well planned and achievable with key activities, outcomes, expenditure and timeframes identified
  • you have identified how, and to what extent, the proposed project will generate revenue and/or increase sales
  • you:
    – own, or have the rights to commercialise the product, process or service
    – have appropriate measures in place to protect any intellectual property relating to the product, process or service.
  • you have or have access to:
    – technical and management skills and experience
    – infrastructure and funding capacity required to successfully complete the proposed project.
  • key project risks have been identified and risk mitigation plans are in place.
  1. Benefits to Queensland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

You should demonstrate how:

  • the proposed project will directly improve economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the proposed project will provide benefit to Queensland (outside of the benefit to the applicant organisation)
  • the proposed project will contribute to increased employment, both during the project execution and in the longer-term
  • the proposed project has the potential to positively impact a Queensland industry
  • the proposed project will provide benefit to Queensland regions (outside of Brisbane city).

How to Apply

Expressions of Interest should be submitted online via the Advance Queensland website.

As a targeted program, only applicants whose Expression of Interest is assessed as eligible will be invited by DITID to submit a Full Application.

This is a competitive assessment process. DITID will refer eligible Expression of Interest applications to a panel of three independent assessors who will provide a score to determine if an invitation to submit a Full Application will be issued.

Successful applicants will be provided with a Full Application Form to complete and submit with a copy of their Business Plan, Feasibility Study or equivalent documentation.

Application Assessment

All applications will be assessed against eligibility requirements and only eligible applications will be considered for funding support.

All eligible applications will be assessed against the assessment criteria in a merit-based approach by a panel of assessors with relevant expertise.

Applicant organisations may be contacted at any stage of the assessment process to clarify any information provided in the application and/or to request further information to enable a due diligence and probity assessment.

There is no implicit guarantee of approval at any stage in the process, and applicant organisations will be notified via email of the outcome of applications.

The decision to award funding is at the discretion of the Queensland Government and all decisions are final. There is no appeals process for unsuccessful applicants.

(Arts) Individuals Fund

The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

Objectives

  • Propel careers to the next level of professionalism
  • Reward and recognise outstanding individual artists and cultural workers
  • Fast track development of talent and leadership
  • Develop new markets and new audiences for new work
  • Offer significant and inspirational opportunities for professional development and to expand industry networks.

Funding Available

Up to $10,000 per application.

2020 Opening and Closing Dates

Round 1

Opens 28 January and closes 4pm on 7 April 2020, for activities starting on or after 1 July 2020.

Round 2

Dates to be advised.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Individuals Fund documents: guidelines, application form, Terms of Funding, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and Important Information for Applicants.
  2. Apply online submissions through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland’s preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.
  3. If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 531, or email investment@arts.qld.gov.au.

More Information

For more information please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016, 1800 175 531 (toll free), or investment@arts.qld.gov.au.

View previous funding recipients.

View case studies of previous funding recipients.

Arts Acumen is an initiative developed by Arts Queensland, and aims to support individuals and organisations across Queensland by providing resources, information and opportunities to foster knowledge growth, connections and access to industry intelligence. Arts Acumen has been developed in consultation with arts sector individuals, organisations and advisory bodies.

Support for Touring Arts Events – Playing Queensland Fund

The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.
PQF includes support for touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland. A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA).

Objectives

  • Ensure all Queenslanders have access to the arts by supporting high quality performing and visual arts tours taking place in communities across Queensland
  • Increase the number and reach of touring activities
  • Support tours with a strong demonstration of demand
  • Create employment and training opportunities for Queensland artists and arts workers

Frequency

PQF is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time.

Applicants must apply at least 12 weeks before their tour commences.

Funding Streams

Funding is administered across four funding streams to ensure investment is balanced across all art forms and types of applicants, from independent artists and small-to-medium organisations to major performing arts companies.

  • Performing Arts Touring – Individuals and Small-to-Medium sector
  • Performing Arts Touring – Major Performing Arts Organisations (MPAOs)
  • Visual Arts Touring
  • Arts and Education (new stream for touring to schools and regional artists in residence projects)

Eligibility Criteria

PQF applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • demonstrate that the touring product is from Queensland
  • include at least two regional Queensland communities in their touring proposal (or at least one regional location if applying for artists in residence only).

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See PQF guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Playing Queensland Fund documents: guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online.

Data Dictionaries

Data dictionaries provide definitions of measures, calculation methods and counting rules.

Make sure you read the data dictionary for this fund before you start any activities to make sure you collect data in the required way.

Help with Touring

Tours can be self-managed, or negotiated through any Queensland tour coordination service.

arTour offers a range of services available to performing arts presenters and producers, including:

  • collaborations and partnerships
  • brokering new regional, national and international opportunities for Queensland venues and artists
  • a suite of contemporary touring programs and resources, including templates, tips and best practice
  • fee-for-service touring support.

Contact arTour by email at info@artour.com.au or phone 07 3872 9041.

Visual arts applicants may wish to consider engaging specialists for assistance with:

  • developing funding applications, budgets and itineraries
  • exhibition development and logistics(e.g. freighting and crating consultants)
  • venue servicing.

Museums and Galleries Queensland can be contacted by email at information@magsq.com.au or on telephone 07 3059 9740.

Flying Arts Alliance can be contacted by email at info@flyingarts.org.au or on telephone 07 3216 1322.

More Information

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland’s preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email investment@arts.qld.gov.au.

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support, Grant Round 2019/20

About the IVAIS Grant Opportunity

The IVAIS grant opportunity is delivered as:

  • a closed non-competitive grant opportunity for existing IVAIS funded grantees activities; or
  • an open competitive grant opportunity to support new providers and activities.

The IVAIS grant opportunity provides funding to Indigenous visual art centres, industry service organisations, art fairs and arts hubs that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement. The intended outcomes of the IVAIS grant opportunity are:

  • a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.

Available Funding

The Australian Government will provide up to $21.4 million through the IVAIS grant opportunity in 2020-21.

IVAIS closed non-competitive grant opportunity

Approximately $21 million per annum is committed to support existing funded activities. There is no maximum amount for each grant. Funding levels to existing organisations vary depending on the scale and type of activities.

IVAIS open competitive grant opportunity

Approximately $400,000 per annum is earmarked to support new activities. Funding levels for new activities would generally range from $5,000 to $80,000 per annum depending on the scale and type of activity.

IVAIS is designed to provide base-level operational funding and it is expected that grant recipients will generate significant other income through art sales, fundraising activities, other government and philanthropic support.

Important Dates

Closing date and time: Midnight on 16 March 2020

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria are the same for any organisations applying through this grant opportunity. We cannot consider your organisation for a grant if it does not satisfy all the eligibility criteria. To be eligible for an IVAIS grant, your organisation must:

be one of the following entity types:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Corporation registered under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 1
  • an organisation established through specific Commonwealth or State or Territory legislation
  • a company incorporated in Australia
  • a company limited by guarantee
  • an incorporated association
  • a not-for-profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation
  • an Australian local government body
  • State or Territory Government
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be registered for the Goods and Services Tax, if required by the Tax Office and Torres Strait Islander people
  • the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.
  • have no overdue acquittals or serious breaches relating to Australian Government funding. A serious breach is one that has resulted in, or warrants, the termination of a grant agreement.

Assessment Criteria

To receive IVAIS grant funds, you must demonstrate that your organisation, and the artists associated with it, have the expertise to deliver a professional visual art program, as well as appropriate governance, cultural competency, financial management and business planning skills.

Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020

The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants 2020 provides grants from $20,000 to $100,000 for up to two years in duration to foster creativity and inquiry-based learning and to support the development of STEM skills in students and youth in design, engineering and programming through hands-on learning.

Important Dates

Close date: 19 Feb 2020 05:00 PM AEDT

Available Funding

Grants from $20,000 to $100,000.

Who is this for?
STEM-related organisations such as a business or university, to deliver maker projects to students and youth under 18 years of age.

Overview

The Maker Projects: Community STEM Engagement grants aim to foster creativity and inquiry‑based learning and support the development of STEM skills in students and youth under 18 years of age in design, engineering and programming, through hands-on learning. The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • deliver maker projects where students and youth under 18 years of age can develop and apply their STEM knowledge through experimentation, tinkering and hands-on learning by engaging with a range of technologies
  • encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking through the delivery of hands‑on STEM-related events and activities
  • inspire students to pursue STEM disciplines in their study and work
  • ensure that maker projects are accessible to as many young people as possible, including those in regional, rural and disadvantaged areas
  • make a positive sustainable impact on youth under 18 years of age, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, including girls, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and youth living in regional, rural and remote regions.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)

and be one of the following entities:

  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated association
  • an incorporated not for profit organisation
  • a publicly funded research organisation (PFRO) as defined in section 14 of the grant opportunity guidelines.

To be eligible your project must be collaborative in nature and include at least one partner organisation during the life of the project (see section 7.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines). You can partner with organisations such as libraries, private companies, schools, and not-for-profit bodies to deliver collaborative projects.

We recognise some organisations may not be able to nominate a project partner at the time of application. Where you cannot nominate a project partner in your application, you must commit to engaging a project partner in the application form, and provide evidence of a formal partnership as part of your first milestone report.

We cannot waive the eligibility criteria under any circumstances.

Eligible Activities

To be eligible your project must:

  • be aimed at delivering STEM-related activities and events to meet the objectives and outcomes outlined in section 2.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines. Your activities must:
    • be for the benefit of youth under 18 years of age
    • include scientific, technological, engineering or mathematics experts, inventors, innovators or entrepreneurs to work with participants to gain practical knowledge and skills in design, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
    • include either new activities or an expansion to the applicant’s existing business as usual activities.
  • be collaborative in nature and include at least one partner organisation during the life of the project as per section 4.2 of the grant opportunity guidelines
  • have at least $25,000 in eligible expenditure
  • include eligible activities such as those described in section 5.1 of the grant opportunity guidelines and the FAQ.

The Thriving Cohesive Communities Grant Round — Tranche 2 (Stream 3)

The Thriving Cohesive Communities (TCC) grants (tranche 2) provide funding towards projects that enable people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to be included and to actively contribute to their local community. Funded projects will form part of the Queensland Government’s social cohesion program to build cohesive and resilient Queensland communities and to foster a strong sense of belonging for all Queenslanders.

Tranche 2 grants are offered under three (3) funding streams:

Stream 1: Community-led social cohesion planning and action.

Stream 2: Pathways to economic inclusion.

Stream 3: Engaging young people to become global citizens (this Stream).

Important Dates

Applications open: Tuesday, 17 December

Applications close 2:00pm Friday, 28 February 2020

Available Funding

Total funding of up to $210,000 (exc. GST) is available for the period 2019-2021.

Funding of up to $70,000 (exc. GST) per project is available for applications under Engaging young people to become global citizens.

TCC Funding Priorities – Stream 3

This Funding Information Paper supports applicants for Thriving Cohesive Communities funding under Stream 3: Engaging young people to become global citizens.

We can make Queensland communities welcoming for all by enhancing the way people interact with and include individuals, families and groups in their local community. Government and other service providers play an important role in modelling behaviour that promotes an inclusive and equitable society and engenders trust in our leaders and civic institutions. Volunteer community workers drive many of these opportunities on offer for social participation. We can better equip our local frontline workers and influencers by providing them with the understanding and skills to promote social cohesion.

Projects funded under this stream will support implementation of Action 5 of the Thriving Cohesive Communities: Action Plan for Queensland 2019-21 (Stage 2), being to:

assist people in positions of influence with young people to positively engage with them on topics of diversity, inclusion and social cohesion (for example, educators, faith and cultural communities, sporting and interest clubs).

The objectives of engaging young people to become global citizens are to:

  • increase the knowledge and understanding by local groups with a focus on young people of the factors that build and maintain social cohesion.
  • strengthen the skills of identified influencers to effectively lead conversations, face-to-face and on-line, with young people about diversity, inclusion and social cohesion.
  • provide influencers with skills to challenge racist and discriminatory behaviours, stereotypes and narratives.

Eligibility

The following types of organisations can apply for funding under this Thriving Cohesive Communities grant round:

Not-for-profit organisations, including Neighbourhood and Community Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations;

  • Local Government Authorities (LGAs);
  • P&C Associations;
  • Co-operatives;
  • Unincorporated community groups and user-led groups who are auspiced* by an eligible entity.

*If you are not incorporated you can ask an eligible organisation that has operations or delivers services in Queensland to auspice your project. If successful in receiving funding, the auspicing organisation will enter into the funding agreement to receive the funds and submit reports.

Eligible organisations and associations must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) that is not for a commercial entity or individual and have operations or deliver services in Queensland;
  • have no overdue reports, outstanding financial liability, or service delivery or performance issues for funding previously and currently provided by the Queensland Government;
  • hold the appropriate public liability insurance required to undertake the project and all related activities, consisting of a minimum value of $10 million;

What Can Funding Be Used For?

  • Salaries and on-costs for workers to deliver the project;
  • Hire of venues for project-related activities;
  • Project consumables;
  • Purchase of small equipment essential for project delivery;
  • Vehicle mileage for use of vehicles associated with project delivery;
  • Telecommunication, marketing/communication expenses and other administration specific to the TCC project

For more information about the grant, go to https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/resources/dcdss/industry-partners/funding-grants/funding-available/tcc-tranche2-stream3-funding-info-paper.pdf

Business Growth Fund Program

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.

Available Funding

Funding of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible businesses to purchase and implement highly specialised equipment or services, and enable them to move to the next stage of growth.

Successful applicants must provide a co-contribution of between 25% and 50% of the total project cost. The government contribution will be determined by an assessment panel.

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.

Previously the Business Growth Fund considered specialised services in proposals. By exception, we will consider proposals where the business will:

  • engage business consultants or advisors to provide advice (e.g. on business structures and governance, systems improvement, export and commercial negotiations)
  • intellectual property (IP) advice
  • engage an advisory board.

If you wish to apply with a proposed component of specialised services, please seek prior approval by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68), or emailing grants@desbt.qld.gov.au.

Your proposal must have a direct link to increasing employment or contributing to your business’ growth strategy. If your application is successful, a single up-front grant payment will be made directly to the business.

Important Dates

Round 2 is now open and will close for assessment of applications from 17 February 2020.

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.

Who Should Apply

Businesses applying for funding must use the grant 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 processes or systems innovations
  • entering new markets
  • increasing turnover/sales.

 

How You Will Be Assessed

Applications will be evaluated by an assessment panel which includes representatives from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and independent business experts.

Applications will be assessed periodically until funding is exhausted.

Your application will need to meet both the eligibility criteria and demonstrate merit against the assessment criteria, including:

  • the extent to which the project will support the business to reach its high-growth goals
  • potential and likelihood the activity will create jobs growth
  • value for money.

Assessment process

  • All applications are checked for eligibility
  • Eligible applications are considered by the Stage 1 shortlisting panel
  • All applicants will be notified about their eligibility and Stage 1 shortlisting panel outcome
  • Successful applicants will be invited to pitch to the Stage 2 assessment panel (the next assessment panel is due to meet in March 2020)
  • Applications will remain open after this date but will be assessed by a subsequent panel.

Pitching to the Panel

Pitching to the panel is a critical stage in the application process and provides an opportunity to draw out the merits of the proposal, and for panel members to ask relevant questions. If an invitation to pitch is made, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide a strategic overview of their business plan and any other material to support the application.

Where appropriate, teleconferencing or videoconferencing will be used if applicants (or representatives) are unable to attend in person.

Reporting Requirements

Throughout the project, successful applicants will be required to complete several online forms to detail their progress, including:

  • progress reports
  • a final acquittal report on completion of the project.

The final acquittal report should detail the assets or services received, project implementation and the impact on the business, including the results and outcomes achieved.

Businesses will be surveyed 6 months after the completion of the project.