Great News!

New small business digital grants are on the way!

Yep that’s right! QLD Gov have just announced a new round of Business Basics Grants. This is a great program that provides a single upfront payment of $5000 for startups, micro, and small businesses in Queensland to enhance their digital presence.

I am proud to have assisted dozens of clients in successful outcomes in Rounds 1 & 2 which were available in 2021. Here is a quick guide on the most need-to-know info!

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Am I eligible?

Remember, these are targeted at growing *small* businesses so your turnover is key. Here’s a quick rundown of the eligibility. An eligible applicant must:

  • not have been approved for funding under Round 1 or 2 of the Business Basics grants program
  • have fewer than 20 employees

  • have an active ABN and be registered for GST

  • have headquarters in Queensland

  • have an expected turnover of $300,000 or less for the current financial year
  • not have owners/directors that are insolvent or bankrupt


How can I use the funds?

The goal of these grants is to help businesses increase core skills and adopt best practices.

These are great for startups who haven’t had a chance to develop their online presence or small businesses who need some professional marketing to help them compete and scale.

The *official* wording

  • Training and coaching
  • Website build or upgrades
  • Professional business advice
  • Strategic marketing services
  • Business continuity and succession.

In simple terms:

  • New Website
  • Website Redesign
  • Adding an Online Store
  • Blog Content
  • Social Media Content
  • Digital Training

Read the fine print!

There are a few key requirements that you need to be aware of. QLD Gov will not fund activities with:

  • a total cost of less than $5,000 (excluding GST)
  • payments made before the approval date (you must be approved before you pay for grant-funded activities).

To explain in a simple way, you need to be prepared to cover at least $500 yourself (the GST amount). This amount may vary if we prepare a project above the $5000 minimum. It also means that we can’t start the project until approval and payment is received. There is no clear outline of when the outcomes are released. In my experience, it takes 8-12 weeks to receive approval.

The grant process

Get organised ASAP

These grants are highly competitive and often reach capacity within hours of launching. This means your application needs to be 100% ready by the time grants open to ensure you have a a chance of submitting it in time.

I have a lot of experience with these grants and have tailored packages to suit their requirements. Come in for an obligation free chat to make a plan for your application!

Time to get ready!
Grant Applications open 9am on 4 May 2022