There are a wide range of grants programs that are available to assist business in various stages of their life cycle.
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An overview of currently open business grants are listed below
Business Development Fund
The Business Development Fund is part of Advance Queensland and helps Queensland businesses commercialise cutting edge research, or innovative ideas, products and services. By focusing on the growth of innovative businesses, particularly in emerging industries, the Fund supports the creation of high value, knowledge-based and skilled jobs now and into the future.
This program is an early stage investment fund for emerging and high growth Queensland businesses, to help turn their ideas and innovation into commercial reality.
Available Funding: Between $125,000 - $2.5M
Closing date: Currently open
Ignite Ideas Fund
Ignite Ideas Fund provides grants of up to $200,000 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.
The Ignite Ideas Fund aims to:
- strengthen key industries in Queensland
- diversify the Queensland economy
- compete in global markets
- engage and/or benefit regional Queensland
- create new jobs
Available Funding: Up to $200,000
Closing date: Expression of Interest round closes 14 October 2019
Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund
The Ignite Ideas Fund provides grants to support startups and small to medium Queensland businesses to commercialise innovative products, processes or services that have reached minimum viable product stage and have market potential.
Expected opening date: September 23
Manufacturing Modernisation Fund
The Manufacturing Ideas Fund provides small and medium manufacturing enterprises with co-funding of between $50,000 and $1,000,000 for capital investments and associated reskilling to modernise manufacturing processes, adopt new technologies, become more productive and create jobs.
Closing date: 31 October 2019
Three information sessions will be held in Brisbane on Tuesday 24 September. Register here
Small Business Digital Grants Program
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.
Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST)
This grant opens on November 11
Business Growth Fund
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.
Available Funding: Matched funding up to $50,000
Closing date: 30 August 2019
Rural Economic Development Grants
Rural Economic Development Grants Scheme will fund projects which provide unique opportunities to generate economic and employment opportunities related to primary production across rural Queensland.
Example projects eligible under the scheme could include the development of new products or markets, or improved business processe where such investment creates employment.
Available Funding: Up to a maximum of $250,000.
Closing Date: Expressions of Interest close 6 September, 2019
Entrepreneurs' Programme - Accelerating Commercialisation
The Entrepreneurs' Programme is the Australian Government’s flagship initiative for business competitiveness and productivity.
An initiative of the Entrepreneurs' Programme, the Accelerating Commercialisation Program, provides funding to help small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers to commercialise novel products, services and processes.
Available funding: This grant provides projects up to 50% of the expenditure to a maximum of $250,000 for commercialisation offices and eligible partner entities
$1 million for all other applicants.
Closing date: This is an on-going programme.
Jobs and Regional Growth Fund
The Jobs and Regional Growth Fund provides one-off financial assistance in either direct grants or relief of state charges. Financial assistance is provided for the following:
- projects that require direct and immediate assistance to help early stage development such as feasibility studies
- greater assistance for more developed businesses to expedite or facilitate expansion of operations
- development of common user infrastructure opportunities that underpin the development of multiple projects
Available funding: Financial assistance ranging from $100,000 to over $10M is available.
Applications are assessed against an appropriate set of criteria, and the type and level of assistance is determined on a case by case basis.
Cyber Security Small Business Program
Businesses are able to apply for up to $2,100 in funding to get their cyber security tested under the Cyber Security Small Business Program. This test will determine business risks and identify areas that need attention.
Businesses with 19 or fewer employees will be eligible to apply for the grants, with applications open for the next two years or until all the funding is committed.
Regional Arts Development Fund
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Noosa Shire Council to support the development of local arts and culture. It supports local arts and cultural development opportunities by providing one-off, short-term, project-based financial assistance.
RADF now accepts applications from businesses seeking funding for creative projects. Other criteria also apply.
Available funding: Up to $5000
Closing date: The next grant round is 12 August - 19 September 2019.