Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program
Applications open for regional Queensland businesses
We are still accepting applications from businesses in regional Queensland.
Check your eligibility, and follow the information below on how to apply.
South East Queensland is now closed
New applications are no longer being accepted from South East Queensland businesses.
Track the progress of your application via QRIDA by emailing email@example.com or phoning 1800 623 946.
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.
Regional funding applications
To be a 'regional business', your principal place of business must be in a local government area within Queensland that is not identified as a South East Queensland (SEQ) location.
Use the eligibility tool to find out if your business is in SEQ or a regional local government area.
If you have an application in the QRIDA system, you can access your application using the QRIDA portal.
Identifying if you are a regional or South East Queensland business
You are a 'regional business' if your principal place of business is in a local government area within Queensland that is not identified as a South East Queensland (SEQ) location.
You are in a SEQ location if your principal place of business is located in 1 of these local government areas:
- Brisbane City Council
- City of Gold Coast
- Ipswich City Council
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
- Logan City Council
- Moreton Bay Regional Council
- Noosa Shire Council
- Redlands City Council
- Scenic Rim Regional Council
- Somerset Regional Council
- Sunshine Coast Council
- Toowoomba Regional Council.
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.
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.
What won't be funded
These activities will not be funded under this program:
- applications with a total cost less than $2,000 – all your proposed activities or quotes and invoices must be eligible and be a total of $2,000 or more
- business costs otherwise supported by other Queensland and Commonwealth Government financial assistance measures
- salaries or wage expenses for your employees, including superannuation or WorkCover
- services delivered in-kind (grant funding will only cover services paid for via a financial transaction)
- purchase of business assets, such as stock or fleet vehicles/machinery
- fees for services and/or goods provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or directorship with the applicant, and employees or immediate family of the applicant)
- direct-selling businesses (where sales of another business' goods or services are made in the customer's home, work or other meeting place through methods such as party plan and network marketing)
- goods or services purchased, or any payments made, prior to 23 March 2020.
All invoices or quotes from suppliers will be checked to determine if they are genuine (e.g. supplier has as active ABN and the invoices or quotes have not been altered in any way).
Applying small and micro businesses must meet the eligibility and assessment criteria to be considered for funding.
How to apply
Round 2 for regional Queensland is open and we are still accepting applications.
You will need to apply online via the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority's (QRIDA) application portal.
If you are a regional Queensland business, apply by completing the following steps.
- Check your eligibility to:
- find out if you are eligible to apply for round 2
- confirm your regional business location (Note: New applications are now closed for SEQ businesses).
- Read the application guidelines, terms and conditions, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and application tips.
- Gather your supporting documentation.
- Click on the Apply button below to:
- create a QRIDA business profile (note: this will be different to any SmartyGrants profile you may have used for round 1 or other small business grant applications)
- complete the online application and upload your supporting documentation.
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.
Funding will be paid upon approval of your grant application. Applicants will have 6 months to complete their projects and must acquit the total amount of funding received.
Grant recipients may be subjected to a random audit by the Queensland Government (or its representatives) to ensure that the information provided is true and correct. Where it is found that false or misleading information has been provided, penalties may apply, including refunding some or all of the grant funding.
Request a review
The round 1 review process has now closed and we are no longer accepting new review applications.
Read more about the round 1 review process.
If your round 2 application has not been successful, you may request a review of the decision.
Information to submit when requesting a review
When you email your written request, you must provide QRIDA with adequate information outlining your reasons for requesting a review including:
- your reason(s) for review
- information on how you meet the specific scheme eligibility criteria that QRIDA considers have not been met
- any critical information that was not included in your original application or that you believe has been overlooked
- any additional information requested by QRIDA that supports your reasoning and assists QRIDA Chief Executive Officer to make a decision about your request.
Email your review request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Round 1 applicants
Round 1 grant recipients must complete an acquittal survey on completion of their project. The purpose of the acquittal survey is to:
- confirm funds were spent consistent with the round 1 application guidelines and the overall intent of the program
- provide information on how the grant has supported your business.
To complete the acquittal survey:
- login to SmartyGrants
- click the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the page
- complete the acquittal survey form.
You are NOT required to submit invoices/receipts as part of the acquittal survey. You should retain copies of these documents as you may be required to provide them on request.
We are not able to provide, however you may vary projects to purchase other items or services that are eligible under round 1 application guidelines.
To request a variation for your round 1 project email email@example.com with details of your variation request including copies of quotes/invoices/receipts for eligible items.
For more information about this grant, contact:
- Round 1 – email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 654 687
- Round 2 programs – email email@example.com or phone 1800 623 946.
Check your eligibility
Round 2 for South East Queensland is closed and we are not accepting applications.
Round 2 for Regional Queensland is open and we are still accepting applications.
- Last reviewed: 19 Feb 2021
- Last updated: 4 Mar 2021