Business Basics Grants Program

Program key details
Eligible business size Small businesses
Status

Closed
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Submitted applications are undergoing compliance checks prior to assessment

Opening date This grant opened at 9.30am, 31 May 2021
Closing date31 May 2021
Key documents

Application tracker

100% of the total number of applications required for competitive assessment
3000 applications submitted

Correct as of: 12.39pm AEST on Monday, 31 May 2021

This grant is now closed.

This grant program is competitively assessed. Not all applications will be funded.

The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.

This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

  1. Training and coaching
  2. Website build or upgrades
  3. Professional business advice
  4. Strategic marketing services
  5. Business continuity and succession.

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

Available funding

You may be eligible for a single up-front fixed grant payment of $5,000 (excluding GST).

The grant is for funding activities from the above 5 priorities.

We will not fund activities with either:

  • 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).

Training and coaching

  • Business development, marketing, human resources or business planning topics
  • Training or coaching

Website build or upgrades

  • Website build or upgrade (including website refresh)
  • Adding e-commerce
  • Developing new website content

Professional business advice

  • Business plans

Strategic marketing services

  • Strategic marketing plans including search engine optimisation advice

Business continuity and succession

  • Business continuity or succession plans
  • Cybersafety training and tools

We will not fund:

  • activities bought using cryptocurrencies, barter, or services in-kind
  • general business operating costs (e.g. bookkeeping or accounting, tax returns)
  • real estate/property, hire, lease, or rental fees
  • goods, services, or fees from related parties (include companies with common shareholdings or directors, employees or immediate family)
  • travel
  • franchise fees
  • purchase of stock
  • GST, registration, and fees
  • maintenance of existing digital technologies
  • computer hardware (e.g. computer servers, PCs, tablets/iPads, mobile phones)
  • activities purchased via direct selling (e.g. by party plan or network marketing)
  • delivery, credit card and transaction fees
  • memberships and joining fees
  • salaries
  • fleet vehicles
  • website hosting
  • advertising campaign delivery (e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses).

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, your business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $300,000 or less for the current financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Application process

This grant is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Notification of the grant opening was provided on 17 May 2021.

Note: This grant program is competitively assessed. Not all applications will be funded.

Detailed application process

This grant is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications submitted in person, via email or post will be ineligible.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • a certified statutory declaration from the business's owner or director stating the business
    • does not have a turnover exceeding $300,000 per annum
    • meets all grant eligibility criteria
  • supplier quotes (no more than 2) detailing who will undertake the project work, description of services, and outline key activities.

Following closure of the round, we run a competitive assessment process.

We will advise all applicants of the outcome of their grant application. Successful applicants will receive an approval letter outlining the funding agreement.

Grant recipients enter into a funding agreement with us and receive a single upfront grant payment of $5,000 (excluding GST).

Recipients must start their grant-funded activity within 1 month of receiving their approval letter.

Recipients must complete their grant-funded activity within 4 months of receiving their approval letter.

You must keep all application evidence, supplier quotes, corresponding invoices and bank transactions for audit purposes.

Recipients will be surveyed within 6 months after completion of the grant program.

Refer to the application guidelines for a comprehensive overview of each stage of the application process.

More information

For more information about the program, read the key documents:

View our small business grants schedule or use our coronavirus (COVID-19) business assistance finder to learn what other support you may be eligible for.

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Contact us

For further information about the program, email basics@desbt.qld.gov.au or contact the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687.