Business Boost Grants Program

Program key details
Eligible business size Small businesses
Status

Open


Note: This grant is expected to close shortly

Opening date 30 July 2021 at 9am
Closing date

Applications close when we receive sufficient applications for a competitive assessment.


Note: This grant program is competitively assessed. Not all applications will be funded. The grant may close quickly due to demand. Only completed applications will be considered—refer to the application tracker for the current status

Key documents
Program key details
Eligible business size Small businesses
Status

Closed – subscribe to the Small Business Connect newsletter to keep up to date with the latest information for Queensland small businesses.

Round 1 outcomes have been finalised

Opening date 30 July 2021 at 9am
Closing date 9.40am AEST on Friday, 30 July 2021
Key documents

Round 1 documents

Round 1 of the program is closed.

The Business Boost grants program provides support to businesses to advance improvements in their efficiency and productivity.

This support includes funded activities in 3 project areas:

  1. Future planning
  2. Specialised and automated software
  3. Staff management, development and planning.

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

Available funding

You may be eligible to receive a grant payment of $15,000 (excluding GST) on completing your proposed project.

Successful applicants must co-contribute at least 30% of the total project costs.

Grant funding will be paid only after compliant acquittal documentation is received.

We will not fund projects with:

  • a total cost of less than $10,715 (excluding GST)
  • or
  • payments made before the approval date (you must be approved before you pay for grant-funded project activities).

The table below shows the breakdown of total project costs and the co-contribution amounts.

MinimumMaximum

Total project costs (excluding GST)

$10,715$21,429*

Your contribution (at least 30% of total project costs)

$3,215 $6,429*
Grant funding (post project) $7,500 $15,000

*Your project can cost more than $21,429 but the maximum amount DESBT will contribute is $15,000.

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 registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of between $300,000 (minimum) and $600,000 (maximum) in the last financial year (2020–21)
  • have a publicly reachable web presence to identify business operations (e.g. business website and/or social media pages)
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Application process

Applications are now open.

Note: This grant is expected to close shortly.

Applications will close when enough applications are received for competitive assessment.

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

The grant may be in high demand, you should monitor the application tracker and apply below. All applications must be completed and every question validated prior to submission.

Application process

This grant is now closed.

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

Step 1: Online application

You must complete an online application in the DESBT SmartyGrants portal.

Your application must include the following documents:

  • a certified statutory declaration from the business's owner or director stating the business:
    • has a turnover of between $300,000 (minimum) and $600,000 (maximum) per annum
    • meets all grant eligibility criteria
  • supplier quotes (no more than 2) detailing description and costs of services, who will undertake the project or activity, and an outline of key services and output.

Step 2: Assessment

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

Step 3: Outcomes

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

Step 4: Funding agreement

Grant recipients enter into a funding agreement with DESBT.

Step 5: Recipients complete their project

Recipients must complete their project within 12 months of receiving their approval letter.

Step 6: Acquittal report, grant payment and survey

Recipients must complete and submit an acquittal report. Recipients must keep all application evidence, supplier quotes, corresponding invoices and bank transactions for acquittal purposes.

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

How to apply

  1. Read the key documents:
  2. Check your eligibility.
  3. Prepare your documentation:
    • a certified statutory declaration from the business's owner or director stating the business:
      • had a turnover between $300,000 and $600,000 in the last financial year (2020–2021)
      • meets all grant eligibility criteria
    • supplier quotes (no more than 2) detailing who will undertake the project work, description of services, and an outline of key activities.

Apply now

How to apply

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

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

Request a review

Round 1 applicants

How to submit a Review of Decision request

All Review of Decision requests must be submitted in writing to boost@desbt.qld.gov.au with the email subject clearly titled APPEAL REQUEST plus your unique grant application ID.

Read more about the round 1 review process.

You must lodge the Review of Decision request within 28 business days1 of receiving DESBTs original written decision about your application.

When making your request to DESBT, include the following:

  • your unique grant number (for example: BBASxxxx, BBOOXX or BGFXX)
  • detailed grounds on why you believe the original decision should be overturned
  • information on how you meet the specific eligibility criteria that DESBT considers have not been met
  • any critical information that you believe has been overlooked in your original application (Note: Applicants will not have an opportunity to submit any additional information or evidence)
  • any additional information requested by DESBT that supports your reasoning and assists the financial delegate to make a decision about your request
  • your contact details so we can further discuss your request for a review.

1Business days are counted based on a standard South East Queensland calendar (public holidays are not considered business days).

DESBT will carry out its review based on the information you include with your request. All program eligibility criteria must be met for an original decision to be overturned.

More information

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.

You can also subscribe to the Small Business Connect newsletter to keep up to date with the latest information for Queensland small businesses.

Contact us

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