Small Business Digital Grants Program

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Available funding

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The minimum grant funding is $1,000. The business must show how the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Applicants must not begin the project or pay for the product(s) or service(s), in part or full, without confirmation that the project has been approved.

Who should apply

All Queensland-based small businesses can apply. The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased will enhance the digital capabilities of the business and help them to be more competitive.

The business must be in a financial position to pay for the approved product(s) and or service(s) in full, before being reimbursed for the grant amount.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners or directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business.

Guidelines

For more information about the program, read the Round 4 application guidelines and terms and conditions.

How to apply

Round 4 has now closed and we are not accepting applications.

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Assessment process

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applications were prioritised on:

  • the impact the digital technology or service will have on the business (measured by revenue growth, increase in gross profit, time savings, employment outcomes)
  • the extent to which the digital technology or service will enhance the digital capabilities of the business to make the business more competitive
  • the potential and likelihood the activity will deliver jobs growth
  • value for money.

Grant payments

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be reimbursed 50% of the total project cost, up to the approved grant funding amount.

To receive reimbursement, applicants must:

  • complete and submit an acquittal report through SmartyGrants
  • issue a valid tax invoice to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • submit copies of supplier invoices and proof of purchase for the total project cost.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, read the application guidelines or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).