Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program

The Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program provides new small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business.

Available funding

Matched funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach to help establish or develop the business. The advice must fall under 1 or more of the following areas:

  • professional business, tax, computing, legal or financial (accounting) advice
  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • market research and marketing strategies, including branding strategies and social media/digital strategies.

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service. The value of the grant payment will be increased to compensate for any GST.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the business must:

The participating business must provide a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business.

What we won't fund

The grant is specifically aimed at funding businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach. We will not fund the following activities:

  • fees for services provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or directorship with the applicant, and employees or immediate family of the applicant)
  • franchise fees or related costs
  • direct-selling businesses – where sales of another business's goods or services are made in the customer's home, work or other meeting place through methods such as party plan
  • purchase of assets, such as stock
  • salaries
  • general business operating costs (including bookkeeping/accounting and tax returns)
  • search engine optimisation (SEO), Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses
  • retrospective payments for expenses already incurred or work already undertaken
  • subscriptions, including cloud (software) services.

Important dates

Round 1 has now closed.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

Guidelines

Read the following:

How to apply

We are currently not accepting applications.

When applying, refer to the application guidelines and term and conditions.

How you will be assessed

All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria. Further assessment will include:

  • the extent to which the service will support establishment and development of the business
  • the extent to which the service will enhance the owner's skills and abilities
  • potential business improvements
  • value for money.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, refer to the application guidelines or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).