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 for up to 3 months to help establish or develop the business. The minimum grant funding amount is $1,000.

The advice must fall under 1 or more of the following areas:

  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • professional business advice (i.e. information technology (IT), legal or financial)
  • marketing strategy development (i.e. branding strategies, social media/digital strategies, market research).

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last 4 years
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

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:

  • project proposals delivered over a timeframe longer than 3 months
  • projects with a total cost less than $2,000, as the minimum grant funding amount provided is $1,000
  • travel costs for any party
  • services delivered in-kind (funding will only cover services paid for via a financial transaction)
  • fees for services provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or a 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 and network marketing)
  • purchase of assets, such as stock
  • salaries
  • general business operating costs (including bookkeeping/accounting and tax returns)
  • paid advertising campaigns (i.e. Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses). The grant can cover the development of a marketing strategy but not the actual advertising cost
  • retrospective payments for expenses already incurred prior to grant funding approval date or work already undertaken.

Important dates

Round 3 has now closed and we are not accepting applications.

Guidelines

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Application process

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Assessment process

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

  • the extent to which the services supported establishment and development of the business
  • the extent to which the services enhanced the owner's skills and abilities
  • potential business improvements
  • 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, refer to the application guidelines, email grants@dtesb.qld.gov.au, or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68).