Small Business Week Grants Program

The Small Business Week Grants program provides funding support to Queensland individuals or organisations who are seeking to host their own event as part of Queensland Small Business Week (QSBW) 2019 from Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019.

The objectives of the Small Business Week Grants Program are to:

  • provide a platform for collective investigation of local small business community concerns and solutions specific to an area or locality
  • empower local small business communities to come together to learn from experts and specialists in areas relevant to their sector or region
  • enable local leadership in small business communities.

The fund will enable the individual or organisation to offset the costs incurred by delivering events and activities that provide transformative impacts for small businesses.

Applications for the Small Business Week Grants are now closed.

Funding

Funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available as a reimbursement for eligible individuals or organisations to host an event that creates an educational and/or collaborative community experience as part of QSBW 2019.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the individual or organisation must:

  • hold an event or activity during QSBW 2019, Monday 27 May to Friday 31 May 2019
  • have Queensland headquarters/residency
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Where necessary you must hold public liability insurance of up to $10 million.

You must also be in a financial position to pay up-front for the approved product(s) and or service(s) in full. If successful, approved applicants will then be reimbursed after submitting supplier invoices and proof of purchase.

The participant must also complete an evaluation detailing the success of the event, attendee statistics and feedback.

Applying for the grant

Applications for the Small Business Week Grants have now closed.

Assessment process

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, priority may be given to activities that focus on supporting:

  • regional/rural small businesses
  • social enterprises
  • small business skills development (e.g. agile leadership, financial literacy)
  • priority sectors (agriculture, construction industry, professional services)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses
  • young people in business (under 30 year-olds who are business intenders, entrepreneurs or running their own small business)
  • women in business.

Grant payments

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be reimbursed the approved grant funding amount.

To receive reimbursement, applicants must:

  • confirm the activity took place during QSBW 2019 (27–31 May 2019) as approved
  • complete and submit an acquittal report through SmartyGrants
  • submit a completed evaluation form
  • provide a final budget supported by invoices showing actual costs incurred
  • submit evidence of payment (e.g. an official tax receipt)
  • provide bank account details for the approved applicant.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, refer to the application guidelines, email QSBW@desbt.qld.gov.au, or phone (07) 3333 5406.