Social Enterprise Grants Program

Social enterprises can be non-profit, for-profit or hybrid businesses that exist to benefit the public and community and are established to address a range of cultural, social and environmental issues.

The Social Enterprise Grants Program will provide assistance between $5,000 to $50,000 to enable social enterprises to access professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing and growing their business, and to assist in testing ideas in the market or using technology to achieve their reach and mission.

Available funding

Funding of between $5,000 and $50,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible social enterprises to engage business consultants, mentors or digital experts to assist them to establish and grow their business and to grow their mission.

If successful, a 50% funding contribution (excluding GST) is provided following completion of your project. The applicant needs to meet the eligibility and assessment criteria to be considered and must provide satisfactory evidence of the project's completion to obtain funding.

The minimum grant funding amount is $5,000 (i.e. the value of the project is at least $10,000) and the maximum grant funding amount is $50,000 (i.e. the value of the project is at least $100,000).

Eligibility criteria

Social enterprises eligible to apply for this grant are those based in Queensland that meet the following definition:

  • led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit
  • trades to fulfil their mission and derive more than 50% of their income from trade
  • and
  • reinvest the majority of any profit/surplus into the fulfilment of their mission.

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • provide evidence (letter prepared by a member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand or the Institute of Public Accountants) that the business does, or intends to, reinvest or give 50% of profit/income generated to fulfil its mission
  • be a social enterprise based in Queensland
  • have a registered business name
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

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

Applying for the grant

Applications have now closed and we are not accepting applications. Information about future grant programs will be available after the new small business strategy is published.

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

Further information

For more information about the grants or advice on your application, phone 1300 654 687 or email grants@desbt.qld.gov.au.

View the 2019–20 Small business grants schedule to help plan your applications for grant rounds.