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Small Business Month Grants Program

The Small Business Month Grants program provides funding support to Queensland individuals or organisations who are seeking to host their own event, project or initiative as part of Queensland Small Business Month (QSBM) 2020 from Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2020.

The objectives of the Small Business Month 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, projects and initiatives that provide transformative impacts for small businesses.

Available funding

Funding of up to $5,000 (excluding GST) is available as a reimbursement for eligible individuals or organisations to host an event, project or initiative that creates an educational and/or collaborative community experience as part of QSBM 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the individual or organisation must:

  • hold an event, project or initiative during QSBM 2020 (Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2020)
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) with a main business location in Queensland
  • have Queensland-based headquarters and/or residency in Queensland
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt; and where necessary, have public liability insurance of at least $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, project or initiative, and include attendee statistics and feedback.

Apply for the grant

The Small Business Month Grants Program has now closed and we are not accepting applications.

This grant will not open again in 2020. However, information about future grant programs will be available after the new small business strategy is published.

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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 businesses 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 QSBM 2020 (1–31 May 2020) 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 more information about the program and application process, read the application guidelines, phone (07) 3025 6478 or email QSBM@desbt.qld.gov.au.

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