The Palaszczuk Government has launched Queensland Small Business Month with three new grants programs worth $25 million over two years – making Queensland the place to be for small business.
More than $180 million in Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants have already been paid to more than 20,300 small businesses.
The type of grants and application process itself are all a direct result of feedback from small businesses reviewed by the Queensland Government.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and are a vital part of the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery plan to get more Queenslanders into jobs,” Di Farmer, Minister for Employment and Small Business, said this week.
“We want it to be easier to do business with the Government here in Queensland.”
2021’s theme for Small Business Month is bounce back better . Post COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns and restrictions, these new grants will assist more businesses to recover and pursue opportunities to grow and employ more people.
Minister Farmer said the grants will target specific groups within the sector and continue to deliver on the Government’s election commitments to small business.
The grants are as follows:
- Business Basics – will offer grant funding up to $5000 to new and emerging businesses to increase core capabilities and adopt current best practice.
- Business Boost- will support established small businesses up to $15,000 and help to improve efficiency and productivity through organisational development and upgrades through automated software and CRM systems.
- Business Growth Fund- will help evolving and fast growing small and medium sized businesses up to $50,000. This is to allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities.
Early May has also been an important deadline for many small businesses with the Queensland Check-in app now compulsory for our cafés and restaurants.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s handling of COVID-19 has seen a faster recovery for the Queensland economy and the check-in app is another important tool,” Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts, said this week.
“Queensland businesses have done a great job with more than 31,000 businesses registering for the app by the May 1 deadline – there have been more than 17.3 million check-ins using the app.
“Businesses can get a Check-In Qld app guide and information pack, and we also provide a dedicated team to support them through the registration process via phone and email.
“Business owners and patrons have told us the app is easy to use, and quicker, as people only need to enter their contact details into the app once.
“In late March, we saw two COVID-19 clusters emerge within the greater Brisbane region and this served as a reminder of the importance of contact tracers having rapid access to reliable, relevant, legible and timely information.
“We can all celebrate this vibrant sector through our purchases, and I encourage everyone to support their local small businesses.”
For further information about Queensland Small Business Month events visit www.business.qld.gov.au or call 1300 654 687.
Key Dates to Know
Guidelines/FAQs available – 17 May 2021
Applications open – 31 May
Guidelines FAQs/available – mid July 2021
Applications open – late July 2021
Business Growth Fund
Guidelines/FAQs available – 1 May 2021
Eligibility tool available – 5 May 2021
Applications open – 11 May 2021
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