Business Basics Grants

Business Basics Grants Program

What is the Business Basics Grants?

The Business Basics Grants is a program that provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.



The Business Basics Grants includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

  • Training and coaching
  • Website build or upgrades
  • Professional business advice
  • Strategic marketing services
  • Business continuity and succession

The program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).



The expected outcomes of the grants program are to:

  • increase confidence for business owners across core skills;
  • boost turnover, profit, and employment; and
  • improve business survivability and resilience.



For Round 3 there are 2 funding streams based on what Local Government Area (LGA) eligible businesses are headquartered. These LGAs are grouped into either South East Queensland or regional Queensland.

You may be eligible for a single up-front fixed grant payment of $5,000 (excluding GST).

The grant is for funding activities from the above 5 priorities.


Eligible Projects

DESBT will fund the following eligible activities:

  • Training and coaching
    • Business development, marketing, human resources or business planning topics
    • Training/coaching
  • Website build/upgrades
    • Website build or upgrade (including website refresh)
    • Adding ecommerce
    • Developing new website content
  • Professional business advice
    • Business plans
  • Strategic marketing services
    • Strategic marketing plans including search engine optimisation advice
  • Business continuity and succession
    • Business continuity or succession plans
    • Cybersafety training and tools


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible, your business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees (by head count) at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an active Australian business number (ABN) and be registered for goods and services tax (GST)
  • have a Queensland headquarters and be based in regional Queensland
  • have a turnover of $300,000 or less for the last financial year (2020-21)
  • not have been approved for funding under Round 1 of the Business Basics program
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

The applying business must be able to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • a certified statutory declaration from the business’ owner or director stating the business: has an expected turnover of $300,000 or less in the last financial year (2020-21) and meets all grant eligibility criteria; and
  • supplier quotes (no more than 2) detailing description and costs of services, who will undertake the activity, and an outline of key activities.

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business for consideration at any one time.

Application submissions or answers from third parties are ineligible.



Round 3 applications now open and will close when sufficient applications have been received for competitive assessment.


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