Business Basics Grants

Business Basics Grants

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.



If successful, applicants will receive upfront fixed grant funding of $5,000 (excluding GST). The grant is for funding activities in one of the five priorities outlined above. Successful applicants do not have to co-contribute to this grant however successful applicants must pay for any related expenses in excess of the $5,000 grant funding.


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.

Applicants who have been successful in Round 1 cannot apply for this round.



Round 2 will close when sufficient applications are received for competitive assessment.


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