What is the Facebook Small Business Grants Programme?

The Facebook Small Business Grants Programme is a grant opportunity to help small businesses weather the challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Objectives

The Facebook Small Business Grants Programme aims to help small businesses:

  • keep their workforce going strong
  • with rent and operational costs
  • connect with more customers
  • support their community

 

Funding

Facebook is offering approximately $3 million in grants to approximately 465 eligible small businesses.
Each grant amounts to $6,400 comprising of:

  • $4,000 in cash
  • $2,400 in optional ad credits

 

Eligibility

The Facebook Small Business Grants Programme will provide support to up to 30,000 businesses in more than 30 countries, with approximately 465 Australian businesses expected to benefit.

Here are a few of the requirements to see if your business is eligible to apply for the Facebook Small Business Grants Programme:
  • Be a for-profit company
  • Have between 2 and 50 employees as of 1 January 2020
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Be in a location where Facebook has offices in Australia: Sydney and Melbourne.

Businesses do not need to have a Facebook presence to apply for one of the grants, and Facebook says applicants will need to provide a business registration extract from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

 

Timing

Small businesses in Australia can submit their application between 16-22 September 2020.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications open Australia?

Applications in Australia are open from 16 September 2020 00:00 hours to 22 September 2020 23:59 hours.

What businesses are eligible to apply in Australia?

Businesses in Australia must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to receive a grant:

  • Have experienced challenges from COVID-19
  • Have between 2 and 50 employees as of 1 January 2020
  • Have been in business for over a year
  • Be a for-profit company (sole traders are not eligible)
  • Be in a location where Facebook has offices in Australia: Sydney and Melbourne.

Applicant must satisfy the eligibility requirements and application criteria set out in the application process on the Website, and demonstrate that its business has been adversely affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicant and Representative must also successfully pass various background and verification checks (as further described in the Terms and Conditions [add hyperlink] and Privacy Policy [add hyperlink]) and provide all documentation requested as part of the application on the Website to show proof of business status.

Applicant must not be owned by (either in whole or in part) nor employ any individual who: (i) is an employee or agent of Facebook, Deloitte Risk Advisory Pty Ltd, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated companies, or anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the Grant Program; and/or (ii) has any immediate family or member of their household (including, but not limited to, a spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or in-law) who is an employee or agent of Facebook, Deloitte Risk Advisory Pty Ltd, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated companies, or anyone otherwise connected with the operation or fulfilment of the Grant Program;

Applicant must not be owned or controlled by (either in whole or in part) any individual who: (i) is an official, employee, representative or anyone else acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government, government agency, or other administrative authority or judicial or quasi-judicial body (whether elected or appointed, including for example, legislators, regulators, police, active members of the military, judges, tribunal members, federal, state or local council members), state-owned/controlled enterprises (including for example executives at state-controlled companies), political parties or campaigns, public international organisations (including for example, U.N. officials), and candidates for public office (collectively
“Government Official”); and/or (ii) has any immediate family or member of their household (as defined in paragraph (f) above (a spouse, partner, parent, legal guardian, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, or inlaw)) who are a Government Official; and”.

Applicant must not be focused on any of the following activities: (i) proselytizing; and/or (ii) political lobbying or campaign activities (e.g. on behalf of an active candidate for elected office).

What documents do I need to include in my application?

For applications in Australia you are required to provide:

  • A copy of your entity’s ASIC Registration of Business Name
  • A copy of your business bank statement

The Registration of Business Name for your company should be obtained from ASIC when you registered your company name and details. Further details about your Registration of Business Name can be found at https://asic.gov.au/for-business/updating-your-business-name-details/

We require certain documents in order to verify identity and to carry out legal checks. These are mandatory requirements so unfortunately you will not be able to apply for the grant without them.