Up to $10,000 is available from Small Business Digital Grants for small businesses to purchase hardware, software and services such as digital coaching.
Small Business Digital Grants Program
The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities.
The Queensland Government, through the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, provides support to small business through a wide range of programs. This program contributes financial support for businesses to improve digital capabilities, work smarter and take advantage of online business opportunities.
The program aims to see small business:
- access the latest digital technologies to increase their confidence, productivity and competitiveness
- to grow to medium-size businesses, expand market reach and employ more Queenslanders
- upskill and train business owners and staff and benefit from new technologies
- to work smarter, be more innovative and work fewer hours
- create an environment that makes it easier to do business.
If successful, a 50% funding contribution of up to $10 000 (excluding GST) is provided following completion of your proposal/ implementation of your project. The applicant needs to meet the eligibility and assessment criteria to be considered. The applicant must provide satisfactory evidence of the project’s completion to obtain funding. The minimum grant funding amount is $1 000 (i.e. the value of the project is at least $2 000).
Projects proposed in your application must clearly demonstrate how the product or service will significantly enhance the digital capabilities of the business and how they will impact on the growth of the business (be more competitive and employ more staff). Note your expected growth must be realistic and probable. You may be asked to provide evidence in this regard.
The digital technology or service must fall under one of four identified priority areas:
- receiving payments or selling online
- digital planning, digital marketing strategy development, and digital training
- specialised digital technology and/or business specific software
- content development (web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
All small businesses with a Queensland based headquarters can apply. The business must show how the proposal will enhance the digital capabilities of the business and help them to be more competitive.
To be eligible for this grant, the business must:
- have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
- have a Queensland headquarters
- have a turnover of $2 million or less for the last financial year
- not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.
Only one application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business for consideration under each round.
Applications close 26 June 2019.