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 Office of Small Business (OSB), Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games (DTESB) has made these grants available to help eligible businesses be in a stronger position to respond to competition and grow into globally competitive businesses through utilising new technologies.
The objectives of the program are to:
- assist small businesses to access the latest digital technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness
- enable small businesses to employ more staff and grow to medium-size businesses
- provide access to training to allow small businesses to use new technologies more effectively
- generate improved business confidence and increase business sustainability
- enable regional small businesses to expand their market reach through an online presence
- assist small businesses to work smarter, be more innovative and work fewer hours
- create an environment that makes it easier to do business.
Matched funding of up to $10 000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services. Up to 20 per cent of the applicant’s co-contribution amount can be an in-kind element for their personal time being trained in new technologies.
The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.
- digital marketing and social media
- digital content (web pages, mobile apps, media etc.)
- receiving payments or selling online
- specialised digital technology or software (business specific)
- digital planning and advice / training
All Queensland-based small businesses can apply.
To be eligible the business must:
- have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
- have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland-based operations
- declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.
The participating business must provide OSB with a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business. Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.
Only one application will be accepted from an individual ABN or business address.
Applications close 8 October 2018.