What is the Social Enterprise Development Grants?
The Social Enterprise Development Grants is a program that provides funding to approved projects to support newly established or early stage Queensland social enterprises to build capability and capacity, and increase business resilience and confidence.
Skills are a critical focus area of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan. An additional $200 million over four years is allocated for the Future Skills Fund. The 2020-21 State Budget committed $8 million overtwo years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF).
As part of the SEJF, $3 million is being delivered through development and growth grant programs to build the capability and capacity of the sector.
The Social Enterprise Development Grants program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT). The aim of this grant is to fund projects that support newly established or early stage Queensland-based social enterprises to increase their capability, capacity and confidence, and build business resilience and sustainability.
In 2022-23, $600,000 will be made available for the Social Enterprise Development Grants program.
Funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible applicants to purchase equipment and resources, or access business services, to build a solid business foundation for the social enterprise.
The Social Enterprise Development Grants program will fund activities and/or expenditure integral to achieving the project outcomes, including:
- production equipment (e.g. catering, manufacturing)
- digital equipment and systems (e.g. point of sale, 3D printers)
- consumables, resources or materials (e.g. stock/inventory) specific to a business development opportunity
- training or coaching programs to develop business skills and knowledge (e.g. corporate governance, financial management, social impact measurement, investment readiness)
- business and strategic planning (e.g. legal, accounting or financial advice/planning and industry advisors)
- marketing strategies including branding and market research (content or implementation costs/activities are permitted but not advertising costs)
- website development or upgrades
Funding is available to support newly established or early stage Queensland social enterprises to build capability and capacity, and increase business resilience and confidence.
Funding may be provided for eligible applicants to purchase equipment and resources, or access business services, to support a solid business foundation for the social enterprise.
The program supports sector intermediary organisations or significant ecosystem developers with experience in building the skills, capability and capacity of social enterprises.
Such intermediaries may include:
- incubator and accelerator program providers
- social entrepreneurs
- social enterprise networks
- research providers
- academic institutions.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- have a current Australian business number (ABN)
- have operated for longer than 18 months but less than 3 years
- not have previously received grant funding under recent social enterprise grant programs
- not be insolvent, or have owners/directors that are undischarged bankrupts
- have an operating business address in QLD
- undertake the project in QLD
- evidence that the social enterprise to be assisted meets the program definition of a genuine social enterprise and that it has a mission aligned to the QLD Government priorities, including supporting jobs and investing in skills.