The objective of this program is to support small businesses, subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations and build resilience.
The program aims to see small and micro businesses:
- prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
- access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
- respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer term growth
- upskill and re-skill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
- embrace business diversification to sustain operations
- create or retain employment.
The available grant amount is up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business. Once the program budget has been fully allocated, applications for the program will close. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 small businesses will be supported through this program.
In recognition of the significant impacts of COVID-19 on small business the funding can be used for the following:
- financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
- strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
- building the business through marketing and communication activities, for example content development (web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media, etc.)
- digital/technological strategy development
- digital training or re-training to adapt to new business models
- capital costs associated with meeting the COVID-19 safe requirements
- specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering)
- meeting business costs, including utilities and rent.
Note: Grant funds can be used towards any of the above activities occurring from 23 March 2020 onward, keeping in mind the project must be completed within a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval.
Small and micro businesses must meet the the eligibility and assessment criteria to be considered for funding.
Regional and SEQ funding available
The program is available to eligible businesses throughout Queensland. For round 2, funding is being equally divided between regional Queensland and South East Queensland (SEQ).
South East Queensland businesses
When applying for round 2, you are a South East Queensland (SEQ) business if your principal place of business is located in 1 of the following local government areas:
Brisbane City Council
City of Gold Coast
Ipswich City Council
Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Logan City Council
Moreton Bay Regional Council
Noosa Shire Council
Redlands City Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Somerset Regional Council
Sunshine Coast Council
Toowoomba Regional Council.
You are a 'regional business' if your principal place of business is any other local government areas within Queensland that is not identified as a SEQ location.
Use the eligibility tool to find out if your business is in SEQ or a regional local government area.