Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program - Queensland

Description

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.

Available Funding

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.

Regional businesses

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.

Service type

Support Service

A service offered by government to aid in running a business.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, the business must:

  • have been subjected to closure or otherwise highly impacted by current shutdown restrictions announced by Queensland's Chief Health Officer on 23 March 2020
  • demonstrate the business revenue has been significantly impacted since 23 March 2020 over a minimum one-month period due to the onset and management of COVID-19
  • employ staff and have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) active as at 1 March 2020
  • be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have an annual turnover over $75,000 for the last financial year
  • have a payroll of less than $1.3 million
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Only one application will be accepted from an individual ABN or financial beneficiary of a business.

Successful applicants from round 1 of this program cannot apply for funding under round 2.

If you have submitted a round 1 application but haven't heard back yet, you are eligible to apply for round 2.

Use the eligibility tool to find out if your business is eligible to apply.


Application process

Lodge

To apply for the grant, visit the Business Queensland website.

Additional information

Assessment Process

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, applications will be assessed against the following:

  • funding availability - applications will be processes on a firs come first serve basis, and therefore not all applications will be successful 
  • submission of a complete application form, with all requested supporting documentation included (your application must contain the requested supporting documentation, otherwise you will be contacted to provide appropriate evidence and this may delay your application's process)
  • value for money, as determined by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

Grant payments

Funding will be paid in one installment upon approval of your grant application.

After completing the project, applicants must: 

  • complete and submit an acquittal report through SmartyGrants 
  • submit copies of supplier invoices and proof of purchase for the total project cost.
Grant recipients may be subjected to a random audit by DESBT to ensure that the information provided is true and correct. Where it is found that false or misleading information has been provided, penalties may apply, including refunding to DESBT some or all of the grant funding. 

Administering agency

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Investment

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Investment

Department of Employment, Small Business and Training

Email: adapt@desbt.qld.gov.au