Small Business Entrepreneur Grants Program - Queensland


This program provides newly started small businesses access to professional advice and support in the critical early stages of establishing a business. The objectives of the program are to:

  • support new Queensland small businesses to establish and develop
  • encourage entrepreneurship and increase business capability and skills
  • facilitate and encourage access to professional business advice
  • improve business confidence and business sustainability
  • promote a culture of successful small businesses within Queensland
  • assist small businesses to work smarter, be more innovative and work less hours
  • result in more small businesses surviving, growing and employing staff
  • create an environment that makes it easier to do business.

Available funding:

Matched funding of up to $5000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach for up to three months to help establish or develop the business. The minimum grant funding amount s $1000.

The advice must fall under one or more of the following areas:

  • professional business, tax, computing, legal or financial (accounting) advice
  • mentoring/coaching
  • business and strategic planning
  • market research and marketing strategies, including branding strategies and social media/digital strategies.

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the service.

Service type

Support Service

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


Round 3 is now open

Businesses will be surveyed 6 months after the completion of the project.

Additional information

To be eligible the business must:

  • have a business name registered within the last four years
  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • be based in Queensland
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

The participating business must provide a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business.

What we won't fund

The grant is specifically aimed  at funding businesses to engage a consultant, advisor, or business coach. We will not fund the following activities:

  • project proposals delivered over a timeframe longer than three months
  • the minimum grant funding amount is $1000 therefore projects with a total cost less than $2000 will not be funded
  • travel costs of any party
  • services delivered in-kind-funding will only cover services paid for via a financial transaction
  • fees for services provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or directorship with the applicant, and employees or immediate family of the applicant)
  • franchise fees or related costs
  • direct-selling businesses - where sales of another business's goods or services are made in the customer's home, work or other meeting place through methods such as party plan
  • purchase of assets, such as stock
  • salaries
  • general business operating costs (incuding bookkeeping/accounting and tax returns)
  • paid advertising campaigns e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses
  • retrospective payments for expenses already incurred or work already undertaken

Administering agency

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games

Office of Small Business