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GRANT GRANT MAXIMUM CLOSING DATE
High Energy Using Business Grant $25,000 24 Sep 2020
Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) $3,000,000 01 Oct 2020
Festivals Australia $100,000 16 Oct 2020
Amex Music Grant $50,000 9 Nov 2020
Export Market Development Grant 50% of expense over $5,000 30 Nov 2020
Biofutures Industry Development Fund $2.5 million 31 Dec 2020
QLD Arts Showcase Program $60,000 30 May 2021
Restart Investment to Sustain & Expand (RISE) $2 million 31 May 2021
Payroll Tax Rebate – Employment Growth $20,000 30 Jun 2021
Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research $400,000 30 Jun 2021
Entrepreneurs’ Programme
$50,000 No current closing date
$1,000,000 No current closing date
$250,000 No current closing date
$100,000 No current closing date
Pathway to Growth Grant No current closing date
Pathway to Growth Grant No current closing date
Pathway to Growth Grant No current closing date
$20,000 No current closing date
Advance QLD Industry Attraction Fund Dependent on application No current closing date
CSIRO Kick-Start – for new product research $50,000 No current closing date
Youth Boost Payments $20,000 No current closing date
Business Development Fund $2.5 million No current closing date
National Work Experience Program $300 + Employee for 4 weeks No current closing date
Industry Tech Fund $5 Million No current closing date
Adult Australian Apprentice Incentive $4000 No current closing date
Advancing Renewables Program Grant $50 Million No current closing date
Stream Two: Resource Recovery Project Fund Dependent on Project No current closing date
Stream Three: Resource Investment Pipeline Dependent on Project No current closing date
Employer Support Payment $15,000 No current closing date
Defence Global Competitive Products Projects $150,000 No current closing date
Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants $500,000 No current closing date
Support Programs
Ecobiz not applicable No current closing date
Mentoring for Growth not applicable No current closing date
Australian Trusted Trader not applicable No current closing date
Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM) not applicable No current closing date
Free Apprenticeships for Under 21’s QLD Free Apprentice training No current closing date
Business Energy Advice Program lower cost of energy No current closing date

High Energy Using Business Grant

The objective of this grant opportunity is to support high energy using businesses (more than 0.05 PJ per year) to save energy through:

  • replace existing equipment with higher efficiency equipment
  • install or replace a component/s to help an existing system run more efficiently
  • carry out energy audits
  • carry out monitoring of energy usage and emissions

Amount Available: Matched funding from $10,000 to $25,000
Close Date: 24 Sep 2020

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants

Round 10 has $10 million in funding to support CRC-Ps with focus on addressing gaps in Australia’s waste and recycling capability, particularly in regards to plastics, paper, glass and tyres. Applicants need to be an industry-led research collaboration with at least: 2 Australian industry organisations, including at least 1 small to medium-sized enterprise and 1 Australian research organisation

Amount Available: Matched funding between $10,000 and $3 million
Close Date: 01 Oct 2020

Festivals Australia

Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals or significant one-off community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a major new community resource.

This grant is only available to regional and remote areas which include Bribie Island and other regional areas in the Moreton Bay Region. Check your suburbs status here, you must be in an area of RA2 or higher. (select tick box 2011) https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/health-workforce-locator/health-workforce-locator#hwc-location

Amount Available: From $5,000 to $100,000
Close Date: 16 Oct 2020

American Express Music Grant

For Music Businesses & Artists! While everyone’s path is different, funding is a universal tool that provides a boost to get back on track or shift focus to new growth opportunities. Maybe you just need a hand getting back to business or getting your music out there. Maybe you’re sitting on an idea that will seriously shake up the industry or grow your career. Amex designed the Grant section of the Music Backers Fund to provide the right kind of support based on what you tell us YOU need. Depending on the type of support you’re after, you can apply for between AU$2,000 to AU$50,000. It’s their way of backing you to keep the music playing.

Amount Available: $2,000 to $50,000
Close Date: 09 Nov 2020

Export Market Development Grant

Get started on your Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Application! The EMDG scheme: encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets; reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000; and provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.

Amount Available: 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000
Start Date: 01 July 2020
Close Date: 30 November 2020

Biofutures Industry Development Fund

The Biofutures Industry Development Fund is a $5 million repayable fund to help well-advanced industrial biotech proponents to get large-scale projects through the final stage of financial due diligence to secure financing from investors.
Amount Available: 50% of project up to a maximum of $2.5 million
Closing Date: 31 December 2020

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP

The QASP program is delivered through three streams Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage.

The program invests in:

  • the development and growth of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector in Queensland
  • strengthening the Queensland arts and cultural sector’s connection with new audiences
  • supporting artistic and non-artistic collaborations to develop innovative and quality arts and cultural experiences
  • strengthening professional development and the creation of employment and training opportunities for Queensland’s small to medium arts and cultural sector

Amount Available: up to $30,000 (sole-funding) & up to $60,000 (co-funding)
Round 2: Open 23 Nov 2020 – Close 20 Dec 2020
Round 3: Open 15 Feb 2021 – Close 14 Mar 2021
Round 4: Open 01 Mar 2021 – Close 30 May 2021

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund

The RISE Fund will provide targeted funding assistance for sector organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing funding for the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours.

To be eligible, organisations must have, as their primary purpose, the arts and entertainment.
Amount Available: $75,000 to $2 million
Closing Date: 31 May 2021

Payroll Tax Rebate – Employment Growth

From 1 July 2019 until 30 June 2021, the Government is introducing a rebate of the payroll tax on additional employees that businesses can demonstrate they have employed over and above their level of full time employees. The rebate will be paid in the subsequent year and will be capped at $20,000 annually per employer.
Amount Available: Up to $20,000
Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Advanced Manufacturing Early Stage Research Fund (AMESRF)

The intent of the AMESRF is to support small-scale and pilot research projects in advanced manufacturing, and benefit smaller firms and early stage research. The fund will provide grants to SMEs for rapid initial feasibility testing, allowing the projects to then move quickly to larger-scale research or commercialisation.

Project participants must demonstrate the financial capacity to complete the project. This could be demonstrated through the provision of financial accounts during the EOI stage of the application process. The AMESRF grant will be up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs (grant percentage).

To be eligible the Applicant’s project must be industry led and involve collaboration with SMEs
Amount Available: from $100,000 TO $400,000
Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Advance QLD Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF)

AQIAF seeks to bring contestable projects to Queensland in order to drive job creation, regional growth, increased innovation and technology and supply chain development. A contestable project is where there is at least one other viable, alternative international or Australian project site to the Queensland location under active consideration.
Amount Available: Depedent on Application
Closing Date: No current closing date

CSIRO Kick Start Grant

Provides matched funding for start-ups and small to medium enterprises to help access CSIRO’s research expertise and capabilities to help grow your business. For example research a new idea with commercial potential, develop a novel or improved product or process, or test a novel product or material.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $10,000 and $50,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Youth Boost Payment

Youth Boost Payments of up to $20,000 are available to eligible employers who hire an unemployed young jobseeker in Moreton Bay region. The jobseeker must be previously unemployed (minimum four weeks) and aged between 15-24 years
Amount Available: $20,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Business Development Fund

The Business Development Fund (the Fund) is the Queensland Government’s $80 million angel and venture capital funding available to Queensland businesses. The intention of the Fund is to support the growth of innovative businesses and the creation of high-value jobs as well as attract both interstate and international investments in Queensland, thereby strengthening Queensland’s entrepreneurial and start-up eco-system.

The Fund may invest between $125,000 and $2.5 million (matched by the co-investor/s) in a Queensland business in order to turn ideas and innovations into a commercial reality. Note, the Fund’s investment is a direct investment in the business, and is not a payment to the co-investor, a grant or a loan. Both the fund and co-investor are shareholders in the business. The Fund invests on the same equity terms as the co-investor.

Amount Available: From $125,000 to to $2.5 million
Closing Date: No current closing date

National Work Experience Programme

Businesses may be eligible to receive an incentive payment of $300 for hosting a National Work Experience Programme candidate, and if participants are offered ongoing employment after the placement, businesses may also be eligible for a wage subsidy. Unpaid placements with businesses for up to four weeks, to a maximum of 25 hours per week.
Amount Available: $300 plus unpaid employee for up to 4 weeks (insured by Government)
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

Industry Tech Fund (ITF)

The ITF aims to deliver a transformative ‘step change’ that speeds the emergence of new products and/or services based on a platform technology, or the convergence of platform technologies, with global potential across 1 or more industry sectors.

These industry sectors include the 6 Advance Queensland priority sectors:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • biofutures
  • biomedical and life sciences
  • defence
  • mining equipment, technology and services.

Initiatives in other industry sectors and key Queensland industries such as education, tourism, health and community services, and agriculture will also be considered.

Amount Available: 25% of Project funding from $250,000 to $5 million
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

Adult Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program provides employers with incentives to employ an apprentice.
Amount Available: $750 to $4000
Closing Date: No current end date

Advancing Renewables Program

The Advancing Renewables Program provides businesses with funding or finance to develop renewable energy technologies. The Advancing Renewables Program aims to fund projects that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes: reduction in the cost of renewable energy; increase in the value delivered by renewable energy; improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy; reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake or increase in skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $100,000 and $50 Million
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Stream two: resource recovery project fund

Broad incentives to attract or expand major resource recovery operations that will divert significant amounts of waste from landfill, reduce or prevent stockpiling and recover substantial resources, Stream two applications are a two-stage process, beginning with an expressions of interest.
Amount Available: Dependent on project
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Stream three: resource recovery investment pipeline fund

Support toward capital intensive, long lifecycle projects that require a contribution towards investigations to assist with investment decisions for Queensland. Stream three applications are a single-stage process with applications accepted at an time.
Amount Available: Dependent on project
Closing Date: Applications can be made at any time.

Employer Support Payment

Provides Queensland employers with one-off incentive payments $15,0000 if they employ a jobseeker previously unemployed 52 weeks or more. The program is not a wage subsidy. The decision to employ someone is at the discretion of the employer and must be a business decision that is independent of the availability of the Back to Work support payment.
Amount Available: $15,000
Closing Date: Applications may be made at any time

Defence Global Competitiveness Grants

The Defence Global Competitiveness Grants will help Australian SMEs to invest in projects that build export capability to build a stronger, more sustainable and globally competitive Australian defence industry.
Amount Available: Up to 50% of eligible project costs. Min $15,000 to Max $150,000
Closing Date: Ongoing

Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program

The Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Grants Program will provide grants to Small to Medium businesses over three years to help develop defence sector skills and human resources practices and training plans.
Amount Available: From $5,000 tp $500,000
Closing Date: Ongoing

ENTREPRENEURS PROGRAM

RESEARCH MY INNOVATION

Innovation Connections

Innovation Connections assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects. There are two phases: 1. Innovation Connections Facilitation with which you receive a Service Report that helps you understand your business’s research needs and opportunities and; 2. Innovation Connections Grant, which you must apply for within 12 months of receiving the Service Report, that allows you to undertake a research project based on the report. 

You must be in one of the following growth sectors: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; or oil, gas and energy resources. Additionally, businesses that provide enabling technologies and services to the above growth sectors are also eligible to apply. Your business’s annual turnover or operating expenditure in 1 of the last 3 financial years must be between $1.5 million and $100 million

Amount Available: Up to $50,000
Closing Date: Ongoing

COMMERCIALISE MY PROJECT

Accelerating Commercialisation

Accelerating Commercialisation provides small and medium businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers with access to expert advice and funding to help get a novel product, process or service to market. 

You can submit an expression of interest for Commercialisation Guidance at any time. After receiving guidance, you may be eligible to apply for an Accelerating Commercialisation Grant.

Amount Available: Up to $1,000,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

FUND MY INCUBATOR

Incubator Support

Provides new and existing incubators with funding to help start-ups develop the capabilities to succeed in international markets. This is for Australian incubators supporting start-ups, including those with first-generation migrant and refugee founders, to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.

Amount Available: Matched Funding from $13,000 to $250,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

Incubator Support – Expert in Residence

Expert in Residence provides incubators with funding to gain new skills and expertise and help start-ups to succeed in international markets. This is for Australian incubators that provide services to start-ups to help them achieve commercial success in international markets.

Amount Available: Matched Funding from $5,000 to $100,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

GROW MY BUSINESS

Growth Roadmap

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? The Growth Roadmap provides an experienced facilitators, for one year, to come to your business and work with you on a business growth plan and mentor you to action the plan . You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Growth Grant for funding to action the facilitator’s recommendations. 
Amount Available: Receive a roadmap for growth and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

High Growth Accelerator

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? Are you in the at least one of the five specified growth sectors: freight & logistics; infrastructure related construction & services; information & communications technologies; digital technologies; or professional services? You would receive an experienced facilitators, for up to two year, to come to your business and work with you to develop a growth plan to help you realise an Australian and/or overseas growth opportunity. They’ll then mentor you as you action your plan. You will also have the opportunity to apply for the Growth Grant for funding to action the facilitator’s recommendations. 
Amount Available: Receive a roadmap and mentoring for growth and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

SMART Projects and Supply Chains

Do you have a turnover of over $1.5 million and are looking for opportunities to grow your business? Are you in one of the five specified growth sectors: advanced manufacturing; food & agribusiness; medical technologies & pharmaceuticals; mining equipment; technology & services; or oil, gas and energy resources? The SMART Projects and Supply Chains service provides businesses with access to strategic or high-value projects that increase business capability, meet the specific needs of a market opportunity, or otherwise improve business performance and leadership capacity. You would receive a facilitator who will provide advice, guidance, and network connections, and you may also be able to access a matched Growth Grant of up to $20,000 to action recommendations from your participation in the project.
Amount Available: As above and opportunity to apply for Growth Grant Funding
Closing Date: No current closing date

Growth Grant

Matched funding to implement recommendations from your Growth RoadmapYou must submit your application within 1 year of receiving your roadmap or plan.
Amount Available: Matched funding between $2,500 and $20,000
Closing Date: No current closing date

SUPPORT

Ecobiz

Through this free program CCIQ help businesses understand energy, water and waste costs and teach you to save money through sustainability initiatives. As a member of the program, you will have the opportunity to utilize our complimentary tools including: One-on-one coaching, site surveys and benchmarking support (including expert bill and expenditure assessment). Aside from these, you also have access to CCIQ suite of materials including found under hot topics, including fact sheets, webinars and our monthly newsletter to help you cut your power bill and gain water and waste management advice.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Mentoring for Growth

Mentoring for Growth (M4G) offers eligible businesses free access to volunteer business experts who provide insights, options and suggestions relating to challenges and opportunities you are experiencing in your business.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Australian Trusted Trader

Australian Trusted Trader provides businesses involved in importing and exporting with an accreditation to streamline and simplify customs processes.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Injury Prevention and Management (IPaM)

Works with management to improve health and safety, and rehabilitation and return to work outcomes.
Closing Date: No current closing date

Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s QLD

Provides QLD businesses with fee-free apprenticeships when they employ an existing or new apprentice or trainee who is under 21 years of age in a priority qualification.  ‘Free’ means the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training undertaken with a training provider. This is on top of the other possible incentives already available to support you taking an apprentice or trainee on. These include: The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program; The Queensland Government’s Back to Work program

What’s not covered?

As an employer, you’re still required to cover the costs of wages. Your apprentice or trainee may have to meet costs related to any uniform or other resources for their training.

Amount Available: No cost for apprentice training
Closing Date: No current closing date

Business Energy Advice Program

The Business Energy Advice Program (BEAP) delivers advice to help small businesses and their representatives get better energy deals and reduce their energy usage. You receive a free personalised energy consultation and access to a Small Business Energy Check tool.

Eligibility: Any Australian business with 6 to 20 employees

Closing Date: No current closing date