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Ignite Ideas

Do you have an innovative idea that you want to take to market? The Ignite Ideas Fund supports Queensland based small to medium businesses that have high-growth potential to undertake commercialisation projects.

Amount Available: Two Options: $100,000 & $200,000
Closing Date: 16 July 2020

Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant (Round 2)

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.

Round 1 closed within days, therefore we recommend you complete your application as soon as possible.

Amount Available: min $2,000 to $10,000
Close Date: as soon as allocated $100m is disbursed 

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

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

Business Growth Grant

If you have a business management plan under the Entrepreneurs’ Program you are eligible for the Business Growth which is funding of up to 50% of eligible project costs from the business plan
Amount Available: Matched funding between $2,500 and $20,000
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

Innovation Connections Grant

Assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects in one of the following sectors: advanced manufacturing; food and agribusiness; medical technologies and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; oil, gas and energy resource
Amount Available: Dependent on project, note, grant is paid after you finish the project
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 $80 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

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