You may qualify for a Government grant to support your Sunshine Coast, QLD business 

A comprehensive guide for the 2021 Queensland small business grants

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Supporting new and established businesses to grow and succeed in Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Source: Queensland Government website. Last updated: May 2021.

Dear Queensland Business Owners,

We all could use a little help. Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. As business owners, we make choices every day on what we will invest in, suspend, or postpone to grow our business. Australia is in a recession. In 2021, the focus from local, state, and federal government is to create more jobs to grow the economy. The federal budget in October of 2020, introduced the $74 Billion job maker plan (Budget 2020). The job maker plan is designed to support a more robust economic recovery and bring more Australians back to work. At its core, the plan will:

  • support a stronger economy
  • drive a faster recovery in employment
  • invest in skills and higher education
  • improve the ease of doing business
  • support the manufacturing and energy sectors
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FY21/22 Queensland Small Business Grants

The FY21/22 Queensland Small Business Grants have been announced. Start planning today so you are ready to submit when applications open. First grant applications open 11 May 2021.

Ask yourself right now? What would a $15,000 investment in digital technologies, services and training mean to my business? Will it result in the hiring of more staff or keep you financially secure? If the answer is yes, or even maybe, please read on.

The Queensland Government announced three small business grants programs worth $25million over two years.

The Business Basics, Business Boost and Business Growth Fund grants will target specific groups within the sector and continue to deliver on the Government’s election commitments to small business. The grants are being rolled out based on direct feedback received from small business owners through the Small Business Roadshow and online survey which showed support programs are needed to assist Queensland businesses at different stages of the business lifecycle.

Business Basics
Business Basics

up to $5,000

Support new and emerging businesses to increase core capabilities and adopt current best practice. Applications to open on May 31, 2021.

Click to view guidelines
Business Boost Grants
Business Boost Grants

up to $15,000

Help small businesses to improve their efficiency and productivity through organisational development and upgrades through automated software and CRM systems. Grants can be used for website development and upgrades, strategic marketing, training and coaching, advisory services and planning for business continuity and succession. Applications to open late July 2021.

guidelines released soon
Business Growth Fund
Business Growth Fund

up to $50,000

Will allow businesses to buy highly specialised equipment to seize and accelerate growth opportunities. Applications to open May 11, 2021, with Guidelines available from 1 May.

CLICK to view guidelines

Business Basics Grant

Applications Open 31st May 2021 – Single upfront payment of $5000 (ex GST)

The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice. This support includes funded activities in 5 priorities:

  1. Training and coaching
  2. Website build or upgrades
  3. Professional business advice
  4. Strategic marketing services
  5. Business continuity and succession.

To be eligible for this grant, your business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $300,000 or less for the current financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

For more information, please download the Business Basics Grant guidlines.

Download the FULL GUIDELINes

At Marketing Broker Australia, we can provide you with up-to-date advice and custom solutions, so you get the most out of this investment in your business. 

What you need to know about applying for Government Grants

Do not miss out on an opportunity to fund the growth of your business

Commitment

You need to work out if your business has enough time and resources to make a serious application. Researching, planning, and writing an application requires significant work. Make sure you have resources available for your specific purpose and do not start any work before your funding is confirmed.

Eligibility

All funding programs have guidelines. These include the program’s objectives, eligibility criteria, amounts of funding available, required supporting material and closing dates. Go to the Queensland Business Grants website to download the latest guidelines. You will need to be based in Queensland, and have a ABN. 

Submission

You will need to write and submit your application. We will provide the proposal and tips for writing your application. Queensland Government requires the applicant to submit the proposal themselves, using their own words. You can be asked to pay back your grant if found to have submitted an application written by someone else.

At Marketing Broker Australia, we can provide you with custom $5K, $10K or $15K packages to support the growth of your business as part of your grant applications. 

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We will provide you with up to 3-months of digital marketing training or campaign management support. Completely up to you. The campaign will be based on what is right for your business. This can include SEO, Google Ads, Facebook Ads, LinkedIn Ads, email marketing, content creation, print marketing and more.

We provide custom proposals to meet the unique opportunities of your business. 

We are here to support your business. We are happy to collaborate with anyone you are currently working with. Including business coaches, web and marketing professionals, financial advisors, I.T experts, and your local printers or suppliers. 

At Marketing Broker Australia, we understand how important a government grant is to build and grow your business on the Sunshine Coast. 

Why Choose Us?

We have a proven track record in helping business owners secure Government grant funding for marketing activities.

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You will have a marketing plan and the marketing assets to grow your business year after year. A plan you can track and determine ROI. We will bring you result-driven solutions, so you save thousands on ad spend.

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We embrace innovation, change, new ideas and approaches. We can provide holistic solutions from a network of over 30 marketing professionals. We have a solution for you, tailored to your budget and business growth objectives..

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We operate with absolute integrity. We are honest and forthright about our intentions, our choices and our pricing. If we make a mistake, we own it and fix it. We will work you throughout the application process.

We do not charge a fee for application submissions.

We are here to support your business. We will provide you with a proposal and tips for submitting a grant application. If you are approved for the grant, we will organise the services for you. If you do not recieve the grant, no obligation to move ahead with the proposal or any requirement to pay us for our time in organising the proposal for you. You remain in control.

As per Queensland small business grants terms and conditions, we do not write or submit applications. You must complete the application form yourself. Click the button below to download an example of an application form.

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We will build you a custom business and marketing package from our network of over 30 professionals.

Below are a few examples of the approved grant applications we have helped small business owners secure. Tailored proposals to get the most out of the Queensland Government’s investment in their business.

DR Landscaping

Website Upgrade, SEO Optimisation, Online Business Coaching & Training and Professional Video Production ($9.5K).

Industry United

Logo Redesign, Website Upgrade, 3-month Social Media Campaign & Printed Marketing  ($10K)

SC Glass

Website Upgrade, Social Media Optimisation, Digital Marketing Training for new sales and marketing manager. ($5.3K)

Magnums

Digital marketing training and coaching for new marketing coordinator. Digital marketing software. Social Media Audit and Strategy. Website Landing Pages ($10K).

Handcut Deli

Business Coaching, Website Upgrade, and Google My Business Optimisation ($3.5K).

Sunshine Coast Indoor Plant Hire

Website Upgrade, 3-month Social Media Campaign & Printed Marketing ($5.2K)

ADA Finance

Website Upgrade, Logo Re-design and Social Media Optimisation, ($6K)

Peace of Mind Property

Website Upgrade, Photography & Video & Social Media Optimisation and 12 week digital marketing training ($5.5K).

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Fitin20
  • Standard
  • $3600

    +GST
  • Website built on WordPress/Elementor
  • 90min Kick-off Strategy Session
  • 5-page website, based on the customer journey
  • E-Book - 6 pages, 1 article & custom branding
  • Cool Feature Here
  • Professional SEO Copywriting – 2 pages
  • Embed YouTube Videos with subtitles
  • CRM Integration – We recommend HubSpot
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  • Basic & technical on-page SEO
  • Google Search Console, Google My Business and Google Analytics Set Up
  • Google Tags Manager & Facebook Pixel Installed
  • Recorded how-to use your website video
  • Complete
  • $4800

    +GST
  • Website built on WordPress/Elementor
  • 90min Kick-off Strategy Session
  • 5-page website, based on the customer journey
  • E-Book - 6 pages, 1 article & custom branding
  • Cool Feature Here
  • Professional SEO Copywriting – 2 pages
  • Embed YouTube Videos with subtitles
  • CRM Integration – We recommend HubSpot
  • Online Booking Integration – We recommend Calendy
  • Basic & technical on-page SEO
  • Google Search Console, Google My Business and Google Analytics Set Up
  • Google Tags Manager & Facebook Pixel Installed
  • Recorded how-to use your website video
  • Keyword Research and Strategy
  • Custom Google Analytics Set Up & Optmisation
  • Professional
  • $7200

    +GST
  • Website built on WordPress/Elementor
  • 90min Kick-off Strategy Session
  • 8-page website, based on the customer journey
  • E-Book - 12 pages, 3 articles & custom branding
  • Cool Feature Here
  • Professional SEO Copywriting – 2 pages
  • Embed YouTube Videos with subtitles
  • CRM Integration – We recommend HubSpot
  • Online Booking Integration – We recommend Calendy
  • Basic & technical on-page SEO
  • Google Search Console, Google My Business and Google Analytics Set Up
  • Google Tags Manager & Facebook Pixel Installed
  • Recorded how-to use your website video
  • Professional SEO Copywriting – 5 pages
  • Custom Google Analytics Set Up & Optmisation
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What is the Eligibility Criteria for a government grant?

The eligibility criteria will vary depending on the grant you are applying for. Common eligibility criteria are:

  • number of employees, typically between 1 and 20
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have a turnover of $2 million or less in the last financial year
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt

What is required when Writing my application?

Most grant applications require:

  •  a description of your business, and possibly a business plan
  •  a detailed project description, including aims, objectives and expected outcomes (i.e. hire new staff within 6-months)
  •  a detailed plan on how you will use the money, which includes quotes and/or proposals from suppliers
  •  details of your experience and skills, and also those of key personnel
  • provide evidence of annual turnover and annual payroll
  •  demonstrate value for money as determined by the Department of employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
  • completed application forms, with all requested supporting documentation included
  •  the application must be completed by the applicant and provide their own original answers. Third-party completed applications will be rejected. If found to be conducted by a third-party, you will be asked to return the funds.
  • only one application per round from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business

Remember to submit your application before the deadline – late applications are rarely considered.

Why some grant applications fail?

Applications for grants and government support often far exceed what is actually available. This can create a competitive environment where only the very best applications attract funding. There are many common reasons why applications are turned down. To give your application the best chance of success, check the following:

  • Have you assessed your eligibility before applying?
  • Is your area of research or your project relevant to the funding body?
  • Have you understood the funding objectives?
  • Have you followed the application guidelines and used the required forms?
  • Have you fully considered how much work is involved in applying for a grant?
  • Does your application make statements that are backed by supporting material?
  • Is your explanation of your project focused and clear?
  • Have you addressed the impact of your work in the broader community or industry?
  • Have you underestimated the amount of competition for funding?
  • Have you stressed the importance of funding for your project’s success?
  • Have you explained how your ideas will be translated into action?
  • Has your business made the grant application a priority?
  • Have you proven you need funding support?

How does Grant Payments work?

This can vary depending on the grant. Typically, payment is made upon completion of the project. Successful applicants are reimbursed 100% or 50% of the total project cost, up to the approved grant funding amount. The Covid-19 Adapt Grant was managed differently, with payments made upon application approval. 

To receive reimbursement, applicants must:

  • complete and submit an acquittal report through SmartyGrants
  • issue a valid tax invoice to the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • submit copies of supplier invoices and proof of purchase for the total project cost.

Grant recipients may be subjected to a random audit by the Queensland Government (or its representatives) 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 some or all of the grant funding.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Business Basics Grant

Do you have more questions about the Business Basics grant. You can download the full FAQ sheet published by the Queensland State Government here.

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