Find below how to apply to the AUD$5000 Business Basic Grant for small businesses and sole traders located in regional Queensland, Australia.

This AUD$5000 grant for small businesses and sole traders in regional Queensland, Australia should be used to pay a supplier that offers services related to marketing training, business planning, coaching, website development/upgrades, e-commerce or website content writing.

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The Qld Department of Employment, Small Business and Training is offering a Business Basic Grant to selected small businesses and sole traders located in regional Queensland, Australia in 2021.

The first round for this grant was closed on 31st May 2021. However, a new second round is about to open in September 2021 for small businesses and sole traders located in regional Queensland (except South East Queensland).

Some of the locations for the second round:

  • Cairns
  • Port Douglas
  • Townville
  • Mackay
  • Bundaberg
  • Rockhampton

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Find below the information and instructions before completing the Business Basic Grant application.

About the Business Basic Grant 

The Business Basics grants program provides support to businesses and sole traders to increase core business and marketing skills and adopt the best business and marketing practices.

What can I spend the grant funding on?

DESBT will fund the following eligible activities:

Priority Grant funding will only be approved for the following eligible activities:

  1. Training and coaching: Business development, marketing, human resources or business planning topics
  2. Website build/upgrades: Website build or upgrade (including website refresh), Adding eCommerce, Developing new website content
  3. Professional business advice: Business plans
  4. Strategic marketing services • Strategic marketing plans including search engine optimisation advice
  5. Business continuity and succession: Business continuity and succession plans, cyber safety training and tools.

DESBT will not fund the following activities:

  • Activities bought using crypto-currencies, barter, or services in-kind
  • General business operating costs (e.g., bookkeeping/accounting, tax returns)
  • Real estate/property, hire, lease, or rental fees
  • Goods, services, or fees from related parties
  • Travel
  • Franchise fees
  • Purchase of stock
  • GST, registration, and fees
  • Maintenance of existing digital technologies
  • Computer hardware (e.g., computer servers, PCs, tablets\iPad, mobile phones)
  • Activities purchased via direct selling (e.g., by party plan or network marketing)
  • Delivery, credit card and transaction fees
  • Memberships and joining fees
  • Salaries
  • Fleet vehicles
  • Website hosting
  • Any advertising costs or advertising
  • Campaign delivery (e.g. Google AdWords, Facebook advertising or similar expenses)

Related parties to applicants include companies with common shareholdings or directors, employees or immediate family.

The Business Basic Grant outcomes

The expected outcomes of the grants program are to:

  • increase confidence for business owners across core skills;
  • boost turnover, profit, and employment; and
  • improve business survivability and resilience.

What funding is available?

If successful, applicants will receive upfront fixed grant funding of $5,000 (excluding GST). The grant is for funding activities in one of the five priorities outlined above.

Successful applicants do not have to co-contribute to this grant however successful applicants must pay for any related expenses in excess of the $5,000 grant funding.

Who can apply and what are the eligibility criteria?

To be eligible to apply for this grant, the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees (by headcount) 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 an expected turnover of $300,000 or less for the current financial year; and
  • have owners/directors that are not insolvent or undischarged bankrupt.

What are the timeframes?

Approved applicants must complete their grant-funded activity within four months of receiving their approval letter. Applicants must advise DESBT of any variations to the completion dates. If applicants do not meet their completion dates, they may have to return grant funding to DESBT.

Opening date

Round 2 (Regional Queensland only) will open at 9 am 8 September 2021.

Closing date

Round 2 will close when sufficient applications are received for competitive assessment

It is important to note that this grant program is competitively assessed. Not all applications will be funded. You can monitor the application tracker, and apply at


Round 2 documents will be available on 25 August 2021

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What is the grant process?

Step 1: Application
Businesses must complete an online application in SmartyGrants. The application requires supporting information and evidence about how the proposed grant-funded activities will meet the expected outcomes of the grant

Supporting evidence

The application must include the following documents:

  • a certified statutory declaration from the business owner or director stating the business:
    • does not have a turnover* exceeding $300,000 per annum; and
    • meets all grant eligibility criteria; and
  • supplier quotes (no more than two) detailing description and costs of services, who will undertake the activity, and an outline of key activities.

*turnover is the gross turnover, actual or estimated, to be earned by the business at the conclusion of the current
financial year (2020-21).

Applicants must:

  • fully complete their application and provide all supporting evidence. Applicants will not have an opportunity to submit any additional information or evidence.
  • only submit original answers in their application. DESBT considers answers from third parties ineligible.
  • only submit realistic and probable answers and evidence in your application. You may be required to provide this at any time at the discretion of DESBT.

Step 2: Assessment

Following the closure of the Round, DESBT runs a competitive assessment process. Not all applications will be funded. DESBT will assess applications against these guidelines (including eligibility criteria) and the assessment criteria.

Assessment criteria
Applicants should show the extent to which the grant-funded activity will:

  • positively impact revenue growth, gross profit, and other economic factors;
  • enhance the business’s core skills and adopt best practices;
  • be likely to create jobs growth within the business; and
  • demonstrate value for money.

DESBT may prioritise applications for fair distribution across:

  • geographic areas; and
  • Queensland’s diverse business population (including diversity in ethnicity, culture, people
    with a disability, gender and age).

Step 3: Outcomes

Following assessment, recommendations are made to the DESBT decision-maker who will approve funding allocations. DESBT will then advise all applicants of the outcome of their grant application. Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Approval outlining the funding agreement.

Step 4: Funding agreement and payment of grant funding

Grant recipients enter into a funding agreement with DESBT. The funding agreement consists of:

  • the Letter of Approval;
  • any other terms agreed in writing between the parties;
  • the Business Basics grant program terms and conditions (terms and conditions);
  • these guidelines; and
  • the application submitted by the applicant relating to the grant-funded activity.

DESBT will pay grant recipients a single grant payment of $5,000 (excluding GST) into their
nominated bank account.

Step 5: Recipients complete their grant-funded activity

Recipients must:

  • start their grant-funded activity within one month of entering into the grant funding
  • complete their grant-funded activity within four months of receiving their approval
  • not pay for grant-funded activities before entering into the funding agreement; and
  • deliver the grant-funded activity as per the funding agreement.

Note: These Business Basics Grants are in addition to the recently announced COVID-19 Business Support Grants (between $10,000 and $30,000) jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments for businesses that have been impacted by recent lockdowns. There’s also the cleaning rebate for exposure sites and nearly $50 million in support and benefits for tourism and hospitality businesses. Check the Qld government website for one on one support including the Mentoring for Growth program and Small Business Financial Counsellors.

Whether you are a small business or sole trader you can take advantage of the range of support available for you.

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