Queensland small businesses impacted by COVID-19 are set to receive an additional $100 million in support to help them recover.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a second round of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption grants of up to $10,000 would be made available from next month to help more small businesses survive, maintain and grow their staffing levels.
“Our small business community has spoken, and we have listened and responded as part of the second stage of our Unite and Recover for Queensland Jobs plan,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Round one of the Small Business grants received an overwhelming response.
“In the second round, we are prioritising regional areas and allocating half of the funding to support small businesses in regional Queensland.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman said the plan is about supporting our small businesses to create more jobs for Queenslanders.
“Small business owners, including those who had expressed interest in the first round, are encouraged to prepare the required documentation in readiness for grant applications opening on July 1,” Ms Fentiman said.
“They should read the eligibility guidelines now to ensure they have all the documentation ready to submit their application.
“First round grants have been approved for businesses right across the state from the south-east corner to the Douglas Shire in the far north and west to Goondiwindi and Longreach.
“The upfront grants of up to $10,000 will assist those small businesses forced into hibernation, to restructure, significantly change their business operations or move online.”
The grants can cover:
- Preparing for the safe resumption of trading
- Ongoing operating costs
- Accessing digital technologies
- Responding to online opportunities
- Upskilling and reskilling business owners and staff
- Embracing business diversification
- Creating or retaining employment.
For more information visit www.business.qld.gov.au
Free webinars to help you prepare your grant application
RDA Brisbane is hosting two free webinars on the program next week. You can maximise your chances of success with expert and government advice on the application process and requirements.
When are the webinars?
Tuesday 23 June, 12pm to 1pm
Wednesday 24 June, 4.30pm to 5.30pm
About the sessions
The sessions will be conducted by three digital and business experts, and a representative from the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. They’ll cover:
- An overview including what supporting documents are needed
- How to write the grant i.e. key elements
- Acquittal of funding
- Grants process – What the online application looks like
- Investing in business training – What to look for and why
These will be interactive sessions with opportunities for Q & A.
For further information on the webinars contact Sha Wharton: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and assistance, please contact Logan Office of Economic Development.