New Grants

Grants of up to $25K are available to eligible established Queensland social enterprises for activities, services or expenditure that build the skills, capability and capacity of the social enterprise.


Applications are open and will close on 27 April 2023.

Overview and Grant Amount

The aim of this grant is to assist established social enterprises based in Queensland to grow their business and support increased employment and outcomes for the community. Funding requested must have a direct link to increasing business sustainability and employment. This is for small to medium sized businesses based in Queensland that meet the following agreed definition of a social enterprise (as per Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES) 2016):

  • led by an economic, social, cultural or environmental mission consistent with a public or community benefit
  • trade to fulfil their mission and derive a substantial portion of their income from trade
  • reinvest the majority of their profit/surplus into the fulfilment of their mission

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must:

  • meet the agreed program definition of a social enterprise
  • have traded for a minimum of one year in Queensland at the time of application
  • provide documented evidence (in the form of a letter signed by a member of either CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand or the Institute of Public Accountants) that the business does reinvest a minimum of 50% of profit/surplus generated to fulfil its mission
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters or main business location
  • have a mission aligned to Queensland Government priorities (e.g., supporting jobs, investing in skills, growing regions, protecting the environment)
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt

The social enterprise must have growth potential within the next two years to extend its reach and mission, and increase employees.

Eligible Activities

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program will fund activities and/or expenditure to support the scalable growth and sustainability of an established social enterprise, including:

  • production equipment (e.g., catering, manufacturing)
  • digital equipment and systems (e.g., point of sale, 3d printers)
  • consumables, resources or materials (e.g., stock/inventory) specific to a growth opportunity
  • training or coaching programs to develop social enterprise business skills and knowledge (e.g., corporate governance, financial management, social impact measurement, investment readiness, expanding to new markets or products)
  • business and strategic planning (e.g., legal, accounting or financial advice/planning and industry advisors)
  • marketing strategies including branding and market research (content or implementation activities are permitted but no advertising costs)
  • website development or upgrades

Funds CANNOT be used for:

  • the purchase of significant assets (e.g., buildings or vehicles)
  • staff salaries/wages
  • overseas and/or interstate travel
  • remuneration of executive officers
  • utilities (e.g., gas, water, electricity)
  • rent and other ongoing business costs
  • services delivered in-kind
  • retrospective payments for expenses incurred or for work undertaken, prior to funding approval
  • any other recurrent costs such as established positions within the organisation or core functions of the organisation
  • fees for any activities or equipment provided by related parties (such as companies with common shareholdings or directorship with the applicant, and employees or immediate family of the applicant)
  • direct-selling businesses (where sales of goods or services from another business are made in the customer’s home, work or other meeting place through methods such as party plans and network marketing)
  • general business costs including sales, marketing, rent and travel
  • project costs that are already the subject of another government grant, subsidy or financial assistance
  • project costs incurred prior to an application being submitted (no retrospective funding will be awarded)

For more information, interested parties are encouraged to read the program guidelines and FAQ set by the funding grant. Applicants must complete their application and submit it online.

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