Business Growth Fund Program

The Business Growth Fund Program, delivered by the Office of Small Business, is a grant program which provides targeted assistance for small and medium businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations.

The fund will enable successful applicants to purchase and implement specialised equipment or services to help them seize growth opportunities.

Before applying, please read the Business Growth Fund Guidelines.

Available funding

Funding of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) is available for eligible businesses to purchase and implement highly specialised equipment or services. These purchases should enable businesses to move to the next stage of growth.

Successful applicants must provide a co-contribution of 25% to 50% of the total project cost. The government contribution will be determined by an assessment panel.

Examples of eligible highly specialised equipment or services include (but not limited to) the following equipment and services.

Equipment

  • Production equipment to meet otherwise unachievable growth demand
  • Advanced digital equipment and systems (e.g. 3D printers, scientific equipment or medical devices)
  • Advanced logistics systems and equipment

Services

  • Engage business mentors, coaches, consultants or advisors to provide advice (e.g. on business structures and governance, systems improvement, export and commercial negotiations)
  • Intellectual property (IP) advice
  • Feasibility studies
  • Engage an advisory board

The equipment or service must have a direct link to increasing employment or contributing to your business’ growth strategy. If your application is successful, a single up-front grant payment will be made directly to the business.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • have a minimum trading history of 3 years at the time of application
  • have a minimum turnover of $500,000 for the last financial year
  • have fewer than 50 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth and employment opportunities in Queensland
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

Your business must have the potential for high-growth within the next 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment.

The applying business must have:

  • a business plan in place
  • the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business
  • clearly defined an opportunity and developed a plan for growth
  • demonstrated how the funding will assist the business to achieve these goals.

Only 1 application will be accepted from an individual ABN or a financial beneficiary of a business for consideration at any one time.

Successful applicants cannot reapply for funding under this program.

Important dates

Round 1 is now open.

For your application to be considered by the next assessment panel, your application must be submitted by 24 April 2018.

Applications will remain open after this date but will be assessed by a panel in June 2018.

Who should apply:

Businesses applying for funding must use the grant to manage and finance their business expansion, including but not limited to:

  • increasing employmentBusiness Growth Fund Program
  • improving management processes and systems to increase productivity and efficiency
  • introducing product processes or systems innovations
  • entering new markets
  • increasing turnover/sales.

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