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February 3, 2017

$10,000 Small Business Digital Grants

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Published: 3 February 2017 

What is this grant all about?

The Queensland Government has made this grant available to enable eligible businesses to be in a stronger position to respond to competition and grow into globally competitive businesses through utilizing new technologies.

The main objectives for the program are to:

  • Assist small businesses to access the latest digital technologies to increase their productivity and competitiveness;
  • Enable small businesses to employ more staff and grow;
  • Provide access to training that will allow small businesses to use new technologies more effectively; 
  • Enable regional small businesses to expand their market reach through greater online presence; and
  • Assist small businesses to work smarter, be more innovative and work fewer hours.

Sounds awesome! Well what's even better is:

Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided!

This is an opportunity to reduce your financial contribution amount by up to 20% with an in-kind element for your personal time being trained in new technologies.

The digital technology or service must fall under one of five identified priority areas:

  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Digital content (web pages, mobile apps, media etc.)
  • Receiving payments or selling online
  • Specialised digital technology or software (business specific)
  • Digital planning and advice/training.

Wow!! Am I eligible for this Small Business Grant??

All Queensland based small business can apply, but you must show that the digital technology or services will enhance your business and help you to be more competitive:

  • Have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant;
  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST;
  • The business operations must run from a Queensland headquarters or operate predominantly within Queensland; and
  • Lastly declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

The boring (but important stuff)

  • There will be three rounds per year. Approximately 200 applications will be approved each year, distributed over the three rounds. It is expected the funding rounds will commence in March, June and November each year.
  • You can expect to receive a decision within the two months after you lodge your application.
  • You must not begin or pay for the product or service, in part or full, until you receive the approval letter. This is to ensure that you have confirmation that the project has been approved before starting your new campaign.
  • The Office of Small Business (OSB) will also carry out random audits of a sample of applications to ensure that the information provided is true and correct.

So what are you waiting for!?

Matter Solutions has the ability to assist your business with all 5 identified priority areas. To recap, these are:

  • Digital marketing and social media
  • Digital content (web pages, mobile apps, media etc.)
  • Receiving payments or selling online
  • Specialised digital technology or software (business specific)
  • Digital planning and advice/training.

Matter Solutions is a Digital Marketing Agency based in Brisbane with

We are small but experienced team of specialists using proven strategies focused on Return On Investment. Contact us today, we can assist to get your application in for further rounds in March and June 2017. 

Ben Maden

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