Business Basics Grant

The Queensland government supports the small business sector through a range of initiatives.  The Business Basics Grants Program provides support to businesses to increase core skills and adopt best practice.

Grant funded activities must be in one of five priorities:

  1. Training and Coaching
  2. Website Build/Upgrades
  3. Professional Business Advice
  4. Strategic Marketing Services
  5. Business Continuity and Succession

Program 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.


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.

The department may revoke funding of applicants that do not meet their completion dates.


To be eligible to apply, the business must:

  • have fewer than twenty employees (by headcount) at the time of applying for the grant;
  • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and registered for GST;
  • have a Queensland headquarters and be based in regional Queensland;
  • have a turnover of between $300,000 or less for the last financial year (2020-21);
  • not have been approved for funding under Round 1 of the Business Basics Program; and
  • have owners/directors who are not insolvent or undischarged bankrupt.

Local Government Areas

For the purpose of the program, the following Queensland Local Government Areas are in regional Queensland:

·                Aurukun

·                Balonne

·                Banana

·                Barcaldine

·                Barcoo

·                Blackall-Tambo

·                Boulia

·                Bulloo

·                Bundaberg

·                Burdekin

·                Burke

·                Cairns

·                Carpentaria

·                Cassowary Coast

·                Central Highlands

·                Charters Towers

·                Cherbourg

·                Cloncurry

·                Cook

·                Croydon

·                Diamantina

·                Doomadgee

·               Douglas

·               Etheridge

·               Flinders

·               Fraser Coast

·               Gladstone

·               Goondiwindi

·               Gympie

·               Hinchinbrook

·               Hope Vale

·               Isaac

·               Kowanyama

·               Livingstone

·               Lockhart River

·               Longreach

·               Mackay

·               Mapoon

·               Maranoa

·               Mareeba

·               McKinlay

·               Mornington

·               Mount Isa

·               Murweh

·           Napranum

·           North Burnett

·           Northern Peninsula

·           Palm Island

·           Paroo

·           Pormpuraaw

·           Quilpie

·           Richmond

·           Rockhampton

·           South Burnett

·           Southern Downs

·           Tablelands

·           Torres

·           Torres Strait Island

·           Townsville

·           Weipa

·           Western Downs

·           Whitsunday

·           Winton

·           Woorabinda

·           Wujal Wujal

·       Yarrabah

Time Frames

Approved applicants must complete their grant funded activity within four months of receiving their approval letter.

Applicants must advise the department of any variations to the completion dates.

If applicants do not meet their completion dates, they may have to return grant funding to the department.


Applications open 9.00am, 8th September 2021 and close when the department receives enough applications for a competitive assessment.  Not all applications will be funded.

Apply at on the opening date and time.

The grant may be in high demand, so please monitor the application tracker.  In addition, the applicant must complete the application and validate every question before submitting it.