Small Business
The Palaszczuk Government’s Business Basics grants are getting a $5 million top up, with $5,000 grants available for small businesses in Far North Queensland.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said the grants are delivering on the commitment in the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan to back small business.

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui, said it was great news for Cook that grants were being made available exclusively for regional Queensland.

“This is a brilliant program, and the money can be used for a range of things including training, website upgrades, professional advice, marketing services or specialised business support,” Ms.Lui said.

“Business Basics grants are just one of the ways the Palaszczuk Government is backing small business – we’re also implementing the Big Plans for Small Business Strategy, making permanent the office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, and spending $2.67 billion directly with Small and Medium Enterprises by setting and exceeding the government procurement target.

“To allow us to offer more Business Basic grants, we will close applications for our regional Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grants program on Friday August 6.”

Ms. Lui said the money for this round of grants was coming from this existing program that is no longer in demand.

From 17 August small businesses in Far North Queensland will be able to review the guidelines and prepare their applications, with the round opening at 9am on 31 August.

Information on how to apply for the Small Business COVID 19 Adaption Grants program is available here.

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We understand there can be a maze of rules and criteria to navigate to apply for these grants and support packages. The National Retail Association has a dedicated team who can help you write and apply for this grant for a small fee should you require assistance. We have the expertise to support you with breaking down the eligibility, providing training options (if relevant) and completing a competitive submission. Contact us on or on 1800 732 066.