This Economic Development Grant Program was created to support the delivery of projects that will have a positive impact on the local business environment and the local economy, and looks to encourage collaboration and partnerships between Council, business representative groups and the business community.
This Grants Program operates on a rolling basis and is not subject to closing dates and application deadlines. They remain open until the end of the financial year, or until all of the allocated funding has been distributed.
Council has awarded over $50,000 of Economic Development Grants for a wide range of projects that benefit the Noosa economy.
Projects funded under this grant program must support the delivery of the Economic Development Strategy through initiatives that will:
– Connect local businesses
– Contribute to the development of the business ecosystem
– Encourage business innovation
– Build business & entrepreneurial capacity and skills
– Contribute to the ease of doing business
– Enable partnerships and collaboration between businesses and/or organisations in the Noosa region
– Address a local workforce gap
– Assist in growing the reputation of Noosa as a preferred business location
– Attract additional funding to the Shire
– Contribute to the growth and development of existing and new industry to Noosa.
There are three categories:
1. Quick Response Grants – This small grants program provides up to $2,000 to support small one-off projects such as workshops, meet-ups and events that engage and benefit the Noosa business community. Applications must be received at least 21 days prior to the commencement of the project.
2. Project Partnership Grants – These grants support innovative one-off projects of merit that have a positive impact on the local business environment and will be completed within 12 months of commencement.
3. Multi-Year Partnership Grants – These grants assist stakeholders in delivering longer term programs agreed by Council that extend beyond 12 months. Funding agreements will consider funding both ongoing operational costs and project specific costs.