Social Enterprise Growth Grants

Date/Deadline: 12 Jan, 2023

The Queensland Government announced an investment of more than $1 billion in the 2021-22 State Budget for training and skills initiatives focused on preparing Queenslanders for the jobs of the future.

Skills are a key focus area of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan, and key investments include an additional $200 million over four years for the Future Skills Fund. The Future Skills Fund is comprised of a package of initiatives to support the skills and training needs of Queenslanders. It is intended to support the economic recovery and structural adjustment in response to COVID-19, focusing on reskilling and training in priority growth areas across the State.

The 2020-21 State Budget committed $8 million over two years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund (SEJF) as part of the Future Skills Fund. The SEJF will continue to deliver on the Government’s commitment under the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy (QSES) released in September 2019 to support the growth and development of a sustainable social enterprise sector. As part of the SEJF, $4.6 million will be delivered through development and growth grant programs to build the capability and capacity of the sector.

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT). The program provides grants to eligible established Queensland social enterprises for capability and capacity building that supports the business to scale up or adapt. The social enterprise must have potential within the next two years to grow the business including its social impact and increase employees.

In 2022–23, $1.6 million will be available for Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

Funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible organisations to purchase equipment and resources, or access business services, to enable them to move their social enterprise to the next stage of growth.

The aim of this grant is to assist established social enterprises based in Queensland to grow their business and support increased employment and outcomes for the community

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