The Queensland Government is supporting eligible small and medium businesses (and not for profit organisations) impacted by lockdowns taking effect during August 2021.
What payments are available?
- A $10,000 grant to employing small businesses and not for profit organisations with an annual payroll of less than $1.3 million;
- A $15,000 grant to employing medium sized businesses and not for profit organisations with an annual payroll between $1.3 million and $10 million; and
- A $30,000 grant to employing large sized tourism and hospitality focused businesses and not for profit organisations with an annual payroll of more than $10 million.
What is the eligibility criteria?
To be eligible, a business or not for profit organisation must (at the time of applying);
- employ staff (in addition to the business owners and be employed on the business’s payroll);
- have an Australian Business Number (ABN) for the business or not for profit organisation continuously held since 30 June 2021;
- be registered for GST;
- have a Queensland headquarters (i.e. the principal place of business is located in Queensland);
- the impacted business was based and trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021 and is not insolvent or have owners/directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt;
- have an annual payroll of not more than $10 million (except for large tourism and hospitality businesses in the identified tourism and hospitality sector (link to ANZSIC Codes) during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years;
- have an annual turnover of over $75,000 during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020- 21 financial years;
- demonstrate the business was directly or indirectly affected by a lock down event; and
- demonstrate or declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during a nominated 7- day period which must include at least 1 full day of a lock down event when compared against turnover achieved by the entity during the same 7-day period in 2019 (or if that 2019 period is not indicative of the entity’s typical weekly turnover, a comparable 7-day period).
What can the grant funding be spent on?
The grant has been provided to offer relief and support to your business on the back of a lock down period. Funding may be used for business expenses.
When and how can you apply?
Applications open at midday on 16 August 2021 and will close after three months on 16 November 2021 as stated on QRIDA’s website.
What is the process?
Step 1: To apply go to the online application at www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrant
- All applications must be submitted electronically;
- Applicants must fully complete their application and provide all supporting evidence. If QRIDA asks for additional information, applicants must provide that information as directed by QRIDA; and
- Applications must be provided by applicants and not third parties.
Step 2: Provision of supporting evidence
As part of process applicants are required to provide various forms of supporting evidence including:
- Demonstration of reduction in turnover;
- Evidence they employ staff;
- Business payroll records; and
- Annual turnover records.
This may be provided in the form of an accountant or tax professional’s letter a template of which is available at www.business.qld.gov.au/supportgrant.
Should you wish to apply please follow the instructions above and start your own application. If you require additional assistance please contact us on (07) 3910 5675 or [email protected].