What is a ‘Government Grant?’

A government grant is financial funding given by the federal, state or local government to eligible recipients. Most government grants are for funding ideas and projects providing public services and stimulating the economy. Because government grants are funded by tax dollars, they require stringent compliance and reporting measures for ensuring the money is well-spent.

Applying for Government Grants

Government grants are extremely competitive. The paperwork is complex, and applicants must describe how being awarded money will benefit the community. Crafting a convincing proposal is so challenging that some freelance writers specialise in writing grant proposals.

After getting a check for a government grant, detailed reports accounting for how the money is spent during the grant period and what accomplishments or failures occur must be documented and submitted according to various deadlines.


Small Business Digital Grants Program

The Small Business Digital Grants Program provides small businesses with access to digital technologies and services to enable them to work smarter, engage with the global economy and make the most of online business opportunities arising from digital disruption.

Available funding

Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses for the purchase of hardware, software and services (such as digital coaching). The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the digital capabilities of their business and help them to be more competitive and employ more staff.

Up to 20% of the applicant’s co-contribution amount can be an in-kind element for their personal time being trained in new technologies.

The digital technology or service must fall under one of five identified priority areas:

  • digital marketing and social media
  • digital content (web pages, mobile apps, media etc.)
  • receiving payments or selling online
  • specialised digital technology or software (business specific)
  • digital planning and advice/training.

Payment will be made directly to the business on completion of the project and on presentation of proof of payment for the product or service. The value of the grant payment will be increased to compensate for any GST.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible the business must:

  • have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • Provide an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland-based operations
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are an undischarged bankrupt or insolvent.

The participating business must provide a project report on completion of the project detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on the business.

Only 1 application per year will be accepted from an individual ABN or business address.

Important dates

Round 2 opens on 8 March 2017 and closes on 10 April 2017 at 5pm.

Further rounds will open in June and November 2017.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

Who should apply

All Queensland-based small businesses can apply. The business must show that the digital technology or service purchased will enhance the digital capabilities of the business and help them to be more competitive.

QLD Government

Small Business Digital Grants Program

If you would like to apply for the digital grants program DLM Marketing can help you with your application.

Important dates

Round 2 opens on 8 March 2017 and closes on 10 April 2017 at 5pm.

Further rounds will open in June and November 2017.

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

Please contact us for more information,  if you have missed out on a round we can take your name and contact details and contact you when applications are open again.

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