Social Enterprise Jobs Fund

The Queensland Government has announced $8 million over the next 2 years for the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, as part of the Future Skills Fund.

The Jobs Fund will continue to build on the commitments under the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy to support the development of a sustainable and thriving social enterprise sector.

Under the Jobs Fund, $3 million in funding will be delivered over the next 2 years through business development grants for eligible organisations, starting with the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants.

Upcoming grants

Grant programLaunch dateOpening dateClosing date
Community Social Enterprise Development Grants29 May 20213 June 20211 July 2021
Social Enterprise Development GrantsLate July 2021August 2021September 2021
Social Enterprise Growth GrantsNovember 2021December 2021February 2022
Sector Development GrantsApril 2022May 2022June 2022

Community Social Enterprise Development Grants Program

The Community Social Enterprise Development Grants Program will provide grants to experienced non-profit community-based organisations to increase the capability and capacity of the social enterprises they operate.

The program aims to assist organisations to grow existing social enterprises and expand skills development and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Queenslanders, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • migrants and refugees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people (aged 15–24 years), including those in and transitioned from out-of-home care
  • women re-entering the workforce
  • veterans, ex-Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families
  • recently released prisoners.

Available funding

You may be eligible for funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 (excluding GST).

In 2021–22, $600,000 will be made available for Community Social Enterprise Development Grants.

Eligibility criteria

Your organisation must be a Queensland non-profit community-based organisation who has operated a social enterprise for a minimum of 2 years.

Your organisation must support disadvantaged jobseekers through the social enterprise, which may include assistance delivered under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative.

Grants will provide funding for activities or expenditure that build the organisational capacity and sustainability of the social enterprise.

Funding is available for the purchase of:

  • production equipment
  • digital equipment and systems
  • consumables
  • resources and materials
  • business support
  • website development and upgrades
  • marketing strategies.

Application process

Applications for funding are now open and will close at 5pm Thursday, 1 July 2021.

The Community Social Enterprise Development Grants Program is a limited life program and applications will be considered through a competitive funding round process.

  1. Read the eligibility criteria.
  2. Read the funding guidelines (PDF, 179KB).
  3. Complete and submit the application form (XLSX, 39KB) (and all supporting documentation) to programdesign@desbt.qld.gov.au by 5pm Thursday, 1 July 2021.

If successful, you must enter into a Services Agreement (funding contract) with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

More information

For more information, read the key program documents before applying:

For more information, email programdesign@desbt.qld.gov.au.

Last updated 3 June 2021

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