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 and growth grants for eligible organisations. Following the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants program which is now closed, the next grant to be launched is the Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

Grants delivery schedule

Grant program Launch date Opening date Closing date
Community Social Enterprise Development Grants 29 May 2021 3 June 2021 15 July 2021
Social Enterprise Growth Grants 9 September 2021 23 September 2021 7 October 2021
Sector Development Grants November 2021 December 2021 February 2022
Social Enterprise Development Grants April 2022 May 2022 June 2022

Social Enterprise Growth Grants

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program will provide 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 2 years to grow the business including its social impact and increase employees.

Available funding

In 2021–22, $800,000 will be made available for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants.

Your social enterprise may be eligible for financial assistance of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST).

Eligibility criteria

Your business must be a Queensland social enterprise that can demonstrate it meets the program definition of a social enterprise (including the commercial trading and reinvesting benchmarks outlined in the funding guidelines), and has operated and traded in Queensland for at least 12 months.

Your social enterprise must have a mission or purpose aligned to Queensland Government priorities including, but not limited to:

  • supporting jobs
  • investing in skills
  • growing regions
  • protecting the environment
  • safeguarding health.

Eligible activities

Grants will provide funding for activities, services or expenditure that build the skills, capability and capacity of the social enterprise. Funding requested must have a direct link to increasing business sustainability and/or employment.

Funding is available for the purchase of:

  • production equipment
  • digital equipment and systems
  • consumables, resources or materials (specific to an identified growth opportunity)
  • skills development and coaching programs
  • business and strategic planning advice
  • website development and upgrades
  • marketing strategies.

Application process

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants open on 23 September 2021 and close on 7 October 2021.

Note: The online application form will be available from 23 September 2021.

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

To apply, complete the following steps.

  1. Read the eligibility criteria.
  2. Read the funding guidelines (PDF, 224KB).
  3. If eligible, complete and submit the online application form (when available) and all supporting documentation by 5pm on 7 October 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 these key program documents before applying:

If you have further questions, email programdesign@desbt.qld.gov.au.

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

This program is now closed.

Successful projects will be published here when announced.

Program details

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.

Eligibility activities

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.

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

Last updated 9 September 2021

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