Social Enterprise Jobs Fund

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

The Social Enterprise 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, $4.6 million in funding has been allocated to business development and growth grants for eligible organisations. The grant programs delivered are outlined below.

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 17 December 2021 6 January 2022 11 February 2022
Social Enterprise Development Grants 12 May 2022 27 May 2022 30 June 2022
Social Enterprise Growth Grants – Round  1, 2022–23 17 October 2022 17 October 2022 12 January 2023
Social Enterprise Growth Grants – Round 2, 2022–23 1 March 2023 1 March 2023 28 April 2023

Social Enterprise Growth Grants

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants (Round 1, 2022–23) are closed.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their applications in late February 2023.

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants (Round 2, 2022–23) will open on 1 March 2023. This will be the final funding round for the program.

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants 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.

Available funding

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.

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, and 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 (Round 1, 2022–23) opened on 17 October 2022 and closed at 5pm, Thursday 12 January 2023.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of their applications in late February 2023.

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants (Round 2, 2022–23) will open on 1 March 2023. This will be the final funding round for this program.

More information

For more information, read the following key program documents:

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

Social Enterprise Development Grants

Applications for the Social Enterprise Development Grants are closed.

Following a competitive funding round, 23 successful projects across Queensland have been awarded grants.

The Social Enterprise Development Grants program provides grants for approved projects to support newly established or early stage Queensland social enterprises to build capability and capacity, and increase business resilience and confidence.

The program supports social enterprises that have operated or traded in Queensland for a period of 18 months or less, and have a mission or purpose aligned to Queensland Government priorities, such as:

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

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

Sector Development Grants

Applications for the Sector Development Grants are closed.

Following a competitive funding round, 8 successful projects across Queensland have been awarded grants. These projects will provide opportunities for Queensland based social enterprises to participate in sector capability and capacity building activities.

The Sector Development Grants program provides grants of between $10,000 and $200,000 for approved projects that support the development and growth of the social enterprise ecosystem in Queensland.

The program supports sector intermediary organisations or significant ecosystem developers with experience in building the skills, capability and capacity of social enterprises. Such intermediaries may include:

  • incubator and accelerator program providers
  • social entrepreneurs
  • social enterprise networks
  • research providers
  • academic institutions.

Successful applicants

View a list of successful applicants and their approved projects (PDF, 97KB).

Community Social Enterprise Development Grants Program

Applications for the Community Social Enterprise Development Grants are closed.

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

The program assists 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.

Successful applicants

View a list of successful applicants and their approved projects (XLSX, 14KB).

Last updated 12 January 2023

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