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. The current delivery schedule for the grants is listed 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 Development Grants

The Social Enterprise Development Grants program will provide 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.

Funding of between $5,000 and $25,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for eligible applicants to purchase equipment and resources, or access business services, to support a solid business foundation for the social enterprise.

For further information and to confirm eligibility for this grant, carefully read the:

Applications will open at 9am on 27 May 2022 and close at 5pm on 30 June 2022.

The online application form and project budget template will be made available here when applications open.

Applications, including all supporting documentation, must be submitted using the online application form.

Successful applicants will be determined following a merit based assessment process.

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).

Social Enterprise Growth Grants

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants are closed.

Following a competitive funding round, 30 successful projects across Queensland have been awarded grants.

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 program supports social enterprises that have operated and traded in Queensland for a minimum of 1 year, 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.

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program is a limited life program.

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 May 2022

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