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 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022

Sector Development Grants

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

Applications are now open and will close 5pm on Friday 11 February 2022.

Eligible applicants are 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.

Individual social enterprises may be eligible to apply, but only where their primary role is to provide incubator or accelerator programs, or are active in the ecosystem development.

Submit your application using the online application form.

Note: You must attach all supporting documents within your online form.

Read the following program documents before you complete and submit your application:

  1. Sector Development Grants funding guidelines (PDF, 193KB)
  2. Sector Development Grants frequently asked questions (FAQs) (PDF, 192KB)
  3. Project Budget template (XLSX, 40KB) -  to show itemised costs for total grant funds sought.

You must complete and submit the online application form and supporting documents by the closing date to be considered.

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

Social Enterprise Growth Grants

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants are now 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

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 6 January 2022

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