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.

The Social Enterprise Growth Grants program is now open.

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

Applications for the Social Enterprise Growth Grants are now open. 

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 are now open and will close on 7 October 2021.

Apply now – view and access the online application form here.


Note: The application form is an electronic document; responses entered into the form will only be saved when the form is submitted.

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 and all supporting documentation by 5pm on 7 October 2021. Supporting documentation to be attached must include:
    1. independent verification that the business meets the program definition of a social enterprise and has traded in Queensland for a minimum of 1 year
    2. an itemised project budget to support the amount of grant funds requested (use the available project budget template (XLSX, 40KB)).

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 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 23 September 2021

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