2021 QLD COVID-19 Business Support Grants

2021 QLD COVID-19 Business Support Grants

The Queensland Government announced updated details of the 2021 QLD COVID-19 Business Support Grant. 

Grants are available to eligible employing businesses and not for profit organisations across Queensland affected by the August 2021 COVID-19 lockdowns.   

Available Funding  

You may be eligible to receive a grant of between $10,000 and $30,000 (excluding GST) depending on the size of your business. This grant may be used for business expenses.  

Eligible businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Queensland have access to tiered payments based on payroll size.  

The tiers are:  

  • $10,000 grant to employing small businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland of less than $1.3 million  
  • $15,000 grant to employing medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland between $1.3 million and $10 million  
  • $30,000 grant to employing large sized tourism and hospitality focused businesses and not-for-profit organisations with an annual payroll in Queensland of greater than $10 million.  
  • $1,000 grant to non-employing sole traders based in Queensland

Applications for non-employing sole traders will open in September 2021.

Eligibility Criteria  

In South East Queensland, your business must have been affected by the lockdown commencing 31 July 2021. Your business must therefore operate in one of the 11 local government areas that were subject to lockdown restrictions including:  

  • Brisbane City Council  
  • Gold Coast City Council  
  • Ipswich City Council  
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council  
  • Logan City Council  
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council  
  • Noosa Shire Council  
  • Redland City Council  
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council  
  • Somerset Regional Council  
  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council.  

To be eligible, you must:  

  • employ staff (employees must be on your payroll and does not include any business owners)  
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) continuously held from 30 June 2021  
  • be registered for GST  
  • have Queensland headquarters (i.e. your principal place of business is located in Queensland) and have been trading in Queensland on 31 July 2021  
  • not be insolvent, or have owners or directors that are insolvent or an undischarged bankrupt  
  • have an annual payroll of not more than $10 million (except for large businesses and not for profit organisations operating in an identified tourism and hospitality sector) during any of the 2018–19, 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial years  
  • have an annual turnover of over $75,000 during any of the 2018–19, 2019–20 or 2020–21 financial years  
    • Note: Businesses that have recently started can provide financial records to show they will reasonably meet this turnover requirement in the 2021–22 financial year  
  • demonstrate the business or not for profit organisation was directly or indirectly impacted by a lockdown event  
  • demonstrate or declare a reduction in turnover of 30% or more during a nominated 7-day period  
    • The 7-day period you choose must be between 31 July – 6 August 2021, when comparing against turnover achieved during the same 7-day period in July or August 2019, or   
    • if the 2019 period does not indicate a typical weekly turnover (e.g. for a recently started small business or business that has experienced structural changes), include another comparable period (e.g. the same period in July / August 2020).  
Supporting evidence 

Supporting evidence requirements include the following: 

  • Reduction in turnover of 30% or more – Provide the following evidence to demonstrate:  
    • direct impact: complete a declaration in your application  
    • indirect impact:  
      • submit sales turnover information from your business records for the relevant periods  
  • Employ staff – you must demonstrate you employ staff (in addition to the business owners and be employed on the business’s payroll). Evidence may include:  
    • business financial statements, business payroll records, payroll tax return information, or  
  • Annual payroll up to $10 million – you must demonstrate an annual payroll up to $10 million during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years (except for large tourism and hospitality businesses and not for profit organisations operating in an identified tourism and hospitality sector). Evidence may include: 
    • business payroll records, payroll tax return information  
  • Annual turnover of over $75,000 – you must demonstrate annual turnover of over $75,000 during any of the 2018-19, 2019-20 or 2020-21 financial years. Evidence may include:  
    • BAS statements or Australian Taxation Office records  
  • Trading location – to verify your trading location, you may provide:  
    • publicly available web information to identify your business operations (e.g. website or social media pages), or  
    • utility bills for the business location.  

Should you prefer Ausena Accountants to write a letter on your behalf confirming you meet the requirements, please contact us on (07) 3209 4088 or email us at springwood@ausena.com.au for assistance. Please note that we will need to review all relevant documentation supporting your eligibility, prior to a letter being created.  

How to apply  

Applications are now open.  

Unfortunately, third parties are not allowed to apply for the grant. As a result, Ausena Accountants cannot apply for the grant on your behalf. 

If eligible, you will need to apply online with supporting evidence through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) portal.