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If you’re considering creating or updating your digital marketing there’s never been a better time. In March, June and November 2017, small businesses can apply for a grant for matched funding (of up to $10,000) from the Queensland Government.
Which means if you want to invest $4,000 in online marketing for your small business, then you can actually invest $8,000, with half paid for by the Queensland Government.
The first round of applications ended in 2016 and several of our clients were successful in getting funding. We helped them apply and we’d love to help you too. Too find out more contact [email protected] In the meantime here’s everything you need to know.
1. What is the Small Business Digital Grants Program?
The new Small Business Digital Grants Program from the Queensland Government has been created to help small businesses pay for hardware, software and marketing services including training.
2. How much money is available?
Matched funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) will be provided to each successful small business applicant.
3. What marketing do I have to do to get a grant?
Your small business must show that the technology or service purchased and adopted will enhance the capabilities of your business to help you be more competitive and employ more staff.
4. What marketing services can I use the grant for?
The government information doesn’t cover that in detail but it could be anything that helps grow your business including website design or updates, online stores, social media campaigns, web or blog content.
As long as the technology or service falls under one of these five areas:
5. How can I use it to pay for training?
We offer training in:
Up to 20% of your co-contribution amount can be used for training in new technologies. If you need more information on this please email me.
6. Is my business eliglible?
All Queensland-based small businesses can apply, as long as they can show that the digital technology or service purchased will enhance their capabilities and make them more competitive.
To be eligible your business must:
12 months after completion of the project your business must take part in a survey and provide a project report detailing how the funds were spent and the impact it has had on your business.
Each business can only apply once a per year.
7. If my application is successful when will I get the government contribution?
Payment will be made directly to your business on completion of the project with proof of payment for the product or service. The value of the grant payment will be increased to compensate for any GST.
8. Is there a deadline?
Round 2 of grant applications opens on 8 March 2017.
Further round are projected to open in June and November 2017 although the exact dates aren’t yet known.
9. How do I apply?
Applications opened on 8 March 2017. If you wish to apply we recommend you ask us for a proposal well before that date to make sure you meet the deadline.
You can lodge an application online at www.business.qld.gov.au/digital.
Your application must contain all the information specified in the application form and should be submitted online.
If you cannot submit an application online, email your details to [email protected] and you will be contacted about other options.
You may only lodge one application at a time. Successful applicants may not re-apply. Unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit a new application in subsequent rounds of the program.
10. What do I need to include with the application?
Your application must include:
If you will be using a consultant to deliver a service, a project proposal and quote from the consultant must be submitted with your application, and include:
Can we help get your application started?
Already many people of our clients have asked us to create a proposal for them which meets the criteria outlined above, so they can put in an application for this grant. Remember the deadline is 9 December.
We can write a proposal for most internet marketing activities including:
Would your business benefit from this opportunity?
Remember applications open in March and June 2017 and we recommend you contact us today to get the ball rolling and get your application completed in time.
Apply here: Online application form
Request a proposal to complete your application
Please get in touch asap if you’d like a proposal from us to use in your application for the digital marketing grant. It may take up to three working days for us to assess your needs, create a marketing strategy and write a proposal that will give your business the best ROI.
We offer this service free of charge to existing clients while new clients can access this service for $99, which we’ll refund if your application is successful and you hire Mucho to complete your digital marketing project and training.
Contact Annabel or Rich at Mucho by email now or call us on 07 54473187.