Two weeks left to apply for COVID-19 Business Support Grants

If you are a business owner or a sole trader and were impacted by the August lockdown that saw south-east Queensland shut down than you have just two weeks to apply for a State Government grant to cover your drop in business over that time.

So far more than 30,000 business owners and sole traders have already been paid more than $279 million in Palaszczuk Government COVID-19 Business Support Grants to help them overcome a drop in business due to Queensland’s August lockdowns and the border closure.

Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer has urged businesses across the state to apply for the grants before they close in two weeks.

The joint State-Commonwealth Government grants of $1,000 to $30,000 are available to eligible businesses affected by the south-east Queensland and Cairns/Yarrabah lockdowns (July 31 to August 8) and the Queensland-New South Wales border closures.

“Here in Queensland, we didn’t have a lockdown that went for longer than three days until recently and that’s because Queenslanders have done an incredible job stopping Delta in its tracks,” Minister Farmer said.

“But we know the impact of COVID-19 is being felt.

“That’s why we put backing small business at the heart of our $14.5 billion COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan and that’s why we are providing the COVID-19 Business Support Grants.

“If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, please make sure you jump onto Business Queensland’s COVID-19 support grants webpage and check the guidelines.

“You’ll need to apply before 5pm on 16 November if you employ staff or 5pm on 30 November if you’re a sole trader.

“Importantly, every eligible business that applies before the deadline will receive a grant.

“If your business suffered a drop in trade of more than 30 percent and has turnover of more than $75,000 a year, you could be eligible for a grant of up to $30,000 depending on your payroll size.”

Businesses can go to or call the Small Business Hotline on 1300 654 687 to take advantage of the services available.

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