Current tenders, contracts, grants and business opportunities

Tenders

Each year Toowoomba Regional Council awards a large number of tenders for important projects in the region. 

Council tenders are generally released each Saturday at 9am. To find out more, visit Council's website or

The Local Government Tender Box

 

Work Packages

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing - Nexus Delivery

 

Business Opportunities

Simple access to information and services for businesses - https://www.business.gov.au/

 

Industry Skills Find - Accelerate Small Business Grants Program opened 25 October

The Queensland Government is providing $3 million in grant funding over 3 years to established Queensland-based small businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months. The Accelerate Small Business Grants Program provides targeted assistance to small businesses that demonstrate high-growth and employment aspirations, to engage high-level expertise for their business.

Available funding

Matching funding of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided to eligible businesses to engage business mentors, coaches, or an advisory board, for 6 to 12 months. The funding must be matched by a cash contribution from the participating business.

Two grant payments will be made directly to the business, with 50% paid on approval and a further 50% paid on successful completion of the project.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the business must:

  • have a minimum trading history of 4 years
  • have a minimum turnover of $750,000
  • have a maximum headcount of 20 employees at the time of application
  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • have Queensland headquarters or significant Queensland operations
  • have competitive opportunities in domestic or international markets
  • be experiencing growth and have clearly defined high-growth opportunities
  • declare if any owners or directors of the business are, or have previously been, bankrupt or insolvent.
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This grant is targeted at established Queensland-based small businesses that are financially sound and have the potential for high-growth over the next 1 to 2 years. High-growth is generally considered to be a 20% increase in turnover or employment. The participant must have a business plan in place, and the capacity to access finance to fund the growth of their business.

Participating businesses will need to have a clearly defined opportunity and plan for growth, and demonstrate how engaging external advice will allow the business to achieve these goals.

Only 1 application per year will be accepted from an individual ABN or business address.

Important dates

Applications open on 25 October 2016 and may be lodged until the annual budget is fully allocated. At this time, the round will close and a new round will open at the beginning of the next financial year.

The participating business must provide a progress report after 3 months and a final report on completion of the project outlining:

  • the advice received
  • how the advice has been implemented
  • the impact on the business
  • the results and outcomes achieved 

Businesses will be surveyed 12 months after the completion of the project.

Who should apply

It is expected that participating businesses will be seeking support to manage and finance their business expansion which may include, but is not limited to:

  • increasing employment
  • improving management processes and systems to increase productivity and efficiency
  • introducing product process or systems innovations
  • entering new markets
  • increasing turnover/sales 

Guidelines

Before applying, please read the Accelerate Small Business Grants Program Application Guidelines.

How to apply

Online applications are now open.

When applying, please refer to the:

How you will be assessed

All applications will be assessed against eligibility criteria. Further assessment will include:

  • the extent to which the services will support the development of the business
  • potential and likelihood the activity will deliver jobs growth
  • value for money.
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An assessment panel will meet monthly to consider applications received in the past month.

Further information

For further information about the program and application process, refer to the guidelines or call 13 QGOV (13 74 68).

 

 

Advance Queensland Funding

Ignite Ideas Fund Announced

Businesses and startups can now apply for up to $250,000 to help turn their ideas into market-ready products through the $10 million Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas Fund. The Ignite Ideas Fund is part of a broad commercialisation initiative, co-designed with industry, to provide targeted support to startups and small business and capitalise on emerging industries.

Youth

Advance Queensland Young Starters

Provider: Queensland Government

Funding: Up to $20,000

Eligible to: Not-for-profit 

Rounds: Ongoing

Purpose: The Advance Queensland Young Starters Program aims to help young Queenslanders to develop and pitch their great ideas to the world

Link: advanceqld.initiatives.qld.gov.au/entrepreneurs-startups/young-starters.aspx

To find out more about Advance Queensland current funding opportunities, click here.

Grants

Please see below, a list of current Grants you maybe be interested in which are currently open.

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