Another million reasons to support Queensland businesses
Published Monday, 18 September, 2023 at 10:40 AM
Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development and Minister for Youth Justice
The Honourable Di Farmer
- 47 recipients across the State will share more than $1 million in Social Enterprise Growth Grants that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.
- Grants of up to $25,000 have been awarded to a range of projects– including projects which provide greater access to develop First Nations-led agritourism activities, and support paid employment for people with intellectual disabilities.
- This is the largest funding round of any of the Social Enterprise Grants programs – which also includes Community Social Enterprise Development Grants, Sector Development Grants and Social Enterprise Development Grants.
More than $1 million in funding for 47 recipients has been announced in the final round of Social Enterprise Growth Grants (SEGG) for 2022-23 that help disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders.
Projects supported in the latest round of Social Enterprise Growth Grants include:
- Gunggandji Aerospace’s Sharing the story of Non-Traditional Pathways project, which will use $25,000 in grant funding to engage with local Indigenous communities, to promote employment and training opportunities in the aerospace industry.
- Cape York Institute’s Website Improvement project, which will use $25,000 in grant funding to significantly improve their Mayi Market online store, making it easier for remote Cape York communities to access deliveries of fresh food.
- The Baking Bunch’s Production and Productivity Improvement project, which will use $25,000 in grant funding to purchase kitchen equipment and enhance the sales and growth of its commercial baking business, which provides paid work and training for people with intellectual disabilities.
Almost 120 recipients have benefited from more than $2.5 million in Palaszczuk Government funding across three funding rounds of the Social Enterprise Growth Grants program.
The grants are part of the broader, $8 million Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, which is building on the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy to support the development of a sustainable and thriving social enterprise sector
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer
“These projects deliver real social impact in our communities.
“Across countless Queensland communities, social enterprises play a vital role – supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable Queenslanders, while delivering training, skills and services for the greater good.
“Earlier this year, I announced $900,000 in Social Enterprise Growth Grants funding for 42 organisations, to grow and improve their social impact. This round sees even more organisations receive grants of up to $25,000 – directly and indirectly benefiting communities from Palm Island and Cairns, out to Murgon and down to Redland Bay.
“Among the recipients in this round is Townsville-based organisation Baby First Aid Queensland, which will use funding to develop an e-learning platform that will train more staff to deliver it’s life-saving Parentmedic program.
“Parentmedic is a two-hour baby and child first aid course, which empowers parents to act quickly and effectively in an emergency situation.
“Meanwhile, Bin Bypass Pty Ltd – a unique East Brisbane-based business maximising access to revenue from container deposit schemes – will use part of its $25,000 grant to produce infra-red container counting devices to install in the Bin Bypass units.
“These devices will help measure the number of containers diverted toward recycling and away from landfill.
“Through the broader Social Enterprise Job Fund, I’m delighted we can support projects which are making a positive difference to lives, livelihoods, and our natural landscape.”
Explainer/fast fact and or further information:
The Social Enterprise Growth Grants are part of the Social Enterprise Jobs Fund, which committed $8 million over two years to support the development of a sustainable and thriving social enterprise sector.
For the full list of grant recipients in Round 2 of the Social Enterprise Growth Grants program, please visit: https://desbt.qld.gov.au/training/future-skills-fund/social-enterprise-grants.