Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

New Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy and start-up grants

Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy

18 September, 2019 –

Social enterprises are businesses that exist to benefit the public and community (rather than just shareholders and owners) by developing new solutions to social, cultural, economic or environmental problems.

The social enterprise sector in Queensland is growing and currently supports around 4,000 jobs – from small local businesses that employ people with disability, to not-for-profit commercial kitchens or cafés that help the homeless.

The Palaszczuk Government recognises the importance of social enterprises to the social and economic framework of our communities, particularly in regional areas. That’s why we have released the Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy, with a $1 million investment in the 2019–20 Budget to support it.

The Strategy will ensure our state’s social enterprises can continue to grow and deliver jobs and training opportunities for disadvantaged Queenslanders. Ultimately, this is about providing broader social, environmental and cultural benefits to social enterprises and the communities they serve, wherever they may be in Queensland.

Grants

Social enterprises often face unique challenges in the start-up and growth phase of their businesses. With this in mind, the Strategy includes funding to deliver an innovative grants program tailored for social enterprise start-ups.

Eligible groups and businesses can apply for matched funding of up to $50,000, with the initial round opening on 1 October 2019. Further details about the grants will be released in the coming weeks.

Visit www.desbt.qld.gov.au/socialenterprise for more information.