Small Business Adaption GRANT Program

Round two of the Queensland Governments Small Business COVID 19 Adaption Grant Program, Learning Partnerships opened today and are already well on the way to being fully subscribed.

If you are interested you should get in quick.

Learning Partnerships Small business Mentor Miranda Mears warns that one of the Challenges was in creating Grant Applications is having to define how the money would be used and provide quotes. Of course this is critical and necessary due diligence however when you are fighting to keep your head above water getting quotes, thinking about what you need or even knowing where to start can be a daunting process.

Our Small Business Resilience Program and Alliance Advisory Board provides a simple tiered program which enables you to have a strategy, quote and business case ready to submit your application within hours.

For a complementary conversation and quote please contact miranda directly on Miranda@learningpartnerships.com.au to arrange a video conference call.

Introduction to the COVID 19 Business Adaption Program

Learning Partnerships COVID 19 Business Adaption Program is a flexible building block program that provides businesses from 1 person to small teams flexible choices to develop a Continuous Improvement and Innovation Program inline with International Standards and Nationally Recognised Qualifications.

Strategy

Miranda commences the program with a tailored Business Model and Innovation Workshop where the strategy for surviving and thriving post COVID 19 is nutted out using ideation and innovation techniques and tools. In the strategy workshop we deep dive into important areas that can make or break your business including your WHY, SWOT, Customers, expanding your reach and maximising opportunities.

Skills Development Program

From the Business Model and Innovation Workshop the program is contextualised and training and support packages refined. Programs that can be included can be tailored towards the business owner or the whole team to build innovation as business as usual into the businesses operations.

Miranda said that some of the skills development programs that could be included include Risk Management, Emotional Intelligence and Coping with Stress, Digital Technology Action Plans, Customer Service, Balancing home, work and culture, Extended DISC behavioural Analysis, Leadership and Innovation Skillsets. Miranda went on to say that Learning Partnerships qualifications scope is quite extensive and covers a broad range of industries but at the end of the day there are some basic building blocks necessary for businesses of any size and industry to build an innovation culture and high performance team.

Coaching, Mentoring

A standard inclusion in the program is quarterly coaching and mentoring sessions with Miranda Hamilton a business coach , and member of the Townsville Chamber of Commerce Board, Townsville Institute of Company Directors Committee Member and Mentoring for Growth Mentor . In these sessions we dive into seeing how defined goals and targets are working, look into our

Business Advisory Board.

All participants of the program are invited to attend monthly the Learning Partnerships Allianz Business Advisory Board. An advisory board is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the management of a corporation, organisation, or foundation.

The informal nature of an advisory board provides greater flexibility in structure and management compared to the board of directors and provides that sounding board of independence and importability – particularly valuable in small business when at times you feel you can be on your own.

More about the COVID 19 Business Adaption Program

The objective of this program is to support small businesses subject to closure or highly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown restrictions announced by the Queensland Government, to adapt and sustain their operations, and build resilience.

The program aims to see small and micro businesses:

  • prepare for the safe resumption of trading in the post COVID-19 recovery
  • access digital technologies to rebuild business operations and transition to a new way of doing business
  • respond to online opportunities, where possible, to sustain employment and maintain potential for longer-term growth
  • upskill and reskill business owners and staff to benefit from new technologies or business models
  • embrace business diversification to adapt and sustain operations
  • create or retain employment.

Available funding

The available grant amount is up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible small or micro business.

In recognition of the significant impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, the funding can be used towards the following:

  • financial, legal or other professional advice to support business sustainability and diversification
  • strategic planning, financial counselling or business coaching aligned to business development and diversification
  • building the business through marketing and communications activities, for example, content development (web pages, mobile apps, visual and audio media etc.)
  • digital/technological strategy development
  • digital training or re-training to adapt to new business models
  • capital costs associated with meeting COVID-19 SAFE requirements
  • specialised digital equipment or business specific software to move business operations online (e.g. logistics program for online ordering)
  • meeting business costs, including utilities, rent.

Note: Grant funds can also be used towards any of the above activities occurring from 23 March 2020 onwards, keeping in mind the project must be completed within a maximum of 6 months from the date of approval.

Once the program budget has been fully allocated, applications for the program will close. I

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the business must:

  • have been subject to closure or otherwise highly impacted by current shutdown restrictions announced by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer on 23 March 2020
  • demonstrate that business revenue has been significantly impacted since 23 March 2020 over a minimum 1-month period due to the onset and management of COVID-19
  • employ staff and have fewer than 20 employees at the time of applying for the grant
  • have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) active as at 23 March 2020
  • be registered for GST
  • have a Queensland headquarters
  • have an annual turnover over $75,000 for the last financial year
  • have a payroll of less than $1.3 million
  • not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt.

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