Small Business Start-up Grants - Apply Now

The Whitsunday Small Business Start-Up Program is a council-administered business grant fund targeting start-up business opportunities in the Whitsunday region.

It is a competitive and merit-based grant program that aims to attract entrepreneurs to undertake start-up business activities in the Whitsundays.

Successful applicants have the opportunity to receive monetary funding of up to $10,000 (matched 50:50 by the applicant) for business-related activities in a start-up new business.

Council will ensure the successful applicants will align with our identified regional economic opportunities and will not compete with existing business.

The program aims to benefit the Whitsunday Region by:

  • Increasing employment;
  • Attracting new investment;
  • Increasing local supply and/or manufacturing supply chains (i.e. local import replacement, local procurement);
  • Establishing new trade opportunities (local, inter-regional and/or overseas);
  • Value adding to the existing Whitsunday region; and
  • Providing circular economy benefits.

To find out if your start-up is eligible download the Program Guidelines here.

You can also view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you before applying.


Apply Now!

You can submit your application by completing the Online Application form below

OR

To complete a paper application, please download the Application Form (Word document) and submit via the Upload Hardcopy Application tab below

OR

Deliver your completed hardcopy application by Post or in person to one of Council's Customer Service Centres (contact details below).


Contact Us

Phone: 1300 972 753 (WRC QLD)

Email: info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

Post: Small Business Start-up Business Program, PO Box 104, Proserpine QLD 4800


Important Dates:

Applications Open: 1 February 2019

Applications Close: 15 March 2019

Notice of Application Outcome: by June 2019


This program forms part of a wider strategy for economic prosperity in the Whitsunday region. Council have developed this initiative as a direct response to Action Item 5.2 of the Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy 2017-2022.

For more information on starting your business, download the Starting Your Business Checklist here


The Whitsunday Small Business Start-Up Program is a council-administered business grant fund targeting start-up business opportunities in the Whitsunday region.

It is a competitive and merit-based grant program that aims to attract entrepreneurs to undertake start-up business activities in the Whitsundays.

Successful applicants have the opportunity to receive monetary funding of up to $10,000 (matched 50:50 by the applicant) for business-related activities in a start-up new business.

Council will ensure the successful applicants will align with our identified regional economic opportunities and will not compete with existing business.

The program aims to benefit the Whitsunday Region by:

  • Increasing employment;
  • Attracting new investment;
  • Increasing local supply and/or manufacturing supply chains (i.e. local import replacement, local procurement);
  • Establishing new trade opportunities (local, inter-regional and/or overseas);
  • Value adding to the existing Whitsunday region; and
  • Providing circular economy benefits.

To find out if your start-up is eligible download the Program Guidelines here.

You can also view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you before applying.


Apply Now!

You can submit your application by completing the Online Application form below

OR

To complete a paper application, please download the Application Form (Word document) and submit via the Upload Hardcopy Application tab below

OR

Deliver your completed hardcopy application by Post or in person to one of Council's Customer Service Centres (contact details below).


Contact Us

Phone: 1300 972 753 (WRC QLD)

Email: info@whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au

Post: Small Business Start-up Business Program, PO Box 104, Proserpine QLD 4800


Important Dates:

Applications Open: 1 February 2019

Applications Close: 15 March 2019

Notice of Application Outcome: by June 2019


This program forms part of a wider strategy for economic prosperity in the Whitsunday region. Council have developed this initiative as a direct response to Action Item 5.2 of the Whitsunday Region Economic Development Strategy 2017-2022.

For more information on starting your business, download the Starting Your Business Checklist here


Small Business Start-up Program Application

Please complete the form below to apply for the Small Business Start-Up Program. 

You should allow approximately 1 hour to complete your application. Please note you cannot save and return to later.

If you wish to complete the application on paper, please download the Application Form which is available on the webpage, and return to Council via email, post or in person at our Customer Service Centres.

The application portal will be available to access until 5pm, Friday 15 March 2019.

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You may write up to 500 words. You should demonstrate: How is the new business clearly new or unique, or has a strong point of difference to existing businesses in the Whitsunday region? | How does the new business address an identified market need? | Demonstrate a sound understanding of potential markets, competitors and industry.
You may write up to 500 words. You should demonstrate: How the funding will directly support business start-up activities? | Provide a self-rating of where your start-up business is currently at and what impact the funding will have on moving to the next level? | What is the expected contribution to the business (e.g. financial, employment FTE and/or other measures)?
You may write up to 500 words. You should demonstrate: How your business provides value for money (with supporting evidence such as supplier quotes) | Demonstrate the business activity has been thoroughly researched, planned and considered | Show the key risks for delivering the business activity have been identified and mitigation approaches considered.
You may write up to 500 words. You should demonstrate: How your business aligns to one or more of the 3 pillar industries? | How the business will deliver economic benefit to the Whitsunday region (e.g. employment)? | What is the potential of the business to get investor-ready and/or attract future investment to the region?
You may write up to 500 words. You should demonstrate: That you can match the amount applied for (e.g. bank statement) | Your ability to deliver the grant activity within the 12 month timeframe (if not, explain why)
Please refer to previous question
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Reminder: Up to $10,000 to be matched 50:50
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