2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants for lockdown-impacted businesses in Queensland

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Applications for the 2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants opened at 12pm (midday), 16 August 2021.

Available funding

Initially, you may be eligible to receive a grant of $5,000 (excluding GST). This grant may be used for business expenses.

Under the joint Queensland and Australian Government support package recently announced, tiered payments based on payroll size for eligible businesses across Queensland will be available. Details of how these additional payments will be made are currently being finalised and will be available shortly.

These payments include an additional:

Note: The information you provide in your application may be used to assess your eligibility for this additional support.

2021 COVID-19 Business Support Grants – non-employing sole traders

Under the joint Queensland and Australian Government support package, a $1,000 one-off grant to non-employing sole traders across Queensland has been announced.

If you are a Queensland-based non-employing sole trader who has had a decline in turnover of more than 30% due to the South East Queensland lockdown commencing 31 July 2021 or the Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown commencing 8 August 2021, you may be eligible for a one-off $1,000 grant.

Further information about the eligibility requirements will be available shortly. 

Who can apply

Small and medium businesses and not for profit organisations

To be eligible, you:

Large tourism and hospitality businesses and not for profit organisations

To be eligible, you:

Lockdown events

Lockdown events and the impacted areas include:

South East Queensland lockdown – 31 July to 8 August 2021

The 11 local government areas subject to lockdown restrictions were:

Cairns and Yarrabah lockdown – 8 August to 11 August 2021

The 2 local government areas were:

Detailed eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, your business or not for profit organisation must:

Large tourism and hospitality businesses and not for profit organisations must ensure they are undertaking business activities in any of the identified tourism and hospitality ANZSIC (Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification) code industry areas and meet all eligibility criteria (although you can have an annual payroll greater than $10 million). Check the ANZSIC codes listed below to see if you are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Applications opened at 12pm (midday), 16 August 2021.

You will need to apply online with supporting evidence through the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) portal.

Note: Applications for the non-employing sole trader $1,000 grant are not to be submitted via the QRIDA portal. Application details for this grant will be available in the coming days. 

Detailed application process

To apply, complete the steps below.

  1. Read the eligibility criteria.
  2. Read the guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs).
  3. Gather and prepare your supporting evidence to submit with your application.
  4. Register for a QRIDA portal login (or check your existing login).
    • complete and submit your application through the QRIDA portal.

QRIDA profile

Create a QRIDA profile HERE

To get ready, create a QRIDA profile so you can submit as soon as applications open.

If you do not have a QRIDA profile login, complete the following steps:

  1. Visit the QRIDA portal to create your profile.
  2. If you have not registered with QRIDA before:
    1. click on the 'Register' tab and enter your details
    2. after registering, QRIDA will send an email to validate your account – allow time to receive this email (remember to check your junk email too)
    3. when you have validated your account, you will be ready to log into the QRIDA portal and submit when applications open.

Check your QRIDA profile

If you already have a QRIDA portal login (i.e. to apply for a grant or loan previously), you should:

  1. Login to the QRIDA portal to test your password (Note: You may need to reset your password before the grant opens).
  2. Confirm all your details are correct.

Supporting evidence

Supporting evidence requirements


Applications opened at 12pm (midday), 16 August 2021.Completed applications will be processed in the order received.



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