Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant 2021

Terms and conditions

Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant 2021 – Terms and Conditions

  1. General

1.1 These terms and conditions set out all the information regarding the Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant 2021 (the Terms and Conditions).

1.2 The Lord Mayor’s Women in Business Grant 2021 (the Grant) is an initiative of Brisbane City Council (Council) ABN 72 002 765 795, whose principal offices are at 266 George Street Brisbane 4000, acting through its wholly owned subsidiary, Brisbane Economic Development Agency Pty Ltd ACN 094 633 262 (BEDA). 

1.3 Application into the Grants is considered acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

1.4 All references to Brisbane in these Terms and Conditions means the City of Brisbane as defined under section 7 of the City of Brisbane Act 2010.

2. The Grant

2.1 The Grant will provide funding to support female business owners to grow and develop their business in response to the impacts of COVID-19. The grant will provide an opportunity for eligible organisations to apply for funding of up to $5,000 to build their business capability or gain professional services that will boost local economic impact.  A total fund of $250,000 is available for this Grant, with up to $5,000 available per successful application.

3. Eligibility

3.1 To be eligible to apply for the Grant, the applicant:

  1. must have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered in Queensland;  
  2. where the applicant is a business, must have a registered office and place of business located in the Brisbane local government area (LGA) at the time of application.
  3. must not be a department, statutory body, agency or instrumentality of government, including a Government Owned Corporation pursuant to the Government Owned Corporations Act 1993 or a company wholly owned by the State under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth);
  4. where the applicant is a company, must not be a subsidiary company of Council;
  5. where the applicant is a not-for-profit organisation, must be registered as:
    • a company; or
    • an incorporated association; or
    • being constituted by a trust endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a charity and have an Australian Business Number and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission;
  6. must:
    • be a woman in business with a minimum of 50% ownership of the business;
  7. must, at time of application, be 18 years of age (proof of ID must be provided);
  8. must be an Australian resident or citizen
  9. Business needs to be operating/trading for 12 months prior to the date of grant opening and demonstrate more than 1 client
  10. must not be insolvent or have owners/directors that are an undischarged bankrupt;
  11. must have an annual turnover of between $50,000 and $500,000.

3.2 Employees of Council and BEDA are not eligible to apply for the Grant.

3.3Applicants must meet each of the criteria on the grant nomination form (Nomination Form). Nomination Forms are available on the Women in Business Grant website at businessinbrisbane.com.au (the Website).

3.4 Additional eligibility requirements – Applicants must provide original quotes for the purchase/supply/engagement of the professional services, training, education or business equipment from local Brisbane/Queensland businesses they are seeking to procure should they be successful with their grant application.  Supplier invoices can include GST. More than one invoice can be supplied, however the total of all invoices must be equal to or less than $5,000 (exclusive of GST).  All purchases/supply must proceed after the Grant is received, with the funding to be expended and the outcome delivered for acquittal by 30 June 2022.

3.5 What can be funded:

The Grant will support the procurement of professional services, training and education and operationally critical business equipment for the applicant’s business.

In accordance with Council’s Local Buy Policy, contractors and/or suppliers within the Brisbane LGA must be utilised.

Examples of what can be funded are as follows:

  • Procurement of professional services for:
  • The development of business strategy
  • Marketing and brand services
  • Ecommerce services
  • Financial services
  • Compliance with industry regulations relevant to business
  • Training and education:
  • Certification by a Registered Training Organisation/ TAFE
  • Professional development on leadership/business strategy
  • Financial literacy
  • Digital marketing
  • Expert training relevant to your business
  • Cost of running or attending a convention, expo or business learning events.
  • Business equipment:
  • Equipment that demonstrates tangible growth for your business
  • A tool or product that is key in delivering your business outcomes, for example, a sewing machine for a fashion business, a labelling machine for a packaging business or a business that posts products, a camera for photography business

3.6 Brisbane EDA may, in its absolute discretion, make determinations in respect of the eligibility of any applicant including any question of conflict of interest. All such determinations will be final.

The following will NOT be funded:

  • General business operating costs (e.g., bookkeeping/accounting, tax returns)
  • Payments relating to real estate/property including, for example, hire costs, lease, or rent fees
  • Payments for services or fees from related parties (include companies with common shareholdings, directors, employees or immediate family)
  • Travel
  • Franchise fees
  • The purchase of stock
  • The payment of GST, registration for GST
  • The maintenance of existing digital technologies
  • The purchase of computer hardware (e.g., computer servers, PCs, tablets/iPad, mobile phones)
  • Products and/or services purchased via direct selling (e.g., by party plan or network marketing)
  • Fees including delivery fees, credit card fees, transaction fees, membership fees and joining fees
  • General office expenses (e.g., printers, phones, computers)
  • Salaries of staff of the applicant
  • The cost of website hosting.

4. How to Apply

4.1 To apply for the Grant, entrants must:

4.2 Entries for the Grants will open on the Thursday 21 October 2021 and close at 5:00pm AEST on Thursday 9 December 2021.

4.3 Brisbane EDA may in its sole discretion determine whether an entry has been received within the time period noted in condition 4.2 above.

4.4 Applicants may only enter their business once.

5. Assessment of Applications

5.1 Eligible applications will be assessed against demonstrated evidence of how your business will grow revenue, profit, create jobs, and be sustainable because of the grant provided.  The application form will outline key questions to provide this evidence.  Applications will be assessed as follows:

  • An external panel of business knowledge will be selected by BEDA based on abilities and expertise. This expert panel will review and make recommendations for funding.
  • In some instances, successful applicants may not receive the full amount of the funding requested. If the proposal cannot proceed without the full amount of funding requested, this should be indicated in the application.

5.2  All applications will be automatically signed up to the Brisbane Business Hub community and provided with networking, education and training upskill opportunities.

5.3 The external panel may, in its sole discretion, request further information from applicants at any time as part of the assessment process.

5.6 The external panel’s decision is final, and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.

6. Supporting documents

Applicants must provide the following supporting documents when making an application for the Grant:

6.1 a letter from an independent accountant (external to their business) stating that the business is trading solvent. This will be reviewed by BEDA’s accountant to ensure that grant recipients are financially stable. All financial information received as part of this process will be kept strictly confidential; and

6.2 Applicants must provide original quotes for the purchase/supply/engagement of the professional services, training, education or business equipment from local Brisbane/Queensland businesses they are seeking to procure should they be successful with their grant application. Supplier invoices can include GST. More than one invoice can be supplied if the totals of each are less than $5,000, or an invoice can be supplied if the total amount is over $5,000, however funding will only be granted up to $5,000 per applicant (exclusive of GST). All purchases/supply must proceed after the Grant is received, with the funding to be expended and the outcome delivered for acquittal by 30 June 2022.

(refer 3.4).

7. Notification of the outcome of an application

7.1 Applicants will be notified by email by 5:00pm AEST on Tuesday 1 February 2022 of the outcome of their application. A public announcement of the grant recipients will be made by the Lord Mayor.

8. Privacy

8.1 Applicants consent to BEDA and/or Council using their business name and/or personal information for the purposes of media, marketing and promotional material (excluding financial data and personal information of employees other than the applicant, which will remain confidential) in the context of promotion of the grant, should their application be successful.  This includes, but is not limited to, publicly announcing the names of the businesses that were successful in obtaining a grant. 

9. Funding Agreement

9.1  Successful applicants will be required to sign a funding agreement and return it to BEDA/Council.  A funding agreement is an agreement between BEDA/Council and the successful applicant under this grant and which contains terms and conditions relating to the grant of funding including any special conditions that may be applicable.  This step must be completed before any funding will be provided.

10. Amendment to Terms and Conditions

Council and BEDA reserves the right to modify these terms and conditions at any time and to cancel or amend the Grants at any time without notice or further recourse to the applicants.

11. GST 

11.1 If the applicant organisation is GST registered, 10% GST will be added to the funding provided as an itemised GST gross-up.

11.2 If the applicant organisation is not GST registered, 10% GST will be added to the funding provided, but will not be itemised as GST.

11.3 For advice on GST, applicants should contact their tax advisor, or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 24 78 or visit www.ato.gov.au.

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