Shell’s QGC Business Navigator COVID Response
We are pleased to offer a range of services to businesses in the Western Downs as part of the COVID-19 response and recovery.
We recognise the impacts of COVID-19 and associated restrictions are different for every business. We understand for some businesses the focus will be on recovery, and for others the focus will be on the opportunities that arise.
We are pleased to announce the addition of a dedicated Business Grant Writer commencing in July/August, to assist businesses in the Western Downs with grant applications. The Business Grant Writer will work with you to identify suitable funding opportunities available and assist in the development of your applications.
Ready to Reopen - Applications Closed
We are pleased to offer the opportunity for businesses to apply for funding up to $5,000 to assist in reopening and rebuilding as restrictions continue to ease. For some, this may include costs associated with observing new social distancing and health requirements. We have deliberately left the options open, allowing you to identify how the grant could help you the most.
Applications will be open from 8 June to 22 June 2020. Assessment will then occur and all applicants notified by email on Monday 6 July 2020.
Note: To ensure your project has the best chance of success, you should ensure any goods and services are sourced from other businesses in the Western Downs wherever possible. You do not need to submit your quotes with your application if you do not have them, but you will need to provide them if you are successful before you receive the grant funding.
Reshape your Business
Are you looking to diversify your customers or supply chain to respond to COVID-19 challenges or take advantage of new opportunities in the region? We are pleased to welcome a Business Development Advisor commencing in July/August who will be dedicated to helping you find and access new opportunities. The Business Development Advisor will work with you to identify any gaps, target markets and business development opportunities so that you are ready to take advantage of new opportunities.
Our Reinvigorate program is designed to attract visitors from outside the region who will take advantage of the attractions and experiences of the Western Downs.
A limited ‘buy one night get one night free’ accommodation offer will be marketed to attract tourists. This initiative not only boosts the accommodation sector in the Western Downs, but encourages visitors to enjoy the cafes, pubs, retail and experiences on offer. Further details will be announced later in June.
Reinvigorate Grant Funding - Applications Closed
We are also pleased to offer the opportunity for tourism related businesses to apply for funding up to $5,000 to assist in creating a tour, program or experience which can be booked online. A guided tour, a regular foodie tasting, a country farm experience – the opportunities are endless. As the Western Downs looks to become a tourism attraction with natural beauty, thriving communities and ample things to do, this grant allows local businesses to add to the many offerings for visitors, now and into the future.
The grant will be open from 8 June to 28 June 2020. Assessment will then occur and all applicants notified by email on Monday, 13 July 2020.
For assistance with the recovery programs please email: email@example.com