Parents operating a business from their own home in Mulgrave can now apply for a new state government grant of up to $5,000.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Palaszczuk Government’s Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Home-Based Business Program was all about giving local families more flexibility and more earning options.

“If you’re a stay-at-home parent thinking of starting a new home-based business, or are currently running one, this program can help you get the necessary advice and support to succeed,” Mr Pitt said.

“By helping local entrepreneurs cover the costs of getting advice on how to establish and grow their home-based business, I’m hoping innovation in our area will thrive.

“With more than 3,208 small businesses in Mulgrave we know how important they are for our local economy and employment.

“The program will provide home-based business owners with the support they need to make their business a success, while keeping a healthy balance between work and family life.”

Mr Pitt said $1 million had been committed over three years to provide up to $5,000 to successful applicants.

To be eligible for the grant, home-based business owners must:
• Be an Australian resident,
• Be based in Queensland,
• Have an Australian Business Number; and
• Have a least one child under the age of 12 residing in care for 50% of the time or more.

Grants of up to $2,500 may be provided to stay-at-home parents to assist them to engage a consultant for professional advice, to help establish or develop a home-based business.

Successful recipients may then be eligible for matching grant funding (dollar-for-dollar) of up to a further $2,500 to make improvements or establish the business.

Applications open Monday 24 August 2015.

For more information or to apply visit:
https://www.business.qld.gov.au/business/support-tools-grants/grants/home-business-grants.