Workforce Connect Fund

HR support grants for small business

Workforce Connect Fund Overview

workforce connectThis initiative aims to boost investment in industry and community-led projects addressing workforce challenges, including attraction, retention, and participation. It strives for systemic change to enhance outcomes for all stakeholders. 

Benefits for Employers

  • The Fund supports large-scale projects benefiting employers by providing resources like HR support, IT systems, and mentoring services.
  • Employers will access a broader talent pool, fostering diversity and skills development.
  • Projects standardise entry-level requirements, streamlining the hiring process
  • A network of industry workforce advisors helps employers address workforce gaps and connect with potential labour sources, including other DYJESBT programs.

Apply for Funding

  • Large-scale projects can secure funding up to $1 million, with each project to be delivered over a maximum 12-month term.
  • Small businesses with an immediate need to new and innovative HR solutions can apply for HR Support Grants up to $5,000 (subject to availability).


To be eligible, your business should meet certain criteria, including having fewer than 20 employees, an annual turnover of less than $10 million, and engagement with an Industry Workforce Advisor.

Application Process

Small businesses that have worked with Industry Workforce Advisors to develop a Workforce Plan identifying essential HR support needs can request an application form by emailing wcf@desbt.qld.gov.au

For more information on the Workforce Connect Fund and how it can benefit your organisation, please download the fact sheet below.