Businesses Can Apply for Up to $20,000 in Only Ten Minutes

Businesses can apply for a grant up to $20,000 from the provincial government’s Ontario Small Business Support Grant, in only ten minutes.

Bruce County’s Economic Development team is encouraging local businesses to apply for the nonrepayable grant. The application is easy, quick and gives businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic additional capital to use where they need it most.

“The application for Ontario’s Small Business Support Grant takes less than ten minutes to complete and we’re hearing from business owners that it’s one of the easiest grant applications they’ve ever submitted,” says Jill Roote, manager of economic development at Bruce County. “With funding up to $20,000, the investment of ten minutes of time may be well worth the reward.”

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant offers $10,000 to $20,000 in non-repayable funding to businesses meeting the following criteria:

• Required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Province-wide shutdown effective December 26, 2020.
• Less than 100 employees.
• Experienced a minimum of 20% revenue decline comparing April 2020 to April 2019 revenues.

Sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, not-for-profit entities and charitable organizations are all eligible to apply. Successful applicants may choose to use the support in whatever way makes most sense to their business.

The ten-minute application requires minimal information:

1. Basic business information
2. Revenue for April 2019 and April 2020
3. Business banking information

“Bruce County’s Economic Development team is working with all levels of government to ensure Bruce County businesses impacted by COVID-19 take advantage of all available support measures,” says Roote.

Apply and be entered to win a shop local prize pack As an added incentive to apply to the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, Bruce County businesses that submit an application between March 24 and March 31, 2021 get entered into a draw for a shop local prize pack — gift cards and funds to be spent in a Bruce County community of the winner’s choice.

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant is operated and funded by the Province of Ontario and was developed to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and results of the Province-wide shutdown in December 2020. Grant applications close March 31, 2021.