Business Technology Improvement Fund
Blue Sky Net, through BTIF, is committed to helping small-to-medium-sized businesses in the Blue Sky Net region within Northeastern Ontario who are looking to enhance their capacity for business technology and their ability for technology adoption.
The BTIF grant helps to alleviate the costs of implementing innovative technology solutions for your business that will help take you to the next level.
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COVID Technology Adoption Fund
Now Accepting Applications Again for projects that can be completed by March 15th.
CTAF will provide eligible businesses, start-ups, municipalities, and Indigenous communities across Northern Ontario with access to capital grant funding to acquire digital technology and e-business and marketing solutions to ensure they can survive and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
CTAF will provide: Capital grant funding for eligible applicants of up to $10,000 with a minimum contribution of 25% from the applicant towards the project and Guidance and assistance for applicants
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NOHFC – Northern Ontario Recovery Program
Due to overwhelming demand, the Northern Ontario Recovery Program has paused application intake as of Friday, November 20, 2020 at 6:00PM EST.
Eligible project costs include but are not limited to:
- Capital construction
- Leasehold improvements
- New or used equipment
- Restructuring of business operations
- Marketing for new business initiatives
- Personal Protective Equipment and customer/employee safety installations
- Other costs deemed necessary to complete the project at the discretion of the NOHFC
- Funding will be in the form of a conditional contribution and will normally not exceed $25,000.
- NOHFC will cover 100% of eligible project costs.
- Applicants must demonstrate that the amount requested from NOHFC is incremental and does not duplicate other supports received.
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Main Street Relief Grant for Personal protective equipment (PPE)
We are helping small businesses with the unexpected costs of PPE. The grant application is now live.
To be eligible, your business must have two to nine employees and be in one of the following sectors:
- accommodation and food services
- repair and maintenance
- personal and laundry services
What you’ll get
Eligible small businesses will get one-time grants of up to $1,000.
What you’ll need to apply
You will need to submit receipts or proof of costs for PPE purchased since March 17, 2020. This includes:
- gloves, gowns, face shields, eye protection, masks, sanitizer, sanitizing wipes
- thermometers, temperature monitors or cameras
- physical changes, including the installation of hand sanitizer stations and plexiglass dividers
- signs to guide or inform customers and employees
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program – Small Business (CEAP-SB)
Any residential, small business, or registered charity customer with an overdue electricity or natural gas bill will now be eligible to apply. A residential customer can receive up to $750 to help cover their electricity bill and an additional $750 for their natural gas bill. Small businesses can receive up to $1500 for each. Newly eligible customers can apply for these enhanced benefits through their local utility, starting in January 2021
You must apply for CEAP-SB through your utility or USMP. Contact your utility or USMP directly as each may have a unique approach for application in-take.
Ontario Business Supports Grant
The grant is to help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown.
The government’s new Ontario Small Business Support Grant will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help eligible small business owners during this challenging period.
Deadline: March 31, 2021.
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NECO: Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC)
Funding is eligible until March 31 2021
Up to $5,000.00 will be granted to the SME applicant to be issued to a third-party delivery agent, training consultant or independent service provider for eligible services.
Funding will be issued on a continuous intake model to ensure funds are disbursed as quickly as possible.
IION: Step Forward Entrepreneurs Program (SFEP)
Effective August 1, 2020 – $5K, $7.5K, $10K to March 31, 2021 – The previous eligibility and cost categories remain the same; sales and marketing, product development and business enhancement. Examples of these costs include, but are not limited to;
- Training, Certifications or Licenses
- Market/Product Research or Market-entry Fees
- IP Assessment / Protection
- Marketing and Promotional Materials
- Business Growth Expertise
- Export Development
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TBC Grand Opportunities Fund
Applications are due: February 1, 2021
Provides successful applicants with a grant of $1000 towards one-time professional services that will aid in businesses recovery or adaptations to the business operations and/or revenue streams.
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