Boost Your Business Technology Grant

Grow Your Business Online Grant

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About the Program

With Canadian consumers moving online at a rapid pace, the Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) can help get your business online, grow your e-commerce presence, or help digitalize your business’ operations.

The Grow Your Business Online program is designed to help small businesses take advantage of e-commerce opportunities and reach more customers online.

Business Eligibility

The Grow Your Business Online Grant is offered in British Columbia through Small Business BC and is currently open for applications from businesses that meet all the following criteria:

Your Business is Not Eligible if it is:

Submit Your Application Through Digital Main Street

Applications for the Grow Your Business Online Program are now open. To submit your application through the Digital Main Street website, click the link below.

Grant Expense Eligibility

Businesses eligible for the Grow Your Business Online Grant will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 before taxes to help with costs relating to adopting digital technologies.

 

The $2,400 micro-grant is a reimbursement-style grant so funding will be issued after your spending plan is confirmed, grant agreement is received, and eligible receipts/proof of payments are submitted and approved.

 

Eligible costs are those that relate to implementation of an e-commerce solution or the net new cost for improving an existing e-commerce plan, which include:

  •  Keyword Research and Metadata Optimization
  • SEO to enable mobile-friendly design
  • Page Speed Optimization
  • Linking – creating a clearly defined system of internal links  that directs users and search engines through the small business’ content effectively
  • Redesign of an existing site is not eligible
  • Software to track and manage product inventory, as well as fulfill and ship orders
  • Software for product databases
  • Software to track sales, market to customers, offer discounts, maintain a loyalty program
  • Software to simplify marketing
  • Cyber Security software or certifications

Please Note: all eligible costs must be directly tied to the sale of goods and services online (i.e. online reservations/ordering or chat bot function on website), and you will need to clearly outline this in your application.

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to the following:

Getting Ready to Apply

To ensure your business meets the eligibility requirements, please have the following information ready for the application:

  1. Business name
  2. Business owner’s name and contact information
  3. Business structure
  4. Number of years in business

Payment Processing

Your proof of payment should include the following information:

Date

The dates(s) of the proof(s) of payment must not be earlier than your approved Spending Plan date.

 

Description of Products/Services Purchased

The proof of payment should clearly indicate the products/services purchased from the supplier. These listed items should be approved products and services under the Canada Digital Adoption Program (see Grant Expense Eligibility section of this page).

 

Total of the Products and Services

The total spent on approved products and services on the proof of payment may be greater than $2,400. However, reimbursement will only total up to $2,400.

 

Tax Charges

Tax Charges (GST/PST/HST) will NOT be reimbursed. Grant payments will be issued based on the cost of the expense before taxes.

 

Supplier’s Information

The proof of payment should clearly indicate the supplier’s:

  • Business Name
  • Business Address
  • Business GST (if applicable)
  • Business PST (if applicable)
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Applicant’s Information

The proof of payment should clearly indicate the applicant’s:

  1. Business Name
  2. Business Address (business must be based in BC)
 

Payment

Please note that receipts paid by cash are NOT an accepted payment method for this grant as verification of the payment cannot be substantiated. Also, no handwritten receipts will be accepted. The receipt must show a method of payment. Some forms of payment include:

Important!

Applicants are required to personally submit their applications and accompanying documents, as well as attend any necessary meetings. We are not authorized to submit applications on behalf of the applicant. Our role is solely to provide guidance and assistance. Furthermore, applicants are responsible for independently creating their own spending plans and responding to their own email correspondence and uploading any documents required by the program.