The Economic Action Plan Grant supports expansion and growth projects of local businesses and Business Associations that contribute to the implementation of the Economic Action Plan. This will lead to a more resilient, diverse and equitable local economy.
This program is now accepting applications! The Economic Action Plan Grant is a matching reimbursement grant of up to $25,000 for eligible projects or programs. The minimum grant amount that can be requested is $10,000. Businesses and business associations that obtained funding in Phase 1 can apply for funding in Phase 2.
How to Apply
Review the program details and grant eligibility below. Download the application form, and email the completed form and required attachments to email@example.com. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
This grant program was approved at the May 3, 2021, City Council meeting (item 6.5).
To be eligible to receive an Economic Action Plan Grant, the applicant must be a local business, a business association or a non-profit organization in good standing, and must have a primarily commercial mandate. They must also have a valid City business licence, or have plans to obtain one by the time of project completion, unless:
The business does not require one by the City of Edmonton, and if applicable, is in good standing with a professional organization
The non-profit is registered and in good standing with the Province of Alberta
The following organizations are ineligible for grant funding:
Third-party (for example, Amazon) sellers or other online retailers without a location in Edmonton
Religious or other organizations that do not have an economic mandate, and
Non-resident business licence holders
To be considered for an Economic Action Plan Grant, all projects or programs must:
Not duplicate existing resources or services made available by the City
Be in alignment with at least one out of the 12 listed actions from the City’s Economic Action Plan, including:
Action 3: Support building capacity and access for entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, such as newcomers and Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Action 5: Support projects aimed to strengthen or eliminate gaps within existing local supply chain networks.
Action 6: Leverage Edmonton’s digital infrastructure, including Open Data, fibre optic network and the innovation corridor, to link research, educational and technology organizations.
Action 10: Develop tools and strategies to attract commercial, residential and mixed-use development in nodes and corridors.
Action 11: Support enhanced experiences by encouraging opportunities for low impact businesses to operate in parks and public space.
Action 12: Develop tools to facilitate growth in green economic sectors.
Action 13: Work together to support emerging made-in-Edmonton technology solutions.
Action 14: Support emerging off-shoots of the energy sector.
Action 15: Advance a coordinated approach to growing the local food economy.
Action 16: Develop Edmonton’s competitive advantage as an international logistics hub and hub to Northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories and beyond.
Action 17: Promote affordable, accessible, high-quality, and inclusive early learning and child care.
Please note this action is reserved for Provincially licensed/accredited child care providers.
Action 20: Promote and support academic programs that advance the local economy.
This grant is NOT meant to:
Provide funding for wages or payroll.
Support organizations with operational funding for rent, mortgages, bills, debt servicing, or fees for memberships or professional associations.