Thank you for your interest in the Economic Recovery Grant Program. The City is no longer accepting applications.

Last updated: December 7, 2021. 

Thank you for your interest in the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant Program. Please note that the funding for the Individual Business Grants has now been exhausted. As such, we are no longer able to accept applications to the Program.

Please consider checking out one of the following programs that are currently still open to grant applicants:

  • Government of Alberta: Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) Implementation Grant:
    The provincial government will soon offer a one-time payment of $2,000 to Alberta small- and medium-sized businesses that are eligible for and choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program, requiring proof of vaccination, a negative test result or medical exemption. Please refer to the website for more information.

  • City of Edmonton: Economic Action Plan Grant:
    This program provides matching reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 for projects that support the outcomes of the Edmonton Economic Action Plan. Projects funded by this program should target longer-term diversification, investment attraction, and job creation outcomes.

 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact businessinfo@edmonton.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

What costs are eligible?

Eligible costs include: any goods or services your business will purchase to help your business adapt or recover from COVID-19. This can also include costs associated with improved security, such as shatter-proof transparent window films, additional lighting, anti-graffiti paint and exterior security cameras.

The grant cannot be used for rent/lease/mortgage, membership fees, permit fees, debt reduction, retroactive costs, insurance, and other similar expenses. Additionally payroll and wages are also considered ineligible costs, unless for the business’ participation in the Provincial Restrictions Exemption Program. It also cannot be used for any security upgrades that detract from human-oriented design or urban design principles including: anti-loitering spikes, anti-loitering sonic devices, bars or rolling shutters on windows/doors, or opaque window wraps.

What are the common reasons an application is unsuccessful?

We have a limited budget and are unfortunately unable to support every eligible business that applies. To improve your chances, here are some of the most common reasons why an application is unsuccessful:

  • There is no signed declaration. Declarations must be submitted within 24 hours of submitting your application.
  • The application form is not completed. All fields are necessary for grant administration unless marked as ‘optional’.
  • Grant funding will be used for ineligible costs including:
    • rent/lease/mortgage payments
    • using grant funds directly for payroll or wages, unless for the Local Business’ participation in the Restrictions Exemption Program Component 
    • debt reduction
    • utilities
    • insurance
    • expenses that are borne through regular business operations and are not a result of or response to the COVID-19 pandemic (such as maintenance)
    • any retroactive expenses
    • any security upgrades that detract from human-oriented design or urban design principles including:
      • anti-loitering spikes
      • anti-loitering sonic devices
      • bars or rolling shutters on windows/doors, or 
      • opaque window wraps
  • The description of the grant funding does not clearly link the planned project or expense to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The description of the grant funding does not provide enough detail of how the funding will be spent. Please be as specific as possible.
  • You need a City of Edmonton business licence. Please call 311 for specific business licence assistance.
If I don’t receive a grant, can I appeal the decision?

No. The City’s decision is final, however you can reapply.

Can I receive feedback on my unsuccessful application?

Unfortunately due to volume, we are not able to provide feedback on your application. 

Do costs incurred before receiving a grant count as eligible costs?

No. Only costs incurred after receiving the grant count as an eligible matching cost.

Is the micro grant taxable income?

Please consult with a tax advisor or accountant.

If my business receives an Individual Business microgrant, can I apply for an Economic Action Plan Grant?

Yes, all businesses who receive an Individual Business microgrant can apply for funding from the Economic Action Plan Grant for a new project.

Why do I need to match the funds?

In order to ensure we target funds to viable businesses, we are requiring businesses to match the City’s contribution. Successful applicants will be required to submit receipts and/or invoices within 90 days to show how the funding was spent.