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Thank you for your interest in the Economic Recovery Grant Program. This week’s intake is now full. The next intake period will begin Monday, July 13 at 9am.

Last updated: July 3, 2020. 

Please be aware, some application details may be modified as we work to quickly deliver this grant program. Be sure to carefully review the grant information below prior to applying.

Are you an Edmonton business that has struggled through the COVID-19 pandemic and associated re-launch? If so, you might be eligible to apply for the Edmonton Economic Recovery grant to help you recover from COVID-19. The grant is intended to support the short-term needs and longer term recovery efforts for Edmonton’s businesses. 

Businesses can apply for grant funding in one of two phases:

  • Phase 1: Matching microgrants for businesses adapting to COVID-19 (June - December 2020). Most microgrants will be $1,000.
  • Phase 2: Matching grants of up to $25,000 for longer term diversification initiatives (Beginning January 2021).

Steps for application

  1. Read the grant information below
  2. Check to see if your business is eligible
  3. Determine what you need funding for and if it fits the application criteria
  4. Decide if you need funding now (in Phase 1) or later (in Phase 2)
  5. Make sure you are able to cover the 50% matching funding required
  6. Prepare your application answers and all necessary documentation
  7. Apply by filling out the online form

Individual Business Grant

Grant Information

About the Grant
  • The first phase will provide matching microgrants to eligible Edmonton businesses. Most microgrants will be $1,000.
  • Businesses can only receive funding in one of the two phases. Assess timing and the needs of your business in deciding to apply in Phase 1 (2020) or Phase 2 (2021).
  • You must have access to funding to match the amount you are asking for (such as, a $1,000 grant application must have a budget of $2,000 and you must be able to cover half of the total budget).
  • Grant funds can only be used for the purpose outlined in the grant application. Please see the FAQ below for a list of eligible costs.
  • You are required to submit receipts and invoices to the City within 90 days of the cheque being issued.
  • The City may change or clarify the grant criteria at any time to be responsive to the needs of businesses. Updated information will always be found on this webpage.
  • Timely access to funds are important. We will do our best to process the applications within one week of receiving them.
  • Funding to successful applicants will be in the form of a cheque, which will be mailed to the address that you have provided.
  • As we have limited budget, not every application that meets the eligibility criteria will receive a grant. Applications that best meet the intent of the program and the core criteria will be funded. Please see the Evaluation section for more details.
  • Funding decisions made by the City are final and cannot be appealed.

The City reserves the right to audit applications and projects that receive funding. You may need to provide additional information to verify the funding was used for the intended purpose outlined in your application.
 

Eligibility
  • Your business must be located in Edmonton
  • Your business must have seen demonstrated revenue decline or financial hardship as a result of COVID-19
  • You must have a valid business licence unless the City does not require you to have one. If you are unsure if you need a business license, please call 311
  • Only business owners or an appropriate designated authority, can apply
Preparing Your Application
  • Applications can be submitted online every Monday at 9am. Each intake period will be open for 24 hours or until we receive 100 applications.
  • Only one application per business license will be accepted. If duplicate applications are identified, only the first one submitted will be reviewed.
  • Be sure to prepare in advance. Once an application is started, it cannot be changed or edited. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or kept on file.

Prepare the answers for your application 

  • Applicant name, mailing address, and contact information
  • Business name, address, website, and business license number
  • Information about your business: who does your business serve? What industry does it belong to? (multiple choice)
  • Business demographic information (multiple choice)
  • Has your business experienced a decline in revenue in due to COVID-19? (ie. since March 2020)?
  • If you receive a grant, what will you use the funding to accomplish, and why is this outcome important? How does this work align with the core criteria listed below? (maximum 500 words)
  • How much money do you anticipate spending on the project you described in the previous question, in total, including grant funding (if awarded)?
  • If your business directly supports marginalized groups/communities, please tell us which of these groups your business supports, and how you support them. (maximum 100 words)

Additional documents needed

  • Business License number (if applicable)
  • A signed declaration in digital form (please download, sign, and upload the scan or photograph of the declaration). Declarations for Corporations and Sole Proprietors are found at the bottom of this page.
Evaluation

All applications in an intake period will be evaluated by City staff for completeness, alignment with the program objective and core criteria, and to ensure that the application meets eligibility requirements. Applications should meet at least one grant core criteria. 

Core Criteria of the Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant


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Will the funds help people return to work or create new positions? For example, funding will provide safety measures or training to allow staff to return to work.

Financial Sustainability

Will the funds be used to help keep the business open? For instance, funding will allow a business to keep operating or re-open sooner than anticipated.

COVID-19 Impact

Will the funds counter the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses during the relaunch and recover stages? For instance, funding will support business costs related to social distancing and keeping customers and employees safe.

Partner Leverage

Will the funds support a project that could unlock funding from other partner organizations to amplify impact? For instance, funding will be supplemented or supported by other businesses or organizations.                                                       

Economic Diversification

Will the funds contribute to diversification of the business? For instance, funding will support adding new products or services, or changing what the business does.

Business Transformation

Will the funds used help the business succeed by responding to a changing market? For instance, funding will add online sales, delivery to homes, or marketing/delivering existing products or services in a new way.

Tangible Placemaking Benefits

Will the funds be used to support or contribute to mainstreet vibrancy? For instance, funding will attract people to the street by installing a walk-up counter or a new patio. 

Environment Alignment

Will the funds be used to create a ‘green’ impact, and would they support increased resilience and a low carbon future? For instance, funding will support purchasing biodegradable packaging or installing “green” or “clean” technologies.

Community Impact

Will the funds benefit members of marginalized groups or those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, such as women, newcomers, people of colour, or people with disabilities?

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I send my signed Declaration?

Within 24 hours of submitting your application, please email your signed Declaration to businessinfo@edmonton.ca.

What costs are eligible?

Eligible costs include: goods or services purchased for the use identified in your application. The grant cannot be used for rent/lease/mortgage, payroll, membership fees, permit fees, debt reduction, retroactive costs, insurance, and other similar expenses.
 

What does “phase 1” and “phase 2” mean?

There are two grant phases. Phase 1 (2020) grants are for small, urgent needs. Phase 2 (2021) grants are for longer-term diversification initiatives.

Are larger grants available?

Larger grants may be available in Phase 2 (2021). Applicants can only receive one grant and should assess their short and longer term plans when applying.

How much funding is awarded per week?

Grants will be awarded based on a weekly budget of $65,000. The number of grants issued per week may vary depending on the number of eligible applications we receive. Most grants are $1000.

If I’m unsuccessful, do I need to reapply every intake period?

Yes. This will provide flexibility to change an application if business needs change from week to week. 

If I don’t receive a grant, can I appeal the decision?

No. The City’s decision is final, however you can reapply in the next intake period.

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?

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.

What if I own two businesses? Can I get a microgrant for each business?

Yes. You can fill out a separate application for each business. 

What if I own one business and have multiple locations?

Grants are limited to one per business

What if I don't have a business license?

Applicants who do not require a City business license can still apply. If the City requires you to have a business licence, you must have one to apply.

Visit edmonton.ca/businesslicences to renew or apply for a business license. 

I don't know if I have a business license or what the number is?

Business Licence Number 

View this sample business licence to identify where your business licence number is located.
 

 

 

 

Please contact 311 for specific business license information.

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.

How long will it take to receive funding?

We will do our best to process the applications within one week of receiving them. Cheques will be mailed after applications have been reviewed.

How will I receive the funding?

A cheque will be mailed to the address provided in the application, and made payable to the legal name of your business.

What are some examples of projects that I can request funding for?
  • Updating a website to allow for online sales
  • Installing a walk-up customer window
  • Purchasing masks, gloves and other safety equipment
  • Investing in production or manufacturing equipment that will allow you to access a new market
Why did the application form close before I was done filling out my application?

Once we reach the maximum number of applications each week, the application form will close.

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.
  • 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, payroll or wages, debt reduction, utilities, insurance, or other similar fees.
  • You need a business license. Please call 311 for specific business license assistance.

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online businessinfo@edmonton.ca
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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