Deadline: 30th September 2023 | Digital Transformation Grant for Brick and Mortar Small Businesses
|Title:||Digital Transformation Grant for Brick and Mortar small businesses|
|Organisation:||Digital Main Street|
|Deadline||30th September 2023|
To help small enterprises with the implementation of technologies, the Digital Transformation Grant for Brick and Mortar Small Businesses application portal is now online.
The programme will offer incentives, training, consulting assistance, and grants to small brick-and-mortar firms seeking to transform themselves digitally.
The goals of the programme for grants to support digital transformation on Main Street are to:
- By giving them access to an online evaluation to ascertain their company’s digital needs, you can assist small brick and mortar enterprises.
- Offer tools to help qualified small enterprises with brick-and-mortar locations carry out their DTP ($2,500 grant).
- Transfer of knowledge via an online training course that teaches business owners the fundamentals of how digital technology can transform their organisation for success and gives them the digital literacy skills necessary to create a Digital Transformation Plan (DTP).
- Give owners of small businesses a thorough roadmap to direct their digital transformation.
- Give small businesses the digital literacy abilities they require to carry out their digital transformation, whether through a do-it-yourself strategy or by being savvy customers when paying for these services.
What expenses qualify:
- The use of a consultant, firm, or individual to carry out digital marketing initiatives
- Redesigning and improving an existing website
- Creation of a new website
- Costs associated with taking images and/or making videos
- E-commerce facilitation
- Compliance with accessibility
- Software for productivity (LastPass, Hootsuite, Dropbox, etc.) in graphic design
- Software for social media (Hotsuite, Buffer, etc.) – Security applications
- Other software as specified in the DTP Digital Training Ongoing (online/in-person) digital training courses
- Equipment (up to $1,000)
- POS programmes
- Every piece of hardware must be judged necessary (by OBIAA, at its exclusive discretion).
- A company must have a permanent “brick-and-mortar” location in Ontario.
- employs between 1 to 50 people.
- paying direct or through commercial rent, commercial property tax (commercially assessed).
- Is incorporated or has a registered business in Ontario.
- Is open for business and running when the application is submitted (not a start-up).
- NOT a company that offers digital services to other companies (such programming, SEO, or website design and development).
- NOT a franchise, even ones that are independently owned and run.
- NOT a wholesaler or manufacturer; rather, it is a company that serves customers directly and may be reached by them. It may also sell goods to customers in person.
- IS NOT a charitable or not-for-profit organisation.
- IS NOT a month-to-month lease for the temporary rental of office space.
- NOT at a hot desk or a dedicated desk that is part of a shared office.
- NOT a distributor or firm that only operates online.
- NOT a home-based enterprise.
- Owner: A person of Ontario who runs a company in Ontario.
- A person who is at least 18 years old at the time of application.
- A permanent resident or citizen of Canada.
For more information, visit Digital Main Street to learn more.