Grow Your Business Online Grant – $2,400

Apply for the grant and claim your $2,400 to be put towards a variety of online marketing activities. We’ve helped 18 clients in the last year to apply for the grant and get the money. 

Grant money is still Available as of June 14th, 2024

It’s pretty much free money… why wouldn’t you claim it?!

Short Summary

The Canadian Government’s Grow Your Business Online Grant is still available. It’s one part of the CDAP Program. (Canadian Digital Adoption Program)

The qualifying criteria is very straight forward. You need to be under 500K in revenue, and have an ecommerce or booking component on your current website. The application process takes about 20-25 minutes. And the turnaround time for the grants is very quick right now. 

Once approved you can use the grant money towards SEO or PPC (online ads, like Google Ads)

Eligibility Criteria

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:

  • Is a for-profit business (including for-profit social enterprises and co-operatives)
  • Is a registered or incorporated business
  • Is a consumer-facing business
  • Can be accessed by consumers or provides in-person services to consumers
  • Has at least one employee (other than the business owner) or had at least $30,000 in annual revenue in the most recent tax year (2023)
  • Must commit to maintaining a digital adoption strategy for six months after participating in the program
  • Must consent to participating in follow-up surveys, having this information shared with the Government of Canada (ISED and Statistics Canada) and having the name of their business published as a recipient of funding

Your Business is Not Eligible if it is:

  • A corporate chain, franchise, or registered charity
  • A representative of a multi-level marketing company
  • A brokerage firm, real estate agents, investment advisors, insurance agents, etc.
  • A non-profit organization
  • A business that is engaged in online reselling or drop-shipping reliant on third-party suppliers
  • A wholesale or distribution business or manufacturer (unless you sell directly to consumers)

Other common questions

Do I need to be incorporated? No

I’m a solopreneur, can I get the money? yes

What to use the money towards?

We’ve got 2 awesome packages to use the grant money towards to help launch your online presence. The SEO or PPC Ads package.

  1. SEO – Launch your online presence with the SEO Foundations package
  2. Ads – Get started generating leads with Google Ads.

Option #1 SEO Foundations Package

Use the grant money to boost your online presence with our SEO Foundations packages. Whether you’ve got a WordPress website, Squarespace, or Shopify, we’ve got can work with your platform no problem.

Option #2 Ads Launchpad Package

Use the grant money to start generating leads on Google Ads with our PPC Ads package. We’ll set up campaigns and Conversion tracking, Campaign settings, Ad copy, Keyword targeting, Campaigns structures, and more.

What services can you use the Grant money for?

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:

  • Costs related to the implementation or improvement of a digital e-commerce plan (e.g. online reservation/booking tools, online ordering systems, electronic payments)
  • Costs related to website search optimization (SEO)
    • 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
  • Costs related to the installation of an e-commerce platform (including subscription fees/costs)
  • Costs of back-office solutions to support an e-commerce strategy
  • Costs of social media advertising (Plan cannot be strictly social media advertising, it needs to tie into overall e-commerce implementation plan)
  • Costs related to the creation of customer databases
  • Hiring a consultant/agency to execute Digital Marketing initiatives related to your e-commerce store
  • Development of new e-commerce website
  • Upgrading existing e-commerce site for added functionality (i.e., new plugins, or features)
    • Redesign of an existing site is not eligible
  • E-commerce software including:
    • 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
  • To pay up to 20% of the total cost of hardware and software

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.

How to apply?

You need to apply directly via one of the Program integrators.

We recommend your do it through Small Business BC and their partner Digital Mainstreet.

Links with more information 

Canada Govt Website

smallbusinessbc.ca

Learn more about the Grow Your Business Online grant and the Canada Digital Adoption Program.

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