Grants That Support Your Business

Bruce County recognizes the strain local businesses have faced in the wake of COVID-19. On May 12, 2020, Bruce County Council endorsed a $1.75M investment in loans and grants to help stabilize the local economy and support business. This is in addition to the grants Bruce County already offers to support business development.

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Grants for Business owners

COVID-19 Tourism Response Fund

Up to $10,000 in grants for tourism-related businesses through the COVID-19 Tourism Response Fund. Apply by October 23, 2020. Eligible expenses/projects from June 1 to Dec. 31, 2020 can include:

  • Modified health and safety protocols
  • Expanded social distancing practices
  • Upgraded PPE, sanitizing equipment, or cleaning supplies
  • Enhanced digital tools and operating transformations

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) recognizes the significant decline in tourism activity for many tourism-dependent communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and wishes to help offset the high costs incurred by tourism-oriented businesses and organizations. The COVID-19 Tourism Response Fund — generously provided by FedDev — provides $250,000 to Bruce County tourism-related businesses up to $10,000* grant. *Applicants need to have a matching contribution of 20%.

Le fonds d’intervention touristique COVID-19

 

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Tourism Innovation Lab “Spark" Mentorship & Grants 

The "Spark" Program will match selected candidates with a tourism innovation mentor and provide a source of financial support to help take their great new tourism idea to the next level of development or implementation.

Digital Main Street Grants

Bruce County businesses and artists can now access the ShopHERE Powered by Google program. ShopHERE provides independent small businesses and artists with a quick, easy, and no-cost* way to get selling online right away. *The ShopHERE program is free for participants to sign up and have a Shopify store built. Businesses will be responsible for the monthly Shopify fee after the initial 90-day trial.
 

Special Edition Bruce County "Spark: Program

Small tourism businesses in Bruce County are encouraged to submit an application with ideas on how they could "re-imagine" or "re-tool" their tourism operations, offerings and/or products to respond, pivot and adapt to the short- and medium-term tourism landscape and opportunities (e.g. upgrading facilities, buying equipment, creating new digital platforms, etc.).

Safety Supplies Grants

Funding for the Business Safety Supplies Grant has been allocated. Applications are now closed.

Spruce the Bruce Grants

To support local businesses in making COVID-19 related modifications, the 2020 Spruce the Bruce grants have been amended for 2020. Matching funding requirements have been removed the total available funding for the program has been increased to $250,000.

facade improvement

Improve your building façade or install a patio

Improve your building façades and patios that will create an attractive, safe, vibrant downtown and adapt to COVID-19 precautions.

perpendicular sign or awning

Install a perpendicular sign or awning

Make your business stands out to passing pedestrians and vehicles while showcasing your brand and product offerings.

Collaborate Marketing

Collaborate with other local businesses

Work will other downtown business owners to create and promote experiences and itineraries in your community.

 

The Business Pivot / Adaptation Grant

Bruce County businesses can access a grant of up to $5,000 to expand, enhance, or adapt their existing business through the Starter Company Plus initiative.

Starter Company Plus Grant

Access resources and guidance to launch you into entrepreneurial success. Bruce County offers hands-on training, mentorship, and a $5,000 grant to help get you started through the Starter Company Plus program. Training and mentorship components and tie commitments are tailored to your needs.

Summer Company Program and Grant

In partnership with the Province of Ontario, Business to Bruce is pleased to help students enter the world of entrepreneurship! Available for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall, the Summer Company grant offers free training and mentorship, with an opportunity to earn a grant for their summer business. Applications close in mid spring each year.
 

Grants for Stakeholder Groups and Municipalities
 

Community Development

These grants support may be directed towards signage that improves visitor experiences in and around the downtown, including gateway signs, interpretive / historical plaques, kiosks, and route markers (i.e. for cycling or hiking).

Read more about the Community Signage grant

These grants can be used towards street improvements such as, but not limited to, banners, benches, garbage/recycling cans, bike racks, flower containers, green space/park enhancements, seasonal decorations and/or public art, provided that the items are installed within the designated downtown area and inline with the adopted community brand.

Read more about the Streetscape Beautification grant

These grants support capital improvements to core visitor attractions that improve visitor experience. Although downtown locations are preferred, this grant may include locations outside of the downtown. Design services are available in advance of grant applications to help applicants turn their ideas into great proposals.

Read more about the Destination Infrastructure grant

Marketing & Promotions

The Collaborative Marketing Grant encourages downtown businesses to partner together in promotional activities, for example to provide a package offering. This grant also supports non-gated public attractions (i.e. Bruce Trail, Saugeen River) and supports improvements to marketing materials for advertising, mapping and promotion of these attractions.

Read more about the Collaborative Marketing grant


Not-for-Profit Community Grants

Not-for-profit grants are available for not-for-profit corporations, non-profit organizations or groups, a registered charity, volunteer groups, and/or an affiliate of Bruce County or lower tier such as a community club are eligible to be considered for grant assistance. For more information click here. Please note that there are two application forms. The “Short Form” is for requests up to $5,000. The “Long Form” is for requests over $5,000.

Bruce County recognizes the role philanthropy plays in strengthening our community and that the benefits of such acts ultimately improves the quality of life for all residents. To support this recognition, the County has a Community Grant program that provides a mechanism for groups or organizations to make financial requests to County Council. For eligibility and details, please review the policy below.

Submit your application!

Bruce County recognizes the role philanthropy plays in strengthening our community and that the benefits of such acts ultimately improves the quality of life for all residents. To support this recognition, the County has a Community Grant program that provides a mechanism for groups or organizations to make financial requests to County Council. For eligibility and details, please review the policy below.

Submit your application!

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, our supportive team members can help!

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