Grants That Support Your Business

Bruce County is invested in our residents, businesses, and communities. And we have the grants to prove it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur looking for education and mentorship, an established business owner who wants to spruce up their storefront, or a community ready to join the business development movement Bruce County is encouraging, our supportive team members and grants are available for you to explore.

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Bruce County Economic Development Grants

1. Business to Bruce Grants (to support business development) 
2. Spruce the Bruce Grants (to support community development)
3. Explore the Bruce Grant (to support marketing and promotions)

Explore each community for information on Toolkits, Marketing Plans and Community Improvement Plans

Communities of Bruce

Business to Bruce Grants

Business to Bruce

Business Development grants include:

To help communities develop the tools and resources for business attraction and expansion, developing targeted recruitment and enhancement strategy, marketing material for the community. In order to be eligible for this grant, communities have to make a financial commitment of $15,000 and have at least one Business Ambassador to participate in the Business to Bruce program.

Contact our Business to Bruce team to apply

In partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are here to help entrepreneurs launch their new business or expand an existing business. Business skills training along with mentorship are offered free of cost to Starter Company Plus program participants. Three intakes will occur: April 2017, September 2017, and January 2018.

Submit your application!

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.

Submit your application!

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.

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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!

Explore the Bruce Grants

Explore the Bruce

Marketing & Promotions grants include:

The Collaborative Communities 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.

Find out more about Collaborative Communities Marketing grants

This grant is given to associations, organizations and/or regional groups promoting the ‘Best of’ activities, experiences and destinations in communities throughout Bruce County by developing printed collateral pieces.

Find out more about Regional Marketing grants

Spruce the Bruce Grants

Spruce the Bruce

Community Development grants include:

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).

Find out more about Community Signage grants

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.

Find out more about Streetscape Beautification grants

These grants may be used towards the restoration or upgrading of an existing storefront or the design and installation of a new façade. Alternatively, these grants may be used for the addition of a sidewalk patio.

Find out more about Façade Improvement & Sidewalk Patios grants

Clear and effective storefront signs have a large role to play in communicating the services and features offered in your community. These grants may be used towards the restoration of an old sign or awning or the design and purchase of a new sign or awning.

Find out more about Storefront Signage and Awning grants

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.

Find out more about Destination Infrastructure grants

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Business Development Grants
Department: 
Planning & Development
Toll Free:  1-800-268-3838
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Community Development Grants
Department: 
Planning & Development
Toll Free:  1-800-268-3838
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Marketing and Promotions Grants
Department: 
Planning & Development
Toll Free:  1-800-268-3838

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