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Digital Main Street launches grant program across Ontario
Province of Ontario partners with OBIAA to provide grants to help Ontario’s “main street” businesses go online.
Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) announced the official launch on October 15th of Digital Main Street’s exciting Grants Program across Ontario.
The Digital Main Street Grants Program will provide funding to qualifying small “main street” businesses to adopt technology to assist them in online promotion, online sales, and online operations.
There are two types of grants that will be available:
Digital Transformation Grant:
There will be 2,000 grants across Ontario of $2,500 each available to qualifying small “main street” businesses to help them adopt new digital technologies. The first step for any business interested in participating is to take an online assessment of their current technology use and practices at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/ After the assessment, they will create a Digital Transformation Plan and can apply for a one-time grant of up to $2,500 to help acquire the necessary technology and adopt it in the workplace.
The grant can be spent on digital marketing (including costs to hire a consultant), website redesign or development, software (graphic design, productivity, social media, and security), digital training, and hardware deemed necessary in the Digital Transformation Plan.
Digital Service Squad Grant:
There will be 300 grants of $10,000 each available to qualifying BIAs to develop and implement local squads of digital vendors and experts to directly help small businesses.
Applicants can access the Grant Program Portal on the Digital Main Street website at www.digitalmainstreet.ca/ontario
Part of the Province of Ontario’s Main Street Enhancement Initiative, Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful. Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help enable them to adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory. Click here to read the full OBIAA press release
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