Receive a $2,500 grant towards marketing your business!
The government of Canada and Digital Main St. have collaborated to offer a $2,500 grant towards taking your brick-and-mortar small business online.
The Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) program provides funding for online assessment, advisory support, and training to businesses that are looking to go digital. Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA) is administrating this grant. Applications are accepted until November 30th, 2021 (or until the funds are exhausted).
What are the objectives of the DTG program? To guide small businesses with going digital and to train the small businesses with literacy skills to execute their digital transformation plan.
What to do with a $2,500 grant?
If you are just getting started, having a website to display your business information and direct your visitors is crucial. If you already own a website, we recommend social media marketing to increase your clients and sales. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 4163603434 to create your Digital Transformation Plan.
What are the requirements?
Must be a business that:
Has a permanent 'brick-and-mortar' establishment in Ontario
Is employing 1-50 employees
Has not received a DTG previously
Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start-up)
Is open to the general public for walk-in and onsite purchases of goods and services - NOT A WHOLESALER OR MANUFACTURER
Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
Is NOT a purely online business
An Ontario resident operating a business in Ontario.
An individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Has completed the Digital Transformation for Main Street program, which includes:
The Digital Main Street Assessment
Has passed the eligibility quiz
The online training
Developing a Digital Transformation Plan
*OBIAA reserves the right to determine who is eligible/ineligible on a case-by-case basis.
How to apply?