Ontario: Grow Your Business Online grantWebmaster
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Before you apply make sure you have all the following info ready to go – the link to apply is at the bottom.
The maximum funding available is $2,400 – the following is a guide aimed at making your application process as painless as possible – but is no guarantee you will be approved or will receive full reimbursements.
You first need to apply and get approved, then pay for services, and then get reimbursed. You have up to 6 months from getting accepted to be eligible to be reimbursed. Recommend getting it all done in 1 or 2 months, as the quicker you spend your money the quicker you get reimbursed … and the quicker you can see the benefits of your investments.
To be eligible for the Grow Your Business Online grant, businesses must have either a minimum of one employee (other than the business owner) -OR- had at least $30,000 in annual revenue in the most recent tax year.
Applicants wishing to prove they have at least one employee must submit a paystub from an embedded payroll system – dated within the last 4 weeks.
Applicants wishing to provide proof of annual revenue must provide a signed Revenue Attestation Letter.
In the application you will be asked to upload the following documents. File types allowed are: DOC, DOCX, PDF, XLS, XLSX, PNG, JPG, JPEG. The max file size cannot exceed 10 MB.
(1) Revenue Attestation Letter
Revenue Attestation Letter Applicants wishing to provide proof of annual revenue must provide a signed Revenue Attestation Letter.
(2) Business registration
Proof of business registration (i.e. incorporation or registration documents, business/operating license etc.)
(3) (GST/ HST) Registration or Confirmation:
Recent documentation provided by CRA within the last 12 months (i.e. confirmation of sales tax (GST/HST) registration OR confirmation of recent sales tax (GST/HST) filing
Please briefly outline how you plan to use the Grow Your Business Online grant to grow your business and explain how your intended purchase(s) are related to this plan.
I can help you write something like either of these (new or update)
NEW: We are investing in a new e-commerce so our customers and prospective customers can use it to order our products and services and can pay online and subscribe to our ongoing solutions. Our plan is to install e-commerce into our website and add our products and services so at checkout customers can pay online. We will be spending our money on plugins and professional services to make the most of this investment.
UPDATE: We need to invest in updating and improving our website (WordPress) and e-commerce (WooCommerce) so our customers and prospective customers can use it to order our products and services and can pay online and subscribe to our ongoing solutions. Our current setup has a catalogue and customers need to contact us for help ordering – we will be spending our money on plugins and professional services to make the most of this investment.
Choose the options most relevant to the e-commerce goals you aim to achieve using the Grow Your Business Online grant. Select all that apply.
- Implementing or improving digital e-commerce software or other tools and systems
- Search engine optimization (SEO) for an existing website
- Developing a new e-commerce website
- Upgrading an existing e-commerce site for added functionality (i.e. new plugins or features)
- Implementing or improving back-office solutions in support of an e-commerce strategy
- Current or future advertising on social media (any platform)
- Implementing a customer database or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system or software
- Launching digital marketing initiatives related to your e-commerce store (could include hiring a third party)
- Acquiring hardware (and accompanying software) to support your e-commerce plan
Please detail your planned eligible expenses in the budget summary below.
For examples, please see the list of eligible and ineligible costs.
Please enter the full amount of expenses, exclusive of taxes, you expect will be required to meet the goals of your Grow Your Business Online plan.
Note: Only a maximum of $2400 in eligible expenses will be reimbursed. You may not receive a subsidy for the full amount spent, based on the eligibility of individual expenses. Hardware and related software expenses are limited to 20% of the expense, to a maximum of $480, and must directly support your e-commerce adoption plan.
Ontario Businesses apply here: https://occ.ca/growyourbusinessonline/