Digital Main Street – Digital Transformation Grants
$2,500 Digital Transformation Grants for Main Street Small Businesses
The Digital Main Street Digital Transformation Grants Program, funded by the Province of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), seeks to help main street small businesses across Ontario improve their adoption of technologies to better promote themselves online, sell online, and even run back-office processes online.
Every business that wants to apply for grant funding must first take an online assessment of their current technology use and complete the online training in order to develop a Digital Transformation Plan (DTP) that will detail their goals and review the technologies needed to achieve those goals. To help implement the plan, eligible businesses can apply for a one-time grant of $2,500 to assist with the costs of adopting the suggested technologies.
How do I apply?
Applications for Digital Transformation Grants began on October 15, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until March 31, 2020.
The process for businesses applying for a Digital Transformation Grant has two main stages:
NOTE: businesses MUST have completed their assessment, their online training, and their Digital Transformation Plan BEFORE applying for a grant. Visit digitalmainstreet.ca/Ontario for more information on timing and instructions for applying for Digital Transformation Grants.
Stage 1 — Application:
- Complete a grant application at digitalmainstreet.ca/Ontario that includes detailed information on the DTP, along with a detailed budget.
- Submit a copy of their articles of incorporation or business registration.
Stage 2 — Review and Granting:
- OBIAA will review the application and once approved, the business will receive the grant agreement to be executed by both the business owner and OBIAA.
- Upon receipt of the signed grant agreement, OBIAA will release the $2,500 grant to the business to begin implementing the Digital Transformation Plan.