Business Grant Opportunities

Government Grants & Opportunities

Government of Alberta
  • Small Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) with Government of Alberta to help businesses recover. Eligible small-medium sized business, co-ops and non-profits that experienced revenue reduction of at least 30% as a result of COVID-19 can apply for funding up to $20,000 to they can open their doors and get Albertans back to work. *NEW, as of Feb 4, new businesses that opened after March 1, 2020 may now be eligible.
    • Side Hustle Program - Part of the Futurepreneur program, side hustlers may be eligible to up to $15,000 in loan financing to support the launch and growth of their side business
  • CIP Project-Based grant with Government of Alberta to provide funding to new community-based programs, initiatives, events and publications.  Re-opening for Sept 15, 2020 intake.  
  • Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps to cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires, up to $15,000 per trainee, up to 100% of training costs for 
Canada Revenue Agency
  • CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy), Canada Revenue Agency, Period 5 is now open, created to assist businesses affected by COVID -19 to keep workers on their payroll or bringing back previously laid-off employees.
Other Government Grants
  • Business Scale-up and Productivity By Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies.  It offers free repayable funding to incorporated businesses that have operated in Western Canada for a minimum of 2 years. Preference to small and medium sized enterprises 
  • Thrive Canada Challange - Partnership to identify, promote, accelerate and invest in innovative early stage Canadian Startups creating new and alternative paths for a more efficient and sustainable global food system. Closes Nov 20, 2020
  • CEBA Loan - Canada Emergency Business Account - helping small businesses and not-for-profits access loans with some forgivable if repaid by Dec 2022.  Increased amount announced in Dec 2020.

Other Business Grants & Opportunities

  • Futurpreneur Canada supports young entrepreneurs (age 18-39) with up to $60,000 in financing, an expert business mentor for up to two years, and resources to help you plan, manage & grow your business
Business Link
  • Business Link Resiliant Recovery Program helps Alberta entrepreneurs get back on their feet and position them to mitigate the effects of future business interruptions with 4 hours of one-on-one coaching 
Canada United
Canada Life Business Boost
Emissions Reduction Alberta
  • Energy Savings for BusinessERA announced up to $55 Million in funding for Alberta Businesses to improve efficiency and reduce emissions
Canadian Agricultural Partnership
  • Agricultural Training Support. Program to offset costs of training and safety protocols for new employees hired within the agricultural and horticultural sector. Up to $2,000 per New hire, or $250,000 per applicant.  


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