The latest version of the Digital Main Street Ontario Grant Program is now available. The program assists Chatham-Kent brick and mortar businesses with expanding their digital footprint. This updated program is now available for any registered business in Chatham-Kent that is paying commercial taxes or rent to an entity that is, has between 1 and 50 employees, has not received the grant in the past, and has a permanent brick-and-mortar establishment.
The three components of the Digital Transformation Grant include support for small business to help them assess their digital needs, an online training course that equips business owners with the digital literacy skills needed to develop a Digital Transformation Plan, and the opportunity to receive a $2500 grant to assist with the execution of their plan.
How to Apply
Businesses can apply to the program visiting the Digital Main Street website. There you will create an account and be able to review the participant requirements. Program applications are being accepted now until October 31, 2021, or until grant funds are exhausted. Businesses are encouraged to apply as soon as possible so they are able to qualify for funding.
If you need assistance, or have question, you can contact the Small Business Centre team at 1-866-542-5994 or email CKsbc@chatham-kent.ca.
Free Digital Assessment
In addition to the main Digital Transformation Grant, the Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre is providing local business with a free digital assessment report. This report includes:
- Information on your online presence and how to improve it so customers can better find you
- A review and recommendations for your Google My Business listing
- An analysis of your digital tools, point of sale, and website
- 360-degree photos of your location
For your free digital assessment report, contact the Small Business Centre team at 1-866-542-5994 or email CKsbc@chatham-kent.ca.
The Digital Main Street Ontario Grants Program is focused on assisting brick-and-mortar small businesses with their adoption of technologies. The Digital Transformation Grant is an opportunity available to enable this digital transformation process. Through a partnership with the Province of Ontario, FedDev Ontario, and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, and administered by the Ontario BIA Association (OBIAA), the Digital Transformation Grant program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and grants to small businesses looking to increase their capacity through digital transformation.