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***2018 Business Development Program grants will be accepted starting January 15, 2018***

The City of Fort Saskatchewan Business Development Program offers five unique grants that were developed, in partnership with local business, to help accelerate the growth and development of small businesses and assist commercial property owners improve their property.

The Business Development Program is currently in its third year. Applications for 2018 will be accepted beginning January 15, 2018. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2018.

 Grant Maximum
Funding
% of Eligible
Expenses

Eligibility
 Small Business Education
 $500.00  50% Learn more
 Small Business Marketing
 $5,000.00   50% Learn more
 Small Business Equipment & Technology
 $5,000.00   50% Learn more
 Storefront Improvement
 $10,000.00   50% Learn more
 Commercial Infill
 $50,000.00   20% Learn more

Funding

Grants range from $500 to $50,000 with a total of $60,000 in funding available for 2018. Grand funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis subject to the approval of the Economic Development staff, until the budget has been spent or the program year has ended. Submitting an application does not guarantee a grant or a specific grant amount. All project proposals are subject to a comprehensive review of application and required information, must reflect the spirit and intent of each grant.

Eligibility

Each grant has its own unique requirements, however generally the grants are available to business owners with a Resident Business Licence and/or owners of commercial property located in Fort Saskatchewan.

Frequently Asked Questions

If the Frequently Asked Questions section below does not answer your questions, please contact ecdev@fortsask.ca or 780-992-6278.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Am I required to use local contractors when applying for any of the Business Development Program Grants?

  • Why aren't advertising fees eligible for the Small Business Marketing Grant?

  • For the Storefront Improvement Grant, I plan on performing some of the work myself. Can I submit my labour as an eligible expense?

  • Are software licence fees eligible under the Small Business Equipment & Technology Grant?

  • Are computers eligible for the Small Business Equipment & Technology Grant?

  • Are signs eligible for the Storefront Improvement Program?

  • I am the owner of home based business. Am I eligible for the Storefront Improvement Grant?

  • How do I know if my commercial property is old enough to be eligible for the Commercial Infill Grant

  • I own a commercial property and my tenant received a Storefront Improvement Grant. Am I second grant if I apply as the landlord?

  • I lease space for my business. Am I eligible for the Storefront Improvement Grant?

  • I have a project that would qualify under two grants. Can apply for both?

  • Can I receive more than one grant?