Business Development Incentive Program

The City of Fort Saskatchewan Business Development Program offers four 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 2019 will be accepted beginning January 15, 2019. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2019.

List of Available Business Incentives

Incentive

Max Funding

% of Eligible Expenses

Small Business Education

$500

50%

Small Business Marketing

$5,000

50%

Small Business Equipment and Technology

$5,000

50%

Storefront Improvement

$10,000

50%

Funding

Incentive funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis subject to the approval of the Businees Development Incentive Review Committee, until the budget has been spent or the program year has ended. Submitting an application does not guarantee a funding or a specific funding 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 incentive has its own unique requirements, however generally the incentives are available to business owners with a Resident Business Licence and/or owners of commercial property located in Fort Saskatchewan.

FAQs

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

No. While we encourage businesses to shop local by using other local business, we want to ensure that applicants have the ability to seek out the most competitive quotations for their projects.

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

The objective of the Small Business Marketing Incentiveis to assist small businesses with improving the quality and effectiveness of their marketing not the quantity. Funding is intended for creation and development marketing content, not for advertising fees. As an example, the cost associated with the creation of a website or the development of a promotional video would be eligible however the cost associated with website hosting and maintenance or airtime on television would not be eligible.

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

No. While you are permitted to perform work yourself, any labour done yourself or provided in-kind is an ineligible expense.

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

Yes, some software licence fees may be eligible, however the fees would only by eligible for a period of 12 consecutive months.

Are computers eligible for the Small Business Equipment & Technology Incentive?

Computers may be eligible, however it is critical for the applicant to demonstrate how the computers would be specialized for business and how to how the computers will increase efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of the business.

Are signs eligible for the Storefront Improvement Program?

Signs may be included as part of an overall storefront improvement, however applications that are exclusively for storefront signs will not be considered.

Note that signs may also be eligible under the Small Business Marketing Incentive as part of a strategic Marketing Project.

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

No. Only commercial property is eligible for the Storefront Improvement Incentive.

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

Yes, as long as you have the approval of the property owner.

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

You are permitted to submit applications for more than one incentive, however you would only be eligible to receive one incentive.

Can I receive more than one Incentive?

Businesses owners and commercial property owners are only eligible to receive one incentiveevery three years. If you receive a incentive in 2018, you would not be eligible for another grant until 2021.

The only exception is the Small Business Education Inventive.

Recipients of a Small Business Education Incentive would be eligible for another Business Development Program Incentive, however they would not be eligible for another Small Business Education Incentive for three years.