Grants and Incentives

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.

List of Business grants and funding

Grant

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%

Commercial Infill

$50,000

variable

Funding

Grant 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.

FAQs

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

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 Grant?

The objective of the Small Business Marketing grant is 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 Grant, 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 Grant?

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 Grant?

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 Grant as part of a strategic Marketing Project.

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

No. Only commercial property is 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?

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

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

No. A property is only eligible for one grant every three years. The property owner will have the responsibility of deciding whether they will they will apply for the grant themselves or whether they will give their tenant(s) the authority to apply.

If the property is a multi-tenant commercial building with multiple storefronts, other units may be eligible for a Storefront Improvement Grant, however any units that have benefited from the grant would not be eligible again for three years.

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

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

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

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

Can I receive more than one grant?

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

The only exception is the Small Business Education Grant.

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