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Economic Support Grant Program

The City of Winnipeg has launched the Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program in order to assist Winnipeg small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have been forced to prohibit access to their premises  due to COVID-19 public health restrictions effective November 12, 2020. The City will be distributing a total of $3 million to eligible local businesses and organizations with funding provided by the federal Safe Restart Agreement.

Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations can now apply online for a non-repayable grant of $1,500. The grant can be used for rent, utilities, wages, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizing equipment, or other business expenses incurred.

Applying for the program

Apply online
  • The applicant must be the owner, partner, director, or authorized representative of the business or organization.
  • An official from the City will respond within 5 business days via the contact information provided in the application to confirm receipt of the application.

Deadline for application

Program application deadline for the first intake is February 28, 2021.
  • Eligible applications will be prioritized on a first come, first serve basis until the $3 million funding is fully expended.
  • If funds remain, a second intake of applications will be accepted with application deadline of April 30, 2021.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants are subject to the following eligibility requirements:

  • Eligible organizations Include Winnipeg small businesses and not-for-profits that were forced to prohibit access to their premises as a result of the public health orders effective November 12, 2020 or thereafter.
  • Applicants must have fewer than 100 employees.
  • Organizations must have been engaged in business and its physical premises open for public access  immediately prior to the implementation of public health orders on November 12, 2020.
  • Organizations must consent to having their organization disclosed in a public  report as a grant recipient and the specific business expenses covered by the funding.
  • In accordance with the City of Winnipeg Charter Act, if the applicant currently has outstanding business taxes owing to the City, any approved grant will first be applied to the outstanding tax balance.

Determining eligibility

  • Determination of who is eligible for a grant is at the discretion of the City of Winnipeg, based on a determination of the organization satisfying the program parameters and providing sufficient evidence for the City to verify.  If sufficient evidence is not provided a grant will not be issued. 
  • If sufficient evidence has not been provided in the initial application, applicants will be contacted at the email address included in the application form. 10 calendar days will be allowed for the applicant to provide information requested.  If no response has been received within the 10 calendar days, the application will be determined ineligible for a grant under this program.

When will I be notified if I am receiving the grant?

The City will respond within 5 business days via the contact information provided in the application to confirm they have received the application. Subsequently, applications will be assessed in the order received. Applicants may be contacted to obtain additional information grant eligibility.

Business tax roll number and Federal Business Number

All applications will be assessed to determine eligibility for the grant. The City will use multiple sources to determine whether the business is eligible, including the business tax roll number and Federal Business Number.

The application will allow you to indicate if you do not have a business tax roll number or a Federal Business Number. In this case, the City will be in contact with you to request additional documentation which may include a copy of the organization’s Notice of Assessment.

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