Existing small businesses in Northumberland County may receive up to $2,500 to assist with digital upgrades to enhance online capacity, such as website upgrades, e-commerce, social media management, business photography/videography for digital use.  Based on your business location in Northumberland County, please see chart below for the program you may qualify for.

Due to the overwhelming submissions, please NOTE: Program is based on first come first served basis, based on available funds.  Applications are reviewed for eligibility.  Upon application submission you will receive an automated email confirming your application has been sent/received.  Following, you will receive another personal email whether your application has been either approved or on a wait-list.


Digital Transformation Grant application deadline has been extended to December 15, 2020 or until the grant funds have been fully expended, whichever comes first.

Businesses located in the area of:

Campbellford DBIA district:
Jenn Hudson, Digital Mainstreet Squad. Email

Municipality of Port Hope (Peter Street only) AND Port Hope HBIA district:
Elizabeth Edwards, Business Outreach Coordinator, Municipality of Port Hope. Email

Town of Cobourg (DBIA district only):
Melissa Graham, Small Business Facilitator, Town of Cobourg. Email

Municipality of Brighton (Downtown Core only):
Ben Hagerman, Manager of Economic Development & Communications, Municipality of Brighton. Email


Business Eligibility:

Small Existing Business (Open/operating at the time of application).
1–10 employees (or fewer than 25 if café, restaurant or bar).
NOT a not-for-profit / charitable organization.
For full eligibility and terms, please contact the appropriate contact listed above where your business is located.


Financial Support:

Yes (Grant)


Amount:

$2,500


Digital Squad:

Yes.
Digital financial support and training.


TO APPLY:

Email appropriate contact listed where your business is located to get started.

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Second intake: Open December 2, 2020.

Businesses located in the area of:

All other Northumberland businesses and tourism businesses located OUTSIDE of the Digital Mainstreet boundary jurisdictions (see chart to the left). *If you are unsure, please contact us for information.


Business Eligibility:

Small Existing Business (Operating business for 18 months+).
Businesses who have had digital work completed from June 1, 2020 until the present, may be considered for subsidy. (Must show completed and paid invoice).

Has not received grants/subsidy from BECN in the last 2 years.

For Tourism sectors in the category of:
Accommodation, performing arts, art/artist or artisan, festivals, heritage, area attractions, agri-tourism, restaurant/dining, specialty shopping/retail, outdoor adventure experiences, spa/retreats.

For full eligibility and terms, please see the application form.


Financial Support:

Yes (Subsidy). NOTE: Subsidy may NOT be used for; digital equipment, social media advertisements/boost posts, consultation/ coaching session fees, web hosting / subscription fees or staff wages etc.  Subsidy can be for; website upgrade, e-commerce, social media management, business photography / videography for digital platform use etc.


Amount:

$2,500 (up to). NOTE: Approved applicant remits payment to digital provider first, subsidy is then provided upon proof of payment.


TO APPLY:

Click HERE for application and full eligibility requirements. Applications close January 15 (or until funds have been exhausted).


Additional resources (grants/loans) may be available through Northumberland CFDC. 

For more information please contact: www.financingandstrategy.com

For additional information on Digital Mainstreet Programs: www.digitalmainstreet.ca  


Program Partners:

Northumberland County, Northumberland Tourism, Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland, Municipality of Port Hope, Port Hope HBIA, Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce, Town of Cobourg, Cobourg DBIA, Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce, Municipality of Trent Hills, Trent Hills & District Chamber of Commerce, Campbellford BIA, Warkworth Business Association, Municipality of Brighton, Brighton Cramahe Chamber of Commerce, Colborne Business Association, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation.