Back to Business Material Assistance Program

As the Nova Scotia economy moves towards reopening, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has recognized that businesses and organizations in the Downtown Halifax area have an immediate need to prepare for a new reality involving physical distancing and sanitization needs that did not exist before.

To address this immediate need, DHBC has created the Back to Business Material Assistance Program. This program offers financial assistance to businesses and organizations that suddenly find themselves with unbudgeted items they must purchase to safely get back to business and/or adjust to physical distancing requirements.

This grant program will help subsidize the cost of purchasing back to business/physical distancing materials with a maximum grant of $1,000.00 including tax per business. It is available to all DHBC members with a business in the Downtown Halifax catchment area.

Materials include (but are not limited to): physical distancing signage; physical distancing material like plexiglass dividers; sanitization products including hand sanitizer and surface cleansers; personal protective equipment including masks and gloves.

To be eligible for a Back to Business Material Assistance Program grant, applicants must complete and submit the form below and agree to the Terms & Conditions by Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The Back to Business Material Assistance Program grant is retroactive to March 15, 2020. If you have already purchased material for back to business and/or for physical distancing since that time, you are eligible to apply for the grant.  

For more information, please read the Terms & Conditions, or email luke@downtownhalifax.ca.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 

*Downtown Halifax Business Commission has created physical distancing signage for members to use. Members are welcome to download, print and install the signage as needed. 

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Terms & Conditions

The Back to Business Material Assistance Program is offering grants up to a maximum of $1,000.00 including tax per business. Businesses are welcome to apply for an amount less than $1,000.00. Grants are a one-time only grant to assist businesses and organizations in the back to business/adjusting to physical distancing phase only.

Back to Business and/or physical distancing material includes, but is not limited to: physical distancing signage; physical distancing material like plexiglass dividers; sanitization products including hand sanitizer and surface cleansers; personal protective equipment including masks and gloves. Other materials and equipment will be considered if the business can prove the need for it to adjust to physical distancing and/or to safely get back to business.

Downtown Halifax Business Commission is not responsible for ordering and/or installing the material.

To be eligible, businesses and organizations must be a member of Downtown Halifax Business Commission and located in the Downtown Halifax catchment area.

Grant applications will be reviewed and approved by DHBC, contingent upon meeting the criteria and sufficient funds in the overall program. The deadline to apply for the grant is Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at 5:00 pm (ADT). If the number of businesses applying and qualifying for the grant exceeds the funds allocated for this program, DHBC will conduct a random draw of all applicants to determine the final recipients of the grant. Applicants will be notified by email by Tuesday, June 23, 2020, if they are successful or not. Successful applicants will receive more information about next steps at that time.

Once the material is purchased, the business/organization will send proof of purchase (receipts with dates), and an invoice for the material amount (up to $1,000.00 including tax) to DHBC by the deadline indicated below once the material is purchased. DHBC will provide the funds to the businesses once sufficient proof is met. Note that only items directly related to getting back to business/physical distancing will be considered.

The grant is retroactive to March 15th, 2020, so businesses that are already re-opened or adapted to physical distancing qualify for the grant. They will also need to provide proof of purchase (receipts with dates), proof materials purchased were used for getting back to business/physical distancing, and an invoice for up to $1,000.00 including tax to DHBC by the deadline indicated below.

Businesses and organizations with more than one establishment or location are eligible to apply for a grant per location.

If approved as a recipient of a Back to Business Material Assistance Program grant, the deadline for final submission of receipt(s) and invoice will be Friday, August 28, 2020. Refunds will be processed every thirty (30) days and mailed directly to the applicant in the form of a cheque.

If it is determined by DHBC that a grant recipient did not use the full amount they were awarded, or the materials purchased were not for re-opening or required to meet physical distancing needs, DHBC reserves the right to either deny payment to the grant recipient, or pay an adjusted amount based on valid receipts received. 

Grants are provided at the discretion of Downtown Halifax Business Commission.