Deck the Downtown Grant




Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) is once again offering the Deck the Downtown Grant.


This grant will help businesses subsidize the cost to ‘deck out’ their store for the holidays with a maximum grant of $300.00 (excluding tax) per business.


It is available to businesses that are categorized as retail, food & drink, personal care/retail services, attractions, and accommodations, and are in the DHBC catchment area.  


Holiday decorations and trimmings can include lights, wreaths, garlands, trees, and ornaments.


Businesses that have already purchased new holiday decorations, trimmings and enhancements can apply for the grant if the new items were purchased within the 2023 calendar year and will be used for the 2023 holiday season.


If your business is interested in applying for the Deck the Downtown grant, email Becca MacAulay, Office Administrator, at, with the following information:


  • Name of business
  • Address
  • Contact name and title
  • Email and phone number
  • Type of business (e.g. restaurant/bar/café, retail, personal care/retail services, attraction or accommodation)
  • Outline of what will be purchased with the grant


Applications will be evaluated and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until either funds for the grant are depleted or until 5:00 pm (AST) on Friday, November 24, 2023.


Please read the Terms & Conditions (below) before submitting your grant application.


Terms & Conditions

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    Terms & Conditions:

    The Deck the Downtown Grant program is offering grants up to a maximum of $300.00 excluding tax per business. Businesses are welcome to apply for an amount LESS than $300.00. Grants are a one-time only grant to assist businesses and organizations during the 2023 holiday season.

    The grant is open to DHBC members that are retail shops, food & drink, personal care/retail services, attractions, and accommodation-type businesses, and are located in the Downtown Halifax catchment area.

    Holiday decorations and trimmings could include lights, wreaths, garlands, trees, and ornaments. Exterior decorations are preferred but all types of holiday decorations, trimmings and enhancements will be considered. Other materials and equipment will also be considered if the business can prove they are needed (for example, hardware to hang decorations).

    The Call for Applications is now open, and applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm (AST) on
    Friday, November 24, 2023
    (or until funds are fully allocated).

    Grant applications will be reviewed and approved by DHBC, contingent upon meeting the criteria and sufficient funds in the overall program. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and applicants will receive notification within two (2) business days if their application is successful or not. If the funds for the grant are depleted before Friday, November 24, 2023, DHBC will make an official announcement by email to all members and applicants that the grant application process is closed.

    Once the material is purchased, the business/organization will send proof of purchase/payment (receipts with dates), and an invoice for the material amount (up to $300.00 excluding tax) to DHBC by
    Wednesday, January 31, 2023


    DHBC will provide the funds to the businesses once sufficient proof is met. Refunds will be processed every thirty (30) days and mailed directly to the applicant in the form of a cheque.

    If a business has already purchased new holiday decorations and/or enhancements for the 2023 holiday season, they can still apply as long as the purchase date(s) falls in the 2023 calendar year and they are used for the
    2023 holiday season.

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

    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 related to holiday decorations or used for the 2023 holiday season, 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.

    For more information, contact Becca MacAulay, Office Administrator, at 902-444-0294 or



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