DHBC Launches Two Business Grants in Response to COVID-19 to Assist Downtown Halifax Businesses

June 03/20
DHBC Launches Two Business Grants in Response to COVID-19 to Assist Downtown Halifax Businesses

Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) has launched two grants to assist Downtown Halifax businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the eCommerce Assistance Program and Back to Business Material Assistance Program. The deadline to apply for each grant is June 17, 2020, and businesses can apply online.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses have suddenly found themselves faced with unexpected and unprecedented new challenges,” said Paul MacKinnon, CEO of DHBC. “We understand that funds are tight, and the rapid pace of change can be overwhelming for small business owners to manage. These two grants will hopefully help business reopen safely, manage through the pandemic, and thrive beyond these challenging times.”

About the eCommerce Assistance Program

The new reality of physical distancing has made it clear that having an online eCommerce website is a necessary tool for small businesses to survive. The new eCommerce Assistance Program will help subsidize the cost of an eCommerce website with a maximum grant of $1,500.00 including tax per business. It is available to all businesses in the Downtown Halifax catchment area.

DHBC has partnered with the local web design agency and eCommerce experts, Twist & Bits Creative Agency. With this partnership, Twist & Bits will create a standard eCommerce website package at a discounted rate to help Downtown businesses take their business online at an affordable cost. However, applicants are not required to use Twist & Bits.

The eCommerce Assistance Program grant is retroactive to March 1, 2020. Businesses are still eligible to apply if they have already created an online eCommerce website because of the pandemic. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Visit downtownhalifax.ca/ecommerce for more information and to apply. 

About the Back to Business Material Assistance Program

As the Nova Scotia economy moves towards reopening, Downtown Halifax businesses and organizations have an immediate need to prepare for a new reality involving physical distancing and increased sanitization needs. The Back to Business Material Assistance 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 businesses in the Downtown Halifax catchment area.

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

The Back to Business Material Assistance Program grant is retroactive to March 15, 2020. Businesses that have already purchased material for back to business/physical distancing since that time are still eligible to apply for the grant. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 17, 2020. For more information and to apply, visit downtownhalifax.ca/back-to-business.