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Grants available for E-Commerce initiatives in B.C.

The B.C. government has invested an additional $30 million to help BC-businesses move their business online. There is now $42 million of grant funding in place to help small- and medium-size businesses across B.C. move their business model online.

Grant eligibility criteria have been expanded. Businesses that want to enhance or build an online booking system are now eligible to apply. The original eligibility criteria for businesses that want to enhance or build an online shop remains in place.

We at CraftWest suggest you review the qualifications and required procedures to determine if you qualify and like to proceed. If you do, please contact us.

The Launch Online Grant program provides funding to B.C.-based businesses to create an online shop or an online booking system and/or improve their existing online operations to attract new local customers and expand to new markets. The grant will pay for up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $7,500 per business.

The program supports a rapid response for businesses and is accepting applications from businesses ready to start and finish their online shop within 12 weeks.

Up-to 30% of funds will be reserved for Black, Indigenous and people of color owned businesses and businesses operating outside of the lower mainland and greater Victoria.

The funds must be used to hire B.C.-based company(ies) to do the online store or online booking system development.

Step 1:

Develop a grant proposal that explains how you plan to use the funds. Businesses need to show a cost estimate that includes how much funding they need and how the money will be spent.

Step 2:

Complete the online application demonstrating that you meet the eligibility criteria and submit your online shop proposal.

Step 3:

Applicants will be contacted within three weeks with the outcome of their application.

This is a great opportunity for B.C. businesses to use government funds to hire B.C. businesses to “pivot” their business. A great opportunity.

Call me personally at (604) 314-6022 to discuss the process to move forward.

Dallas Robinson
Craft West

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