$2,500 DMS Grant is Back!

Digital Main Street’s $2,500 grant is back!

Digital Main Street (DMS) is a program focused on assisting main street small businesses with their adoption of technologies. Through a partnership with FedDev Ontario and the Province of Ontario, grant opportunities are available to enable this digital transformation process. The Digital Transformation Grant program will provide funding for training, advisory support, and contributions to main street small businesses looking to increase their capacity through digital transformation.

Consider using this Grant to hire a social media/marketing consultant/agency; redesign or develop a website; purchase graphic design, social media, or security software; or purchase other digital hardware. The possibilities are endless and there is no downside! Numerous Junction businesses have already participated.


Participant Requirements

A Digital Transformation Grant is open to any business that meets the following requirements:

Must be a main street business that:

  • Is located in, or close to, a downtown main street, a Business Improvement Area or has zoning consistent with a municipality’s Operating Plan defining a central business district (C1, C2 or equivalent)
  • Is employing 1-10 employees (or fewer than 25 employees if they are a café, restaurant, or bar)
  • Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
  • Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
  • Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start up)
  • Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
  • Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
  • Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
  • Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
  • Is NOT a purely online business

Owned by:

  • An Ontario resident or operating a business in Ontario.
  • An individual of 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Has completed the Digital Transformation for Main Street program, which includes:

  • The Digital Main Street Assessment
  • Has passed the eligibility quiz
  • The online training
  • Developing a Digital Transformation Plan

*OBIAA reserves the right to determine who is eligible/ineligible on a case-by-case basis.

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