Bruce County Economic Development Grants
1. Business to Bruce Grants (to support business development)
2. Spruce the Bruce Grants (to support community development)
3. Explore the Bruce Grant (to support marketing and promotions)
Business Development grants include:
To help communities develop the tools and resources for business attraction and expansion, developing targeted recruitment and enhancement strategy, marketing material for the community. In order to be eligible for this grant, communities have to make a financial commitment of $15,000 and have at least one Business Ambassador to participate in the Business to Bruce program.
In partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), we are here to help entrepreneurs launch their new business or expand an existing business. Business skills training along with mentorship are offered free of cost to Starter Company Plus program participants. Three intakes will occur: April 2017, September 2017, and January 2018.
In partnership with the Province of Ontario, Business to Bruce is pleased to help students enter the world of entrepreneurship! Available for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 who are returning to school in the fall, the Summer Company grant offers free training and mentorship, with an opportunity to earn a grant for their summer business. Applications close in mid spring each year.
Marketing & Promotions grants include:
The Community Destination Grant encourages downtown businesses to partner together in promotional activities, for example to provide a package offering. The Attractions Marketing Grant supports non-gated public attractions (i.e. Bruce Trail, Saugeen River) and supports improvements to marketing materials for advertising, mapping and promotion of these attractions.
This grant is given to associations, organizations and/or regional groups promoting the ‘Best of’ Activities, Experiences and Destinations in Bruce County by developing printed collateral pieces. Bruce County is well poised to do great things in 2017 and beyond. We are excited to collaborate with you and to help your communities and business succeed.
Community Development grants include:
Community Signage Grants may be directed towards signage that improves visitor experiences in and around the downtown, including gateway signs, interpretive / historical plaques, kiosks, and route markers (i.e. for cycling or hiking).
Streetscape Beautification Grants can be used towards street improvements such as: (but not limited to) banners, benches, garbage/recycling cans, bike racks, flower containers, green space/park enhancements, seasonal decorations and/or public art, provided that the items are installed within the designated downtown area.
These grants may be used towards the restoration or upgrading of an existing storefront or the design and installation of a new façade. Alternatively, these grants may be used for the addition of a sidewalk patio.
Clear and effective storefront signs have a large role to play in communicating the services and features offered in your community. This grant may be used towards the restoration of an old sign or awning or the design and purchase of a new sign or awning.
Capital improvements to core visitor attractions that improve visitor experience. Although downtown locations are preferred, this grant may include locations outside of the downtown. Design Services are available to help applicants turn their ideas into great proposals. These services are available in advance of an application; please contact the Bruce County Economic Development Team well before the application deadlines. Grant application deadlines are the last day of each month.