The City of Winnipeg has launched the Winnipeg COVID-19 Economic Support Grant Program in order to assist Winnipeg small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have been forced to prohibit access to their premises  due to COVID-19 public health restrictions effective November 12, 2020. The City will be distributing a total of $3 million to eligible local businesses and organizations with funding provided by the federal Safe Restart Agreement.

Small businesses and not-for-profit organizations can now apply online for a non-repayable grant of $1,500. The grant can be used for rent, utilities, wages, personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizing equipment, or other business expenses incurred.

Program application deadline for the first intake is February 28, 2021.

Applicants are subject to the following eligibility requirements:

  • Eligible organizations Include Winnipeg small businesses and not-for-profits that were forced to prohibit access to their premises as a result of the public health orders effective November 12, 2020 or thereafter.
  • Applicants must have fewer than 100 employees.
  • Organizations must have been engaged in business and its physical premises open for public access  immediately prior to the implementation of public health orders on November 12, 2020.
  • Organizations must consent to having their organization disclosed in a public  report as a grant recipient and the specific business expenses covered by the funding.

To learn more about about the program, including qualify and applying for it, visit the City’s webpage on the grant at https://www.winnipeg.ca/emergWeb/covid-19/economic-support-grant.stm