The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) is providing Canadian businesses across different sectors and industries with grants of up to $5,000. Eligible Expenses must be incremental and a direct result of adjusting operations for COVID 19 safety guidelines. Expenses directly related to the categories below are eligible for reimbursement under the program if purchases were made AFTER March 15, 2020: personal protective equipment (PPE), adjustments to office space for Covid-19 safety guidelines and 3 development of web/e-commerce capability.
Who is eligible for the CUSBRF:
Although CUSBRF is managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) on behalf of the national Chamber network, applicants do not need to be members of the OCC to qualify. Applications are open to Small Businesses who are small to medium-sized companies in every part of the country that:
Have between $150,000 and $3 million in annual sales
Have up to 75 employees
Are for-profit or not-for-profit organizations (although charities, government organizations, municipalities and the Chamber of Commerce network are not eligible)
Are incorporated, or operating as a sole proprietor/partnership, in Canada as of March 1, 2020 Have $1 million of commercial general liability insurance.
Have been in operation after September 1, 2020
Priority applicants for consideration will include businesses owned by Indigenous people, women, visible minorities, LGBTQ2+ and persons with disabilities.
The following costs are ineligible:
- Business plans
- Inventory costs & items purchased for re-sale
- Employee wages & Consulting fees
- Existing operating costs
- Office furniture, Laptops, headphones, printers, etc.
- Third party delivery transaction fees
- Renovations not required for social distancing
- Social media advertising, etc.
- Recurring subscriptions fees/services implemented pre-COVID-19
General cleaning services How to apply for the CUSBRF:
Starting on October 26, 2020 new applications online through the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Only one application is allowed per ownership group. Organizations are being asked to explain the impact COVID-19 has had on operations.
1. Applicants must attach all necessary receipts and invoices, accompanied with proof of payment, with the application.
2. Applicants must also submit the HST registration or recent HST filing AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: 1. Proof of Business Registration. 2. Business License. 3. Articles of incorporation or letters patent. 4.
a. Articles of incorporation or
b. letters patent for each corporate partner
Applicants must also agree that their names and level of funding may be published and that they will participate in marketing efforts through the Royal Bank of Canada, the Government of Canada, and the OCC.
As this is the second round of funding being made available, applicants who have already applied for the CUSBRF are being asked not to submit a second application.
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