Businesses can apply for grant funding in one of two phases:
- Phase 1: Matching grants of $1000, $2500 or $5,000 (August - December 2020)
- Phase 2: Matching grants of up to $25,000 for longer-term diversification initiatives that will support business sustainability (Beginning January 2021)
Maximum grant amounts are not guaranteed, and lesser amounts may be allocated at the discretion of the City. Businesses are only eligible for funding during one of the phases. Assess your business needs and the timing funding is released to determine which phase to apply in.
Steps for Applying
- Read about the Regina Economic Recovery Grant
- Check below to see if your business is eligible
- Determine your funding needs and during what phase (Phase 1 or Phase 2) funding is required
- Ensure your business can match the funds being requested
- Prepare your application answers (See Preparing Your Application) and gather all necessary documentation
- Apply using the online form
Regina Economic Recovery Grant
- Businesses may only receive grant funding once from the Regina Economic Recovery Grant program. You may not reapply for any additional funding in Phase I or II once you have been awarded funding.
- You must match the funds being requested. (For example, if you are requesting a $1,000 grant, your total budget must be at least $2,000 and you must be able to cover half of the total budget.)
- Grant funds can only be used for the purpose outlined in the grant application.
- You are required to submit receipts and invoices to the City of Regina within 90 days of the payment being issued.
- The City may change or clarify the grant criteria at any time to be responsive to the needs of businesses. Updated information will always be found on Regina.ca.
- We understand that timely access to funds is important. We will do our best to process the successful applications within one week of receiving payment instruction and the signed declaration. From the time you submit your application it is esstimated you will receive payment (if successful) within two to three weeks.
- Funding to successful applicants will be issued by electronic funds transfer (EFT) once the completed EFT form has been recieved.
- Funding decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
- The City reserves the right to audit applications and projects that receive funding. Additional information may be requested to verify the funding was used for the intended purpose outlined in the application.
- Applications that best meet the intent of the program and the core criteria will be funded. Due to budget constraints, not every application that meets the eligibility criteria will receive a grant. Please see the Evaluation section for more details.
View the Regina Economic Recovery Grant Policy.
View the eligibility requirements to apply for the Regina Economic Recovery Grant.
- Businesses must be located within Regina City limits and operate within a non-residential property since February 2020.
- Businesses must have experienced a decline in net revenues or financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
- Businesses/organizations must not be in tax arrears or owing fees or fines to the City of Regina. If leasing space, the business/organization must be in good standing with their landlord. ‘Good standing’ means either that lease payments are up to date or the lessee has a formal agreement with their landlord to address overdue lease payments.
- Only business owners or an appropriate designated authority can apply.
Application intake periods are open for 7 days from 9 a.m. Tuesdays until 8:59 a.m. the following Tuesday. All applications received by the end of the weekly intake period will be reviewed and scored as a batch. Any applications received after 8:59 a.m. Tuesday will be included in the following week’s intake batch.
Only one application per business will be accepted. If duplicate applications are identified, only the first one submitted will be reviewed.
Be sure to prepare in advance. You can view the questions you will need to answer ahead of time. *Please note this document is not an application form, but a tool to help you prepare. Once an application is started, it cannot be changed or edited.
Information you will need for your application:
- Applicant name, mailing address, and contact information
- Legal Name of Business (payment to be issued to)
- Operating name of business, business address, and website
- Information about your business: Who does your business serve? What industry does it belong to?
- Business demographic information
- If you lease your space, your property owner’s contact information (name, phone number and email).
- Proof that your business has experienced a financial hardship or decline in revenue due to COVID-19 since March 2020.
- Information about how the funding will be used and why it's important to your business (maximum 2,000 characters).
- Outline how your project aligns with each of the program's core criteria. (up to 500 characters each) This will be used to evaluate applications (For more detail on each core criteria, see Evaluation section below).
- Financial Sustainability
- COVID-19 Impact
- Partner Leverage
- Economic Diversification
- Business Transformation
- Tangible Placemaking Benefits
- Environment Alignment
- Community Impact
- How much money do you anticipate spending on the project you described in the previous question, in total, including grant funding (if awarded)?
- A signed declaration in digital form will be required if you are accepted for a grant.
All applications will be evaluated by the adjudication committee for completeness, eligibility and alignment with the core criteria.
Businesses/organizations must have a demonstrated financial need or hardship.
Applications should meet at least one of the grant core criteria outlined below:
Will the funds help people return to work or create new positions? For example, funding will provide safety measures or training to allow staff to return to work.
Will the funds be used to help keep the business open? For instance, funding will allow a business to keep operating or re-open sooner than anticipated.
Will the funds counter the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses during the relaunch and recover stages? For instance, funding will support business costs related to social distancing and keeping customers and employees safe.
Will the funds support a project that could unlock funding from other partner organizations to amplify impact? For instance, funding will be supplemented or supported by other businesses or organizations.
Will the funds contribute to diversification of the business? For instance, funding will support adding new products or services, or changing what the business does.
Will the funds used help the business succeed by responding to a changing market? For instance, funding will add online sales, delivery to homes, or marketing/delivering existing products or services in a new way.
Tangible Placemaking Benefits
Will the funds be used to support or contribute to main street vibrancy? For instance, funding will attract people to the street by installing a walk-up counter or a new patio.
Will the funds be used to create a ‘green’ impact, and would they support increased resilience and a low carbon future? For instance, funding will support purchasing biodegradable packaging or installing “green” or “clean” technologies.
Will the funds benefit members of marginalized groups or those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, such as women, newcomers, people of colour, or people with disabilities?
These core criteria provide a framework to evaluate and distribute the grants, as well as set metrics to review grant performance. Grant applicants must demonstrate that they meet one or more criteria in order to demonstrate business need and ensure the effectiveness of the funding.
Learn more about the Regina Economic Recovery Grant.
Who do I contact if I need help?
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What costs are eligible?
Eligible costs include goods or services purchased for the use identified in your application. Ineligible costs include rent, lease, or mortgage payments, wages and/or payroll, membership fees, professional association fees and debt servicing costs.
Do costs incurred before receiving a grant count as eligible costs?
Receipts for related costs dated May 19, 2020 and later will count as eligible.
What does “phase 1” and “phase 2” mean?
There are two grant phases. Phase 1 (2020) grants are for small, urgent needs. Phase 2 (2021) grants are for longer-term diversification initiatives to support business sustainability.
Are larger grants available?
Larger grants may be available in Phase 2 (2021). Applicants can only receive one grant and should assess their short- and longer-term plans when applying.
How much funding is awarded per week?
Grants will be awarded based on a weekly budget of approximately $65,000. The number of grants issued per week may vary depending on the number of eligible applications we receive. Most grants are $1,000.
If I’m unsuccessful, do I need to reapply every intake period?
This is up to you. On the application you will indicate whether you would like your application carried forward to the next intake period or if you would like to cancel and resubmit it.
If I don’t receive a grant, can I appeal the decision?
No. The decision is final and there is no appeal process.
Can I receive feedback on my unsuccessful application?
If you have questions about your application, please contact email@example.com.
Is the grant considered taxable income?
Please consult with a tax advisor or accountant.
What if I own two businesses? Can I get a grant for each business?
Yes. You can fill out a separate application for each business.
Why do I need to match the funds?
To ensure funds are provided to viable businesses, we are requiring businesses match the City’s contribution.
How long will it take to receive funding?
We will do our best to process successful applications within one week of receiving payment instructions and the signed declaration. From the time you submit your application it is estimated you will receive payment (if successful) within two to three weeks.
How will I receive the funding?
An EFT payment will be issued upon receipt of a completed EFT form.
What are some examples of projects that I can request funding for?
- Updating a website to allow for online sales
- Installing a walk-up customer window
- Purchasing masks, gloves and other safety equipment
- Investing in production or manufacturing equipment that will allow you to access a new market