COVID19 Grants

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The Town of Georgina's COVID-19 support programs include grants, a development application fee rebate and a temporary patio program. Since 2020, these programs, along with the Georgina Economic Recovery Benefit have helped more than 200 businesses and not-for-profits cover costs associated with COVID-19 and/or expand their operations.
 
 
For any COVID-19 grant, development rebate or temporary patio inquiries connect with us.
 
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Temporary Patio Program and Grant

The Temporary Patio Program was created to assist restaurants across the municipality with recovery efforts. Restaurant establishments that wish to build a new or expand an existing patio must complete an application that will be reviewed in consultation with Town staff from the Development Services and Operations and Infrastructure Department. Businesses with an identified Business Improvement Area are eligible to receive a grant to assist with constructing their temporary patio. Visit georgina.ca/patio for more information and to submit an application online.

COVID-19 Community Improvement Plan Grant

The COVID-19 Improvement Grant Program has been created to provide to assist with recovery and efforts that must be undertaken by business owners to address operations during this pandemic. Program eligibility will be determined by Georgina's Economic Recovery Team until such time as the Economic Development Committee begins to meet.

The Community Improvement Plan is a program that was approved in accordance with Section 28 of the Ontario Planning Act and applies to only those commercially assessed properties that are identified as being within the Keswick, Sutton or Jackson‘s Point Business Improvement Areas.

Grants approved under this program would be provided to owners/business operators following the submission of the final invoice for the renovation work completed indicating that the suppliers/contractors have been paid in full. For products or software purchased, paid in full invoices/receipts must be provided.

Grant streams

Renovations to address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Maximum 50 per cent cost share to a maximum of $3,000 per business

Eligible improvements:

  • Retrofitted interior floor layouts
  • Construction required to permit social distancing protocols
  • Installation of items/products to address COVID 19 safety protocols during business operations

Purchase/implementation of new technology or software programs to enable e-commerce options or functionality of online business operations

Maximum 50 per cent cost share to a maximum of $1,500 per business

Eligible improvements:

  • Computer equipment and/or technological devices to enable e-commerce options or functionality of online business operations
  • Digital marketing costs or consultant fees to assist with digital marketing and/or communications for online promotion and sales 
  • Purchase of e-commerce shopping platforms and/or subscriptions
  • CRM programs 
  • Technology equipment to enhance bandwidth or internet capacity
  • Mobile applications or functionality to allow customers to book appointments, pick-up times or order online
  • Digital applications to interact with customers to promote social distancing
  • Security software programs that protect customer's data and payment protection methods
*Business must provide a description of how the technology this will assist online operations. Must also provide further results of the outcome of the technology purchases or upgrades.

Costs associated with constructing a temporary patio

Maximum 50 per cent cost share to a maximum of $2,000 per business

 

COVID-19 Development Rebate Building Permit Fee Program

The COVID-19 Development Application Rebate Program has been created to provide additional assistance to the business community and to assist with business recovery efforts during the pandemic by providing a rebate for building permit fees. Evaluation and approval of the applications will be determined by Georgina's Economic Recovery Team until such time as the Economic Development Committee begins to meet.

This funding opportunity recognizes that businesses during this time are required to retrofit their establishments to address COVID-19 related protocols and upgrade commercial spaces which may necessitate the submission of a building permit together with associated fees.

If an application is approved, rebates for building permit fees would be provided to owners/business operators following completion of the work and issuance of an occupancy permit by the Chief Building Official.

Application fee rebate amount:

50 per cent of the building permit to a maximum rebate of $3,000 will be provided for building permit fees (depending on the number of applications received, applicants may not receive the full amount requested)

Eligibility:

  • All sectors are eligible
  • All locations within the municipality are eligible
  • Any individual of their immediate family who received a bi-weekly remuneration from the Town of Georgina is ineligible

COVID-19 Development Rebate Building Permit Fee Application

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Need more information or to set up a meeting? Connect with the Town of Georgina's Economic Development and Tourism office.