Jumpstart Recovery Program provides independent small businesses in Windsor-Essex with a $5,000 grant to modify their operations and increase the likelihood of business sustainability and growth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This program is delivered by the Small Business Centre at the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, and is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Starter Company PLUS program.

Businesses can apply to use the grant for the following project activities:
  • Equipment and software needed to advance technology used in response to COVID-19 (eg. website creation/redesign, online software tools, hardware)
  • Advertising fees and its associated costs (eg. online ads, graphic design, photography, printed materials)
  • Leasehold improvements that bring the business storefront into compliance with COVID-19 health and safety regulations
  • Lease and commercial mortgage payments
  • Payroll 
Full program details, including eligibility and reporting requirements, can be reviewed on our website: windsoressexsmallbusiness.com/jumpstart

Please have the following information ready before you begin the application:
  • Description of the project you wish to undertake, timeline for completion and outcomes/impact to your business
  • Total budget for the proposed project with attached quotations for expenses
  • Business tax assessment from CRA for 2019 or 2020
  • A document showing proof of business registration (Master Business Licence) or Articles of Incorporation
To submit project quotations, please scan/photograph all necessary pricing information and/or invoices into one digital file (PDF preferred) to be uploaded to this application. You may wish to use a free tool such as Adobe Scan mobile application to combine multiple files/photos.

Please note: successful applicants will be required to have a commercial bank account to receive Jumpstart funding.

For more information, please visit the Jumpstart webpage, contact us at 519-253-6900 or send us a message.
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