1. Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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  3. Small Business Impact Grant Part 2

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Impact Grant Part 2 – Restaurant, Bar, and Fitness and Leisure Business Stream

The Small Business Impact Grant Part 2 – Restaurant, Bar, and Fitness Facility & Leisure Establishment Stream – supports certain small businesses in parts of Halifax and Hants County that have been ordered to close or reduce operations under public health directives in effect from 26 November 2020. The program provides a grant of up to $5,000 to help cover operating expenses. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.

Funding amount

Small business enterprises, non-profits, and social enterprises operating an eligible small business can receive a one-time grant equal to 15% of the business’s revenue from sales for the month of April 2019 or February 2020 as selected by the applicant.

Businesses that started after 15 March 2020 are eligible. The grant amount will be 15% of sales revenue for a benchmark calendar month of their choosing, between April and October 2020.

Grants are given by enterprise, not by establishment or location.

Eligibility

Eligible business types

To be eligible, businesses must be one of these business types:

  • full service, dine in restaurants (not take-out restaurants or food trucks)
  • bar or licensed drinking establishments (excluding winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms)
  • fitness and leisure establishments (like a gym, yoga or Pilates studio, rock-climbing facility, escape room, axe-throwing facility, or board game cafes)

Eligible business locations

Businesses must be in an area of Halifax County or Hants County where additional restrictions under the Health Protection Act Order are in place from 26 November 2020.

Other eligibility criteria

Businesses must:

  • be registered as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society, social enterprise, not-for-profit, charity in business, or other similar organization
    • Social enterprises, non-profits, charities in business and other similar organizations must operate a dine-in restaurant, bar or drinking establishment, or fitness or leisure establishment
  • pay the small business corporate tax rate on income taxes, if incorporated
  • have annual taxable capital of $15,000,000 or less
  • be experiencing either a 30% or more decrease in revenues in November 2020 because of the ongoing effects of the Health Protection Act Order of March 2020, or expecting at least a 30% decrease in revenues in December 2020 because of the additional restrictions from the 26 November 2020 Order

How to apply

Businesses that previously received the Small Business Impact Grant or the Small Business Reopening or Support Grant

Administrators are reviewing all previous applications to determine which businesses qualify for this grant.

If you received the Small Business Impact Grant or Small Business Reopening and Support Grant, your grant will be processed based on your previous applications through a shortened processes.

The grant amount will match those you previously received.

Businesses that didn't receive the Small Business Impact Grant or the Small Business Reopening and Support Grant and new busineses

Eligible businesses that didn't apply for the Small Business Impact Grant or Small Business Reopening and Support Grant and new businesses can complete the online application form. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021.

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When you apply, you'll need to provide information including an:

  • unaudited income statement for April 2019 or February 2020
  • business number (unless you're a sole proprietor)
  • a recent tax document like a T1, T2, T3010 or HST return (depending on your business type) or a partial income statement or business plan (if your business doesn't have a revenue history)
  • banking information and image of a void cheque

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