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COVID-19: Small Business Reopening and Support Grant

The Small Business Reopening and Support Grant provides funding to help some small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises that were ordered to close or greatly reduce operations because of the Public Health Order, or were greatly impacted by social distancing and orders to stay home.

The Small Business Reopening and Support Grant provides funding for small businesses, non-profits, charities and social enterprises that were ordered to close or greatly reduce operations because of the Public Health Order or were greatly impacted by orders to stay home.

The program helps small businesses affected by COVID-19 by providing a grant and a business continuity voucher for advice and services from a business consultant. Funding includes a:

  • one-time grant of up to $5,000 to help your business safely reopen
  • business continuity voucher of up to $1,500 for advice and services to help your business adapt to and become more resilient in a COVID-19 world

The grant is intended to help businesses reopen and adapt to COVID-19, not to replace lost revenues.

Eligibility

You can apply for the Small Business Reopening and Support Grant if your small business, non-profit, charity or social enterprise is in 1 of the groups of eligible businesses below. All groups are also eligible for the Business Continuity Voucher.

You need to apply by 17 July 2020.

Groups of eligible businesses

Group 1 - Businesses and organizations approved for the Small Business Impact Grant or that were eligible but didn’t apply for the Small Business Impact Grant and plan to reopen

This group includes businesses established before 15 March 2020 that are paying the small business tax rate, were required to close or greatly reduce their operations, and are specifically named in the Public Health Order. These businesses must have experienced a decline in sales revenue of at least 30% in April 2020 (if they received the Small Business Impact Grant) or in April or May 2020 (if they didn’t receive the Small Business Impact Grant).

Those businesses that received the Small Business Impact Grant in April 2020 will be contacted directly with instructions on how to apply through a streamlined process.

New applicants (you were eligible but didn’t apply for the Small Business Impact Grant and plan to reopen) are eligible for a grant of 15% of revenue from sales for the month of April or May 2019 or February 2020 (up to $5,000). Only new applicants in these sectors are eligible:

  • restaurants and restaurants in golf courses with onsite dining (food trucks and restaurants without onsite dining are not eligible)
  • drinking establishments (like bars, winery and distillery tasting rooms and craft taprooms)
  • personal care services (like hair salons, barber shops, spas, nail salons and body art establishments)
  • fitness establishments (like gyms, yoga and Pilates studios and rock-climbing establishments)
  • unregulated health professionals (like massage therapists, acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, Chinese medicine practitioners, other complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and podiatrists)
  • self-regulated health professionals (like audiologists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, self-employed dental hygienists, opticians and optometrists; physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics and dentists are not eligible)
  • veterinarians
  • live, performing arts events for audiences scheduled to take place in April or May 2020 (while these businesses are still ordered closed by the Public Health Order, the grant can help them prepare for eventual reopening)
  • in-person trade shows, exhibitions, paid keynote speakers, event planners and event support companies scheduled to take place in April or May 2020, if at least 50% of their revenue is dependent on live events (while these businesses are still ordered closed by the Public Health Order, the grant can help them prepare for eventual reopening)

Group 2 - Independent, Nova Scotian owned small retail businesses

Small retail businesses and social enterprises with permanent leased or owned retail premises, total annual sales of more than $25,000 and less than $300,000, that experienced a loss of monthly sales in April or May 2020 of more than 30% compared to April or May 2019 are eligible for a grant of 15%, up to $5,000, of the business’s revenue from sales for the month of April or May 2019 or February 2020.

These businesses include:

  • motor vehicle and parts dealers
  • furniture and home furnishings stores
  • electronics and appliance stores
  • building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers
  • small food and beverage stores
  • health and personal care stores (except pharmacies)
  • clothing and clothing accessories stores
  • general merchandise stores (except those that primarily sell food)
  • miscellaneous store retailers, including florists, gift, novelty and souvenir stores, tailors and dressmakers, used merchandise stores, pet and pet supplies stores and art dealers

Stores and retailers without a physical shop are not eligible.

Group 3 - Small independent retail gas dealers

Small, independent retail gasoline dealers, with 3 or fewer retail outlets, paying the small business tax rate and operating in Nova Scotia between 16 March 2020 and 1 June 2020. Retailers who have experienced a decline in revenue of 30% or more in April or May 2020 are eligible for a one-time grant of $5,000.

Larger gas retailers paying the corporate tax rate and owning more than 3 retail locations are not eligible. Wholesalers are also not eligible.

Group 4 - Dental offices

Dental offices planning to restart service to patients in June 2020 are eligible for a one-time grant of $5,000 to assist with safely reopening.

How to apply

  • Make sure you meet all the eligibility criteria.
  • Gather any required supporting documentation you need for your application.
  • Applications from some businesses in Group 1 (those that received the Small Business Impact Grant) are being processed the week of 8 June. Grant deposits started on 9 June. If you received the Small Business Impact Grant in April but haven’t received a direct email from with a link to the streamlined application process, contact for help.
  • Other businesses in Group 1 (those that were eligible for the Small Business Impact Grant but didn’t apply) can apply online starting 15 June.
  • Businesses in Group 2 can apply online starting 15 June.
  • Businesses in Group 3 can apply online.
  • Businesses in Group 4 can apply online.

Program questions

If you have questions about the grant, contact .