To be eligible to receive an Economic Action Plan Grant, the applicant must be a local business, a business association or a non-profit organization in good standing and must have a primarily commercial mandate. They must also have a valid City business licence, or have plans to obtain one by the time of project completion, unless:
- The business does not require one by the City of Edmonton and if applicable, is in good standing with a professional organization
- The non-profit is registered and in good standing with the Province of Alberta
The following organizations are ineligible for grant funding:
- Government organizations
- Third-party (for example, Amazon) sellers or other online retailers without a location in Edmonton
- Religious or other organizations that do not have an economic mandate, and
- Non-resident business licence holders
To be considered for an Economic Action Plan Grant, all projects or programs must:
- Not duplicate existing resources or services made available by the City
- Be in alignment with at least one out of the 12 listed actions from the City’s Economic Action Plan, including:
- Action 3: Support building capacity and access for entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, such as newcomers and Indigenous entrepreneurs.
- Action 5: Support projects aimed to strengthen or eliminate gaps within existing local supply chain networks.
- Action 6: Leverage Edmonton’s digital infrastructure, including Open Data, fibre optic network and the innovation corridor, to link research, educational and technology organizations.
- Action 10: Develop tools and strategies to attract commercial, residential and mixed-use development in nodes and corridors.
- Action 11: Support enhanced experiences by encouraging opportunities for low impact businesses to operate in parks and public space.
- Action 12: Develop tools to facilitate growth in green economic sectors.
- Action 13: Work together to support emerging made-in-Edmonton technology solutions.
- Action 14: Support emerging off-shoots of the energy sector.
- Action 15: Advance a coordinated approach to growing the local food economy.
- Action 16: Develop Edmonton’s competitive advantage as an international logistics hub and hub to Northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories and beyond.
- Action 17: Promote affordable, accessible, high-quality, and inclusive early learning and child care.
Please note this action is reserved for Provincially licensed/accredited child care providers.
- Action 20: Promote and support academic programs that advance the local economy.
This grant is NOT meant to:
- Provide funding for wages or payroll.
- Support organizations with operational funding for rent, mortgages, bills, debt servicing, or fees for memberships or professional associations.
- Support ongoing initiatives or events.
- Provide funding for permits or licensing fees.