Applications are through the official Canada Digital Adoption Program website:
It’s a government grant and it has been challenging for all parties to navigate.
If you have at least one full time equivalent employee, you’re likely eligible for the $2,400 Stream 1 grant, which can be spent in many different ways (SBBC).
If you have reported revenue that is less than $500k in any of the past 3 years, you can also apply for the $15,000 CDAP Stream 2, unlike the Launch Online and SMB.
The program’s official site has a Grant Assessment Tool with these questions to determine which is right for you:
-Do you have between 1 and 499 employees?
-Which sector is your business in?
-Where is your head office located?
-What are you looking to do?
-Did you have annual revenues between $500,000 and $100,000,000 in any of the past three tax years?
Stream 1 is intended for customer-facing businesses who haven’t yet adopted digital tech or are looking to improve, with funding to support up to 90,000 businesses. This microgrant of $2,400 does not have the minimum revenue requirement.
Stream 2 was developed to help up to 70,000 SMEs adopt new digital technologies and strategies as part of an adoption plan, so the grant is considerably larger. It’s best designed for enterprises with high operational costs and the business is in need of capital and independent, outside expertise to move technology forward.
The funds for the CDAP Grant Stream 2 can only be used to create the Digital Adoption Plan, and is not for implementation or software or ad costs.
Taken From the Canada Digital Adoption Plan and Guide:
The SME and the digital advisor will work together to develop a digital adoption plan that meets the CDAP requirements. Upon completion, the SME will upload their completed digital adoption plan and invoice to the CDAP portal. Once accepted, the grant will be issued to the SME.
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