The Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
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This page was last updated on April 15, 2021.
The Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant provides financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that have been ordered to close or curtail their operations as a result of a public health order and have experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30% in April or May 2020 due to COVID-19. This revenue reduction is calculated by comparing monthly revenues for April 2020 or May 2020 to monthly revenues for April 2019, May 2019, or February 2020 (special rules apply to seasonal businesses).
New organizations that commenced operations between March 1, 2020 and October 31, 2020 are also eligible under the program. These organizations must have experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30% in November or December 2020 in comparison to any month between March and October 2020.
Under the first payment intake of the program, organizations can receive 15% of their revenue in either April 2019, May 2019 or February 2020, up to a maximum of $5,000 (special rules apply to seasonal businesses). Businesses with multiple locations may apply for the grant for each individual location. A second payment intake is also available for organizations operating in regions affected by new public health orders issued on or after November 6, 2020. This second payment triples the first payment amount and provides up to $15,000 in additional funding. Together, a total of $20,000 in grant funding is available per eligible application. Eligible applicants can use these funds as they see fit to offset the cost of new public health measures or their relaunch costs (e.g. purchasing PPE, replacing inventory, paying rent and employee wages etc.)
A summary of the eligibility criteria is below. For a full list of the criteria, you can view the guide here.
- Be a legal entity registered in Alberta (e.g. a partnership, corporation, sole proprietor with a registered trade name or an NPO) or be an unregistered sole proprietor with sufficient documentation to demonstrate the existence of its operations;
- Have a permanent establishment (PE) in Alberta;
Carried on operations on February 29, 2020 or be a new business that commenced operations between March and October, 2020;
- Have less than 500 employees (full-time, part-time and contract);
- Had a temporary closure or curtailment of operations due to a public health order related to COVID-19;
- Have at least a 30% revenue decline in April or May, compared to the same month in 2019, or to February 2020, due to the public health order (there are special rules for seasonal businesses);
- Be open, or plan to reopen, as public health orders are lifted; and
- Not have other payments, grants, insurance, etc. compensating for lost revenues (some exceptions apply, including WCB premium relief, BCAP, CEBA, RRRF, CEWS, CECRA, CERS, CERB, CRB, CUSBRF, relief funding from municipalities, and Alberta grant relief for child care).
Applicants who have already applied for the first payment may now apply for the second payment. New applicants can apply for the first and second payments on a single application.
Applications will remain open until March 31, 2021, unless otherwise announced.
To apply, please view the program page where there is a link to the application portal.
A third payment has recently been announced for organizations impacted by the April 2021 public health orders. Under this third payment, eligible organizations will be able to receive 15% of their pre-curtailment monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $10,000.