The Launch Online Grant program is currently investing up to $12 million to help various small- and medium-size businesses to adapt or transit to an online presence. This grant will pay 75% of eligible expenses. The maximum of this grant is $7,500 per business.
Where can you allocate your money?
- Service provider costs:
- Platform and website development
- Copy and online content writing
- Developing an online inventory of goods and products
- Pictures (including hiring a photographer), stock photos or related graphics needed
- Digital customer costs:
- E-commerce platform subscription (up to 1 year)
- Online advertising (up to 1 year)
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Creating banners and other embedded advertising
- Staff training to manage the online shop, learn about digital marketing, etc.
- Platform subscription costs
- Purchase of online photos and graphics
- Purchase of online promotional space such as Facebook ads
Am I eligible?
- The owner of the company must be a BC resident (or residents)
- Your business operations operate solely or primarily within BC
- You must be currently operating, and employing BC residents
- Less than 149 employees
- Generated sales of more than $30,000 in the past year
- You must be registered in and pay taxes in BC
- You must have a business license number and a GST number, a PST and a WorkSafe BC number if applicable
- Has repeatable goods and/or in the case of artists and jewellers (items that have slight differences like paintings or rings)
- If you are a business that is service based, unfortunately you would not be eligible for this grant.
- If you are renting products that your company owns you may be still able to apply.
Look more into eligibility: https://www.launchonline.ca/
Who can help me?
The funds must be used to hire B.C.-based company(ies) and Wikads can develop or improve the online platforms and stores.
Wikads has built a solid plan and process to help your local business thrive in the online world. We will develop an e-commerce store that is fully functional and meets all the requirements.
How do I apply?
Go to Launch Online https://launchonline.ca/ to start your application.
Have all documentation ready
Develop a grant proposal that explains what your plan is for using the allocated funds.
Include cost estimates for the categories in which you are going to allocate the funds.
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How long does it take?
It takes 3 weeks after submission for the application to be viewed and reviewed.
This grant works on a first come first served basis.
I have an online store already, do I qualify?
If you have a store, it must not have more than three of the five identified online store features:
- Customer registration and information security features
- Shopping cart and order management capabilities
- Payment processing options including application of appropriate taxes and shipping costs at time of ordering
- Product catalogue, search and inventory status
- Website analytics and reporting capabilities