2017 Spruce the Bruce Grants Now Available

Bruce County’s newly expanded Economic Development Grants are now available. These grants have evolved the popular “Spruce the Bruce” program to incorporate supports for new and existing entrepreneurs in Bruce County advancing both the County’s “Business to Bruce” and “Explore the Bruce” programs.

The Spruce the Bruce community development program, now in its eighth year, inspires lasting downtown revitalization and community improvements. Spruce the Bruce Grant options include community grants (i.e. Community Signage, Destination Infrastructure, Streetscape Beautification) and supports for local businesses (i.e. Perpendicular Signage & Awning, and Façade Improvement & Sidewalk Patio).

This year through the expanded grant program, Business to Bruce grants will be offered that support local business startups through the Starter Company Plus program (in partnership with the Province of Ontario up to $5,000 is available in grants to eligible entrepreneurs).  Additionally, community foundations and readiness grants are available through the Community Business Readiness Grant. The Explore the Bruce program will offer two new marketing grants in 2017 namely the Collaborative Marketing and Regional Marketing grants.

Here are the Economic Development Grants Available in 2017:
1.      Community signage
2.      Destination Infrastructure
3.      Streetscape Beautification
4.      Perpendicular Signage & Awning
5.      Façade Improvement & Sidewalk Patio
6.      Collaborative Marketing
7.      Regional Marketing
8.      Community Business Readiness Grant
9.      Starter Company Plus*

Note: All potential entrepreneurs in Bruce County are eligible for Starter Company Plus grant. The Starter Company Plus provides training, mentorship, business planning and monetary funds to local small business owners.

For more information on the Economic Development Grants, please visit www.sprucethebruce.com.