Funding programs can play a crucial role in a business’ success. Connecting downtown businesses with applicable grants is one of the ways we support our members.

Past Grants:

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ micro-grant program

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ gave out 50 micro-grants of $1,000 each to qualifying small and medium-sized businesses in the downtown area who had been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses could use the funds for advertising, promotion, signage, rent, repairs, beautification, or other business expenses. Grants were given to qualifying Downtown Winnipeg BIZ members on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 10 grants were earmarked for supporting Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour-owned businesses.

We are currently developing new grant programs to support downtown Winnipeg businesses.

Check back later for updates.

Building Exterior Lighting Grant Program

The Building Exterior Lighting Grant Program offsets the cost of exterior lighting to create a more inviting and safe pedestrian environment downtown. The program focuses on exterior architectural lighting that will be cost shared between the property owner and the City of Winnipeg. Eligible applicants can receive up to $5,000 for professional design consulting and up to $10,000 per exterior wall of the building, for up to 90% of the cost of lighting improvements. Visit the City of Winnipeg’s website for more information on the program and how to apply.

Lighting Grant

Government of Canada COVID-19 Economic Response

The Government of Canada offers a variety of grants and loans to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs include rent assistance, interest-free loans and supports for women entrepreneurs and BIPOC-owned business.