Applications for B.C. ‘circuit breaker’ grants now open to eligible struggling businesses

Applications for B.C. 'circuit breaker' grants now open to eligible struggling businesses

The B.C. government is now accepting applications for the Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant, a program developed to help struggling businesses affected by the latest provincial measures to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Eligible bars, breweries, wineries, gyms and fitness centres can apply for the one-time grant funding through an online portal, located here.

The government says the payment is intended to help with expenses like rent, insurance, employee wages, maintenance, utilities or any unexpected cost– such as the purchase of perishable goods — that resulted from COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the Province, businesses affected by the provincial health orders announced on March 30 will be eligible to receive between $1,000 and $10,000 in grant funding.

The Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant is open to eligible businesses of any size that have been in operation since Feb. 1, 2021.

In order for a business to be eligible for funding, they must:

  • Confirm it has been affected by the recent provincial health orders;
  • Provide electronic banking information;
  • Confirm it is registered as a B.C. business;
  • Produce a business validation document, such as a business licence, liquor licence, notice of assessment or lease agreement; and
  • Confirm majority ownership and operations and payment of taxes in B.C.

Any businesses that were closed or had their licences revoked due to non-compliance of the provincial health order are not eligible to apply for this grant, notes the government.

Applications will remain open until June 4, 2021, or until the grant funds are disbursed.

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