Grants & Programs
Business Attraction Grant Program
The retail economy in North America is under transformation. Today, consumers are enabled by technology to make a decision, driving change in shopping behaviours. This change is the driver behind large and small retailers developing online platforms to engage with their target audience. This grant was established with the intent to make your business more competitive in today’s retail economy.
Funds are available to retail and restaurant applicants looking to invest in digital marketing, e-commerce platforms, website design and SEO development.
Community Builder Grant
2020 applications are now open.
The Downtown Kitchener BIA provides a funding program to encourage members to partner with us to beautify, promote and create events in our Downtown.
The purpose of this funding program is to encourage efforts that help to build a positive image for Downtown Kitchener and enable community events that focus on collaboration and an amazing experience in Downtown.
If you are interested in partnering with businesses and/or community groups to create a great event Downtown, you may qualify for funding. Please review the Program Outline and Application to the right for details.
Downtown Dollars Program
The Downtown Kitchener BIA sells and donates thousands of Downtown Dollars each year that can be used at all partnering businesses. This program is a gift certificate program where "dollars" can be redeemed at any participating Downtown business. There are easy steps to follow when handling these gift certificates. To obtain a copy of the Downtown Dollar security features and steps to validate them please connect with Lori Muller ([email protected]). Dollars are accepted at all financial institutions.
* Please note we only accept cash or business cheque when purchasing Downtown Dollars.
Have an upcoming event and you would like to use Downtown Dollars as a prize? Please read and complete the Downtown Dollar Program document and email to Stef Golling ([email protected]).
Business Sustainability Grant Program (COVID-19)
Small businesses worldwide will forever be changed by the COVID-19. In response, the Downtown Kitchener BIA is proud to announce the COVID-19 Business Sustainability Grant Program.
Today, consumers are enabled by technology to make decisions, driving change in purchasing behaviours. This Crisis has created a drastic rise in ecomme!rce shopping. This change is the driver behind large and small retailers developing online platforms to engage with their target audience. This grant was established with the intent to make your business more competitive in today’s economy.