On June 29, the Alberta government launched the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG) to give businesses some much needed support.
The $5,000 grant is open to any small business, non-profit, or cooperative that experienced a 50 per cent revenue reduction and was forced to either close or reduce their operations because of public health orders.
“I want to see all our local organizations utilize this grant while they can,” Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk, MLA – Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville said.
Small businesses from across Alberta have applied for the SMERG, and the government has given more than 14,000 grants to date – with the majority of these being paid within ten business days.
“I have seen businesses hustle hard to make changes and adapt to the new realities created by a global pandemic, all while keeping their customers and staff safe.”
MLA – Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
Armstrong-Homeniuk says this has resulted in more than $53 million being placed into the hands of the small businesses that form the backbone of our economy.
“Job creators have been using the money to rehire staff, pay everyday business costs, purchase personal protective equipment, and more,” Armstrong-Homeniuk said. “The goal of the program is not to tell small businesses where to spend the money, but for them to determine where the money is needed most.”
If you own a business and were forced to close or reduce your services as a result of COVID-19, Armstrong-Homeniuk says “I encourage you – businesses, cooperatives, or non-profits – to apply.”
“You’ve told your government what you needed and your government is listening. We are here for all of Alberta’s job creators as we move to relaunch Alberta’s economy,” Armstrong-Homeniuk concluded.