Grant program offers help for local women-owned businesses

Grants up to $5,000 are being offered for businesses owned and led by women. Community Futures Fraser Fort George (CF FFG) announced the program for the north earlier this month.

The grants are designed to help women entrepreneurs experiencing business impacts from Covid-19 access business coaching or other consulting services to help pivot their enterprise.

The grant can be used for professional services to help with website development, marketing strategy, sourcing new revenue streams. It can be used as a ‘stand-alone’ or in tandem with other resources such as the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) consultant rebate program or a financial loan.

“The opportunity to access a consultant grant can help businesses that are striving to reposition during this unprecedented time,” says Susan Stearns, General Manager, CF FFG.

“The LEAP for Women in Business grant program is enhanced with the option of accessing business coaching, available at no charge, to support all women entrepreneurs with their pivoting efforts. These tools are only two of many supports being offered through CF FFG’s LEAP for Women in Business initiative.”

Eligible businesses must be in operation for a minimum of one year. With close to $40,000 approved to date, applications are being accepted until February 26th, or until funds are fully committed. For full program details, including application process and FAQ’s visit the Community Futures website.

CONTACT: Sarita Parmar​
Business Coach
Community Futures Fraser Fort George​
T: 250.562.9622 x 105​

Community Futures Fraser Fort George serves the communities of Mackenzie, Prince George, McBride, Valemount and surrounding rural areas. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, we approved approximately $1.1 million dollars in financing to small businesses across the region, representing 19new or expanded businesses and over 68 jobs (full and part-time) being created or maintained. Since its inception, Community Futures Fraser Fort George has loaned over $29 million to small businesses across our region. Community Futures offers workshops, business coaching and loan funds to entrepreneurs to start, expand, or purchase an existing business.

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