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Digital Service Squad Grants

The grant application portal for the Alberta Digital Economy Program.

Applications are now closed. We encourage you to email our program development manager if you are a nonprofit with questions about this opportunity.

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What is the Digital Economy Program?

Business Link, in partnership with Digital Main Street, provides non-profits in Alberta with the funds, tools, and guidance to launch Digital Economy Program: Digital Support Squads in your community. The Digital Service Squad (DSS) program focuses on assisting eligible small businesses with their adoption of technology at no cost to them. 

The DSS grant gives you funds to hire local talent, provide training, and advisory support. Learn more about how to increase local employment, expand the digital economy talent pool, and expand your tax base.

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Grants to hire local talent to form a digital service squad

Free onboarding & training for service squad members

The ability to propose a plan unique to your community

Peer-to-peer sessions to learn from other community organizations

Digital Service Squad Grant (DSSG)

The Digital Service Squad grant can help you achieve stronger regional economic development, empower you to aid small businesses grow their revenues, reach new markets, and create new employment opportunities.

Who is eligible for a Digital Service Squad Grant (DSSG)?

A DSSG is open to applicants that meet one of the following requirements:

Non-profit stakeholder organizations, which may include Municipalities, Economic  Development  Agencies, Business  Improvement  Areas (BIA), Chambers of Commerce, Indigenous Communities, or Community Futures that work with small businesses in Alberta.  Please review the DSS FAQS and DSS Grant Guidelines for additional DSS Grant applicant criteria and responsibilities.

Grant Guidelines

Please note: Preference will be given to applicants showing partnerships and collaborations that can leverage existing infrastructure and improved economies of scale to deliver better outcomes, and to applicant(s) who intend to hire Youth (Alberta residents under age 30). 

Eligible Expenses

  • Advertising/marketing
  • Salaries and wages
  • Web hosting and domains

Ineligible Expenses

  • Hospitality/entertainment
  • Excessive/un-necessary equipment
  • Fines or penalties
For a complete list, see the DSS Grant Guidelines

To learn more about the Digital Economy Program, or if you are a small business owner looking for more information, please click here:

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