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Digital Service Squad Grants

The grant application portal for the Alberta Digital Economy Program – Digital Service Squad is now open!  
Apply for a Digital Service Squad Grant
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Building on the highly successful model from Digital Main Street, the Digital Service Squad Program focuses on creating local Service Squads to provide 1-on-1 assistance to eligible small businesses across Alberta. The grants are administered by Business Link to business support organizations throughout Alberta, and businesses can apply directly by visiting the Business Link Digital Economy Program Webpage.

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What is the Digital Service Squad Grant Program?

Digital Service Squad is a program focused on assisting eligible small businesses with their adoption of technology. The Digital Service Squad Grant Program provides training, advisory support, and funds to hire local Digital Service Squad members across Alberta.   

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.

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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

Want to Learn More?

Join us for an info session! We’ll be on hand to discuss the details of the program and provide a forum for Q&A. Click one of the dates below to register.

September 24 | 10:30 AM

Grant Application Form

Fill out and submit the application form below to apply for a Digital Service Squad Grant for your community. If you have any questions, please contact Business Link.

If you are a business looking to apply to the Digital Economy Program, click below.

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