Small- and medium-sized businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits that have been impacted by the public health measures introduced in April 2021 can now apply for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant (SMERG). This is a new round of the relaunch program and replaces the previously announced Enhanced Covid-19 Business Benefit.
Businesses and organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that have experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30% as a result of the pandemic, may be eligible to receive up to $10,000. Businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of the impact of new public health measures or their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include:
purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies;
paying rent and employee wages; or
Application intake for the program is now open until May 31 here.