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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Tourism Operators Restart Program

Grants to Nova Scotia Businesses in the Tourism
Industry for COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

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Government of Nova Scotia

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Grants of $5,000 to Nova Scotia small businesses for Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery efforts. The purpose of this program is to help companies in the tourism industry that have suffered financially as a result of recent restrictions related to the pandemic. The funding can be used for advertising or other restart expenses like personal protective equipment or cleaning supplies.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196951

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Businesses are eligible if their main business activity is 1 or more of the following:
- Tour operators
- Scenic and sightseeing transportation
- Outdoor adventure operators or outfitters
- Nature parks, amusement or theme parks, zoos and botanical gardens
- Recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds that didn’t qualify for the Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 1 or Part 2
- Travel agencies

Eligible applicants will be identified by their North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and Tourism Nova Scotia’s listings of tourism businesses and attractions.

To qualify, businesses must also:
- Be registered as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society, social enterprise, not-for-profit, charity in business or other similar organization
- Employ fewer than 100 employees
- Pay the small business tax rate, if incorporated
- Be HST registered

Ineligible businesses:
Golf clubs and courses aren’t eligible for the program.

Businesses also aren’t eligible if they’ve received funding from any of these programs:
- Tourism Accommodations Real Property Tax Rebate Program Part 1 or Part 2
- Small Business Impact Grant Part 3
- Small Business Tax Rebate Program
- Tourism Sector Financing Assistance Program

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will open on 23 June 2021. The deadline to apply is 23 July 2021.

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