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Manitoba Chambers of Commerce will continue to advocate for digital adaptation incentives for local businesses. Please follow us on social channels for news and updates.

TechUP and PowerUP grant programs are fully subscribed and closed.

Digital Manitoba Initiative will continue to work with applicants on open files only.

For those with pending applications, we appreciate your patience. Each file gets careful consideration and that takes time. DMI will contact you at each phase of the process.

Creating a digitally competitive Manitoba

Digital adaptation is the process of using digital technologies to create, modify or optimize existing processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet shifting market requirements. Digitally literate businesses use data and technology to create value in their business models, processes, and strategies that enhance their financial and operational efficiency as well as customer experiences and retention.

The Digital Manitoba Initiative was created to ensure local businesses get technical supports they need to take advantage of the opportunities provided by today’s digital-first world.

DMI works to reduce the risk and make digital adaptation more accessible. With supports for technology enhancement, businesses can thrive in today’s rapidly evolving market. And when local businesses thrive, everyone benefits.

Eligible Businesses

Who can apply?

DMI grants are open to all businesses registered in Manitoba before March 1, 2020 with a specific technology need or strategic plan to optimize your business and maximize growth. You do not need to be a member of the Chambers, nor have a brick-and-mortar storefront.

To be eligible for DMI, businesses must:

  • Be a registered business owned and operated in Manitoba
  • Be in good standing with the Manitoba Companies Office
  • Have a business banking account

Who can't apply?

Applications are assessed individually and priority will be given to small and medium sized businesses where these funds can make the greatest impact towards digital transition. Priority is also given to projects that create new digital capacity for the business. If the business is a holding company with multiple subsidiaries, only one organization may apply, even if each has its own registry number.

The following businesses are ineligible for a DMI grant:

  • Businesses that have previously applied for a DMI grant*
  • Businesses that provide digital services, including, but not limited to, website design/development, SEO, video creation, programming, etc. — DMI is intended to help non-digital businesses with their digital adaptation
  • Franchises

*You can only apply for each DMI grant once. If you previously applied for either TechUP or PowerUP and did not receive it, you cannot apply for the same grant a second time. You may still be eligible for the other grant, provided you have not already applied for it.

Eligible Purchases

What a DMI grant can do for you

DMI grants are intended to reimburse you for the cost of your business’s digital adaptation and development. Eligible expenses must be net new investments.

Here are some examples of expenses eligible for reimbursement with a DMI grant:

  • Touchless payment systems
  • Cloud storage
  • New software licenses (online/cloud)
  • Software for Graphic design, productivity, social media, or security
  • Cyber security consulting or tools
  • IT consulting services
  • Digital training or upskilling
  • Consultant or agency fees for digital marketing
  • Development of new website
  • Redesign or improvements to existing website
  • Data migration
  • Data analysis
  • Process automation
  • Virtual tools

Funding is not meant to subsidize your existing expenses.

Some expenses that are not eligible include:

  • Cell phone bills
  • Internet bills
  • Digital advertising bills
  • Existing software or subscriptions, including Microsoft 365
  • Multi-year subscriptions
  • Existing hosting or domain fees
  • Software subscription renewal
  • Digital accessories, including Apple Watches or AirPods
  • Non-digital purchases, including signage and printing, logo redesign and rebranding
  • Standard business/office equipment, including printers, keyboards, mouse, or cables
  • Consumables, including ink cartridges
  • Staff salaries
  • Insurance or warranties
  • Interest costs, fines, or penalties

Hardware purchases will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Expenses must enable new digital capacity, and not be routine upgrades.