Please note that the following message is posted on the program website: “The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) in partnership with the Province of Manitoba announced today they are preparing to re-open the funding application process for the Digital Manitoba Initiative (DMI) help Manitoba SMEs and not-for-profit organizations with digital transformation. TechUP will reopen first, on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 12 PM CST, PowerUP is scheduled for early March 2022. DMI will run until it is fully subscribed, and all funds have been allocated.”
The Province of Manitoba invested $15 million to help create the Digital Manitoba Initiative. Managed by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, the Initiative was designed to ensure local businesses have the tools to take advantage of opportunities provided by the modern economy and stay up to date with an ever-increasing number of devices and platforms. Through two programs, TechUP and PowerUP, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has created the opportunity for businesses to invest in their digital assets and improve their business strategies.
Businesses that have expenses or investments of up to $5,000 that were put towards the digital adaptation of their business should register under this initiative. Eligible timing of expenses can be from April 1, 2021, or a plan to spend within the next 30 days.
Businesses that are seeking to invest in strategic projects requiring 90 days or less (or have already made significant digital investments since April 1, 2021) should register under this initiative. Successful applicants must provide a Business Case Brief detailing how the funds will build their capacity or otherwise modernize their business systems inclusive of some other specific criteria.
Applications for both grants opened on October 20th but have been temporarily paused as of the date of writing. Applications are expected to resume shortly. We recommend checking in regularly to the program website for updates.
For more information on these two programs please visit the Digital Manitoba Initiative website.