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Program Offers Support to Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Leisure Establishments in HRM and Hants County

Monday, November 30, 2020

The Province of Nova Scotia is making available a one-time grant of up to $5,000 to support businesses in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and Hants County that have been ordered by Public Health to temporarily close in response to rising cases of COVID-19 in their communities.  The grant will support the small, independently owned dine-in full-service restaurants, bars, and fitness and leisure establishments directly impacted by new public health directives.

This program is a targeted continuation of the Small Business Impact Grant. It is funded through the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Response Council with the program funds of $50 million announced in March 2020. 

The application process will open in the coming weeks. Work will begin immediately to identify eligible businesses in the restricted areas that received the Small Business Impact Grant and/or the Small Business Reopening and Support Grant offered earlier this year. Businesses will be contacted directly by email in the coming weeks. The program will then open to new applicants. Additional information on time lines, and the process for new applicants will soon be available at