Desjardins GoodSpark Grants

Desjardins GoodSpark Grants

Desjardins is giving away $3M in GoodSpark Grants to small businesses.

The application period has now ended. The winners will be announced shortly.

About Desjardins GoodSpark Grants

For over 120 years now, we’ve been supporting small business by offering advice, adapted funds and easier access to credit. GoodSpark Grants are just one more way we support small businesses.

  • 150 Grants of $20,000

  • Financial consultation services

  • A boost to the well-being of people and communities

Who can participate?

Small businesses that:

  • Are locally owned and operated
  • Are doing business in at least one of the following provinces: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
  • Have a minimum of 1 employee and a maximum of 50 employees
  • Have been registered for at least 1 year
  • Have a project that involves at least 1 of the following issues: sustainable development, employment, innovation

Read the program rules (PDF, 170 KB)

Investing in projects that matter

Sustainable development

Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

Employment

Investing in employees (such as employee programs, training, education, diversity, talent acquisition)

Innovation

New initiatives to help modernize the business

Desjardins GoodSpark Grants program timeline

The application period has now ended. The winners will be announced shortly.

Check back often to view details on the first edition of the GoodSpark Grants.

Important dates

  1. Submissions
    November 2021
  2. Evaluation
    December 2021 and January 2022

    In progress
  3. Reveal of the winners
    February 2022

FAQ

Our internal selection committee reviews all applications and selects the 150 Grant recipients based on GoodSpark Grant selection criteria, which include, but are not limited to:

  • The extent to which the small business meets all eligibility requirements
  • The degree to which the Grant is deemed to have a compelling impact on the small business
  • The quality of the applicant’s written description of why they should receive a Grant and how it will be used

We encourage all applicants to read the program rules External link. This link will open in a new window. (PDF, 170 KB) and fill out the application form  External link. This link will open in a new window. to the best of their ability. We are not able to provide any comments due to the large volume of applications.

To be eligible to receive a GoodSpark Grant, projects for small businesses must fit within at least 1 of the following categories: innovation, employment, or sustainable development. For definitions of these categories, read the program rules External link. This link will open in a new window. (PDF, 170 KB).

No, you can't make any changes to your application once it's been submitted.

Only 1 application can be submitted per small business.

The winners will be informed in February 2022, and Grant funds will be paid out by March 31, 2022.

In most cases, we, or one of our local representatives, will deliver Grant cheques directly to recipients.

No, cheques must be made payable to the business name as written in the application.

No, we are unable to provide this information due to the large volume of applications.

As part of being selected to be a Grant recipient, we'll contact you to schedule your meeting with a financial advisor. We may also contact you to gather stories or testimonials on the progress of the selected project and on how the Grant funds have helped your small business.