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COVID-19 Technology Adoption Fund

The CTAF program is currently not accepting additional applications at this time. Please submit your contact information below to be placed on the program waitlist or visit www.blueskynet.ca/btif for potential project funding.

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Program Overview

CTAF will provide eligible businesses, start-ups, municipalities, and Indigenous communities across Northern Ontario with access to capital grant funding to acquire digital technology and e-business and marketing solutions to ensure they can survive and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

CTAF will provide:

  • Capital grant funding for eligible applicants of up to $10,000 with a
    minimum contribution of 25% from the applicant towards the project
  • Guidance and assistance for applicants

Eligibility


Applicant Eligibility 

Established businesses, start-up businesses with a proven track-record, municipalities and Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario (within the Blue Sky Net catchment region) are welcomed to provide submissions for eligible projects. Seasonal businesses are eligible. Not-for-profit organizations, hobby and part-time businesses are not eligible.

 

Eligible project types for digital technology and e-business and marketing

  1. Productivity
    • Time tracking software for mapping out where time is spent
    • Streamline work processes with digital dictation
    • Use project management and task management tools to stay on top of daily responsibilities
    • Create a filing system to make it easier to sort, save, share and find documents
    • Develop an efficient email management process that makes it easier to stay on top of the flow of messages

     

  2. Financial Management
    • Use an on-line invoicing service to reduce the cost of collecting from customers
    • Use on-line budget tracking to keep on top of, and reduce expenses
    • File reports more efficiently on-line
    • Use a comprehensive accounting software to streamline business finances

     

  3. Social Marketing Solution
    • Use software to create a marketing plan that they can edit, update and share with their team
    • Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, etc. to promote their business, products, and services

     

  4. Collaboration & Learning
    • Webinars or web conferences for keeping everyone informed with travel-free face-to-face time
    • Expand their knowledge and empower their team with on-line business training
    • Set up an Intranet for local file sharing
    • Communicate quickly and clearly with team messaging software

     

  5. Customer Service
    • Use social media to conduct customer service and CRM set-up
    • Set up an on-line help desk or ticket system to handle customer issues
    • Allow clients to schedule appointments on-line at their convenience
    • Use on-line surveys and questionnaires to seek customer feedback

     

  6. Mobile Working & Commuting
    • Create a mobile office that allows them to work productively from anywhere
    • Try remote desktop applications to access files on their computer
    • Help companies go paperless, to save money on supplies and storage in their office

How to apply


You can submit your application online by filling out our online form, below. If your application has been successfully submitted, you will be taken to the submission confirmation page. Please contact info@blueskynet.ca if you experience any issues completing or submitting your application form.

Once you have submitted your application form, a member of Blue Sky Net staff will reach out to make contact with you to hold a remote consultation to review your application and project.

*Applications are currently closed*

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