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COVID-19 Technology Adoption Fund

 

*CTAF Program Update*

Due to high demand in applications and limited additional CTAF program funding available, applications are closed at this time. If you were seeking to engage in a business digital technology project for your business, please visit www.blueskynet.ca/btif for potential project funding.


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

Applications closed.


 

 

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