Digital Media Grant

Application Deadline: November 30, 2020

Applications are now closed

Digital Media Grant Program

We are pleased to announce that the Government of Canada has approved a Digital Media Grant (the Grant) available for any eligible Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).


In-person conferences have been replaced by online events, making it critical for Canadian companies to have a substantial online presence to attract attention and foster growth. The purpose of the Grant is to support the development and enhancement of the digital presence of Canadian SMEs.


SMEs will be able to establish, enhance and develop corporate media to encourage participation in global virtual events with an enhanced digital footprint. 


Your business gets an offset by up to 75% of eligible digital media costs, up to a maximum amount, on such activities as:

  • Website enhancement

  • Social Media campaigns

  • Corporate video creation

  • Digital Media creation

  • Graphic design

  • Copy creation

  • More (ask us if what you have in mind is eligible)


Eligible candidates for the Digital Media Grant are For-Profit Non-Government Canadian SMEs (see Notes below).


Evaluation Criteria:

  • Number of FTE Employees

  • Location of organizational Head office

  • Location of other organizational offices

  • Revenue of the organization

  • % of export business

  • Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives


“Digital Media” can be created, viewed, distributed, modified and preserved on digital electronics devices. They include, but are not limited to, corporate promotional digital video, digital brochures and images, websites and webpages, digital catalogues, electronic books, electronic documents for promotional purposes, informational posts, digital audio, databases, social media, webinars, podcasts and other materials or media. 


“Activities” are described as any service rendered, product produced, consulting or other reimbursable expense.

  1. Application Form: Complete all questions in the application form, including the planned Activities and a description of the services and media.

  2. Successful applicants will be informed by December 2, 2020 at 17:00 PM EDT. 

  3. They will receive the Grant Guidelines and a Digital Media Grant Agreement.

  4. Each Grant recipient must sign a Grant Agreement by December 15, 2020 11:59 PM EDT. 

  5. Digital Media Activities take place

  6. Submit a Claim: by February 15, 2021 11:59 PM EDT. 

  7. Reimbursement: Funds should be reimbursed by April 30, 2021.


November 30, 2020 – Application Deadline

December 2, 2020 – Successful candidates notified

December 15, 2020 – Grant agreement must be signed and submitted

*Eligible activities must take place/must have taken place between April 1, 2020 – February 15, 2021

February 15, 2021 – Claim and supporting information deadline

April 30, 2021 – Reimbursement of expenses.

The funding is available for a limited number of Canadian SMEs. The Grant will be issued based on eligibility criteria and on a first come, first served basis.


If you would like to apply, please fill out the application form by November 30 at 11:59 PM EDT.


1. The Government of Canada Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) program, which is managed by Global Affairs Canada and is now part of the CanExport program.

2. According to Industry Canada’s guidance on SMEs, company size is defined as Small: 1 - 99 employees; Medium: 100 - 499 employees; Large: 500 employees and more.

3. The administrators of the program have the authority to limit the amount of the grant to each company.

4. Applying for the grant is no guarantee that you will receive a grant and any costs incurred for services or products are the responsibility of the your company.


Q: Is there a limit to how much money I can apply for within the Digital Media Grant?

A: There is no limit to how much you may ask for. However, we (the grantors) will be limited as to how much we will be able to distribute to the recipients (the grantees). We must distribute the grant equitably among the grantees, to a maximum limit. The maximum limit is determined by how many grantees are accepted in the program and their requested amount. 


Q: Can this grant be combined with other government grants?

A: Any grantees accepted to the Digital Media Grant (DMG) program must disclose if they are combining the DMG with any other government funds (federal, provincial, local) due to CanExport Federal stacking limits. We cannot comment on other program stacking requirements and recommend applicants inform themselves on stacking limits or other restrictions. Once accepted, we will be happy to speak with accepted grantees on how to proceed.

Q: Is confirmation of a paid invoice required by the deadline, or will the standard invoice for the services procured be sufficient?

A: Yes, a paid invoice is required. This is a reimbursement program.