Queen’s Innovation Centre x Pocketed: 5 Grants for Growth

What’s the best thing about free money?

Pocketed Grant Platform
3 min readMar 15, 2022

It helps you scale your business, relatively risk-free! And there are many ways you can leverage these funds!

Today, we’ll show you 5 grant programs for any project so that you can succeed 🙌

First, let’s get familiar with the common projects grants can cover;

  • Research and Development — innovating and introducing new products and services.
  • Hiring — scaling team and talent.
  • Training — upskilling existing team.
  • Market Expansion — exploring and researching new markets.
  • COVID-19 Recovery — getting business back on track.

Our strategic alliance, Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, is also here to help you take your first steps as an entrepreneur to get your business off the ground! So together, we’ve compiled this list of Canada-wide and/or Ontario-based grants for your benefit!

Research and Development

Business Scale-up and Productivity Program (BSP) Southern Ontario

Region: Ontario

Amount: $500,000 contributions (up to $10 million per project)

Deadline: Open Until Filled

This repayable, no-interest grant is available to biotechnology companies in Ontario looking to grow! It allows you to adopt and adapt innovative technologies that will help your company scale-up and become a global competitor.


Project Learning Tree Canada

Region: Canada-wide

Amount: Up to $32,000

Deadline: Open Until Filled

This grant opens up job placements for youth in Green jobs. The program wants to fill over 1,000 Green jobs with this incentive. The grant offers a 50%-80% wage match with up to $32,000 available to employers. Take advantage of the money at your fingertips and start hiring!


Government of Ontario — Apprenticeship Completion

Region: Ontario

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Open Until Filled

This grant doubles as a hiring grant AND training grant! Are you looking to hire and train all with only one grant? This is the pick for you! This grant is open to employers who want to hire an apprentice who has finished their on-the-job/classroom training and received their final certification. Don’t have the money to pay for this expenses upfront? No worries! This grant does not require cash upfront!

Market Expansion

CanExport SMEs

Region: Canada-wide

Amount: $10,000 to $50,000 per project

Deadline: Open Until Filled

This grant covers 50% of project costs for small to medium-sized businesses interested in international development. The program helps with developing export opportunities for products or services into a new, non-Canadian market! Eligible businesses must have $100,000 to $100 million in annual revenue.

COVID-19 Recovery

Work-Sharing — COVID-19 Special Measures

Regions: Canada-wide

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Sept. 25, 2022

This grant helps employers to avoid layoffs when their business is experiencing a temporary decrease in normal business activity that is not within the control of the business/employer. This grant will provide income assistance to employees while they work a reduced schedule allowing the business to financially recover. Because of COVID-19, this grant was expanded from a 38-week agreement to a 76-week agreement, with the possibility of a 26-week subsequent agreement.

Look at that! Now you have grant suggestions for all of your funding needs!

And there’s more! Use the filter option on your Pocketed account to sort your available grants by grant type.

Looking to learn entrepreneurial skills, launch your venture, and grow your network along with the new funding knowledge you just gained? Check out Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre!

Coming from Queen’s Innovation Centre and looking to explore the grant space even more? Create your free Pocketed account today — and use referral code QueensICX upon signing up for special perks!



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