Grant Programs for BC Businesses

Contrary to popular belief, grants for business start-ups are few and far between. Aside from there being a limited pool of accessible money, the application process and reporting requirements can be a serious drain of your time. In most cases, the procedure required to obtain a grant is simply not a practical use of the new business owner's time.

Women’s Enterprise Centre does not have a grant program, but we do offer small business loans.
We are not associated with the Small Business Finance Centre or The Centre.

When looking into small business grants, remember: You should never have to pay for grant information!

For more information on grants and eligibility, listen to our recent Mentor Advisory Forum: Get Money to Fund Your Business: Exploring Loans and Grants.

Funding Sources for BC Businesses

There are funding sources (including grants) for specific purposes, for which you may be eligible. The websites below contain more information on some funding sources available. 


Business and the Arts:

Environmental Initiatives:

Export Support:

Research and Technology:


Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

Wage Subsidies


If you have further questions about your small business financing options, call us at 1.800.643.7014 or request more information online and our Client Services Coordinator will be in touch.