June 2 Update: The Program is now closed to new applications. The window was open from April 15 to June 1, 2021.
Applicants will receive results by late July 2021. We will reach out to you if we have any questions on your proposal.
To be eligible for the program and apply for funding, you must be either of the two options below:
1. An Individual Business
A B.C. small or medium-sized manufacturing business that:
2. A Group in Collaboration
A group of two or more small or medium-sized manufacturing businesses working together on a project, where all parties:
AND at least one project partner in the group:
Eligible projects are expected to result in short to medium term economic benefits for British Columbia.
Grant funding awarded is to be applied to costs incurred by the business toward the completion of the project between the project approval and completion date.
Any travel, meal, or per diem expenses must be in accordance with the B.C. government rates for group 2 as set out in this document.
An eligible project can include any of the following activities:
1. Prototype, pilot or demonstration of new technology
2. Commercialization of new technology and/or product
3. Market access/marketing
4. Manufacturing diagnostic
Projects must be implemented and completed no later than January 31, 2022 and must be implemented in accordance with the terms and conditions of the grant approval letter provided to the successful applicant or lead entity.
Example 1: Prototype, pilot or demonstration of new technology
An aerospace manufacturer has conducted research and development on a new lightweight carbon fibre composite wing for aircraft for the past few years. The manufacturer has completed the research phase and wants to pilot to improve technological readiness. The manufacturer applies to the Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant to support prototype deployment of the product in an operational setting.
Example 2: Commercialization of new technology and/or product
A clothing manufacturer has created an innovative reusable and sustainable respirator that is easy to sterilize but is also biodegradable. The manufacturer wants to apply to patent this technology prior to commercialization. The manufacturer has applied to the Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant to support the costs of patenting the product.
Example 3: Market access and marketing
A food processing business that produces a new innovative plant-based meat product has completed a marketing plan and wants to implement the activities to help access or expand new or existing export markets internationally. The business has applied for funding under the program to support brand development such as focus groups or consumer studies, in-store product demonstration, sales and marketing activities, and translation services.
Example 4: Manufacturing Diagnostic
A well-established wood pellet manufacturer is looking to make process and operational improvements so their business can increase production capacity and become more profitable. However, they are unsure what investments will lead to the best improvements. The manufacturer can apply under the Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant to conduct a diagnostic assessment to identify areas of manufacturing modernization, such as the operational benefits and risks of a specific technology adoption to improve efficiency.
The Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up Grant Program is part of StrongerBC, B.C.’s economic recovery plan. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP administers this program. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.
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