is a grant?
A grant is a sum of money given to you or your business which does
not have to be repaid. Most grants are conditional, meaning that the
funds need to be used for the purpose that they were given. Many
times this purpose is broadly defined. Grants can be used to
purchase equipment, real estate, to advertise or to conduct a
marketing/feasibility study as well as many other purposes.
What is a government loan and how does it differ from a
A government loan must be repaid just like any other loan. These
loans are often given to individuals and businesses that would not
qualify for a loan through a conventional financial institution.
Government loans often have very low interest rates, or a period of
time during which no interest is calculated. These loans often offer
repayment terms over a long period of time. The government sometimes
provides loans directly, and sometimes provides a loan guarantee to
a conventional financial institution. Both types of loans can offer
the same beneficial terms.
What is a tax refund or tax credit?
Tax refunds and tax credits provide funding for your businesses
start-up and expansion by deducting certain expenses from your tax bill. Your business may apply for tax refunds for funds already
spent, or receive tax credits on future projects. These tax breaks
can increase your businesses cash flow allowing faster development
then would otherwise be possible.
What is insurance against business risk?
The government can provide insurance for your company to cover risk
associated with a specific goal or project. The premiums are usually
low or negligible. If your company is unable to pay a loan that was
linked to this insurance, your payments will be covered. This
guarantee may allow you to borrow money that you otherwise would not
What is a guaranteed government purchase of your product or
The government can guarantee to purchase your companies products or
services. These types of programs create a certain fixed demand for
your company’s products or services. These programs allow your
company to focus on growth and efficiency, rather than marketing.
What are government information and services programs?
The government provides various programs, consulting and information
services for small businesses at little or no cost. There is a large
range of services available to new and existing businesses.
What is a conditionally repayable contribution?
A conditionally repayable contribution is an investment by the
government in a business project, which do not have to be repaid if
the project fails. These programs allow you to try new programs with
much less personal risk. Essentially the government functions
similarly to a venture capitalist.
What is equity financing?
Equity financing is a government investment in your business. The
government will offer more flexible terms than private investors, or
banks, as they have more time to realize their returns.