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New federal grants available for language businesses

By Michelle Collins |

OTTAWA - Small businesses operating a translation or other language service business could be eligible for a government grant of up to $10,000 under the new Language Industry Program.

The program, which is offered through Industry Canada, will help companies market their promote their businesses both at home and abroad. A total of $2 million in funding will be made available over the next five years.

Eligible applicants must submit an RFP by December 31, 2003 to be considered for the first round. Three additional funding rounds will be offered next year.

To qualify you must:

  • operate a sole proprietorship, partnership, or incorporated company
  • be based in Canada
  • provide language services such as writing, or translation

Eligible costs include:

  • transportation, accommodation, and registration costs to attend trade shows
  • renting space at a business event and organizing meetings with potential customers
  • administration costs such as photocopying
  • writing, printing, and translating promotional products if resources are not available within the business.

More details are available on the Strategis website at

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