Helping expand the capacity of BIAs within the City of Toronto, by supporting emerging BIA leaders, funding unique pilot projects, and encouraging innovation in Toronto's BIA model. The BIA Innovation Fund and the BIA Leadership fund are the two operational programs currently supporting BIAs under the Kickstart platform. Scroll down or click through to learn more about these unique initiatives.
BIA Innovation Fund
The BIA Innovation Fund provides grants to BIAs to test innovative and creative solutions to local challenges. Successful projects will be profiled as case studies and shared through our BIA network.
Potential projects could include pop-up shop programs, creative retail recruitment strategies, asset monitoring systems, or other unique initiatives that push the limits of the work traditionally done by BIAs.
BIA Leadership Fund
The BIA Leadership Fund provides emerging leaders in Toronto's BIA movement with full tuition to Ryerson University's Local Economic Development (LED) Certificate Program as well as support through mentoring and networking opportunities.