The Black Cultural Society of PEI (BCSPEI) is excited to announce the recipients of the Black Business Pandemic Recovery (BBPR) Grants. The BBPR grant program was launched in August of this year to help local Black-owned businesses in responding to operational challenges created by COVID-19. The program will provide micro grants to assist in stabilizing Black-owned businesses in Prince Edward Island where their funding has been reduced, or their operational costs have increased as a result of COVID-19.

The BBPR Grants application review committee selected 13 Island-based, Black-owned businesses that will each receive between $2500 and $5000 in micro grant funds. Recipients range from long-time operators who have lost income or capacity, to newer businesses that have struggled to get fully operational since the start of the pandemic. One of the recipients, Ashley Perry of Summerside-based jewelry brand, Kuko Creations, says that “this money will help revitalize my brand and allow me to expand my skill set so I can create fresh art.” Omar Broderick of Slickphotography (Cornwall) says, “It’s a great feeling to know someone believes in you and your idea. Not only will this grant help my business offer competitive services but it will also help my community.”

BCSPEI extends congratulations to all successful applicants for the Black Business Pandemic Recovery Grants program.

The 13 recipients are: Anuvo Enterprises, Kuko Creations (Summerside), Slickphotography (Cornwall), Out of Africa (Fort Augustus), A+ Auto Salon (Stratford), Beyond the BRIM Consulting, Chez Nyota, Mane Experience, MICC Financial, NASO Soccer Initiative, Signature Locs Salon, Thin Slice Media, and Wheelie Bin Doctors (Charlottetown).

BCSPEI is grateful for the support for this program which comes from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation fund.