The Manitoba government is announcing some changes to a support program that provides payments to small and medium-sized businesses affected by the lockdown.

The province first announced the Manitoba Bridge Grant on Nov. 10, to provide $5,000 up-front to businesses, not-for-profits and charities directly impacted by the lockdown — and expanded the program on Dec. 8 to support home-based businesses.

The application deadline to apply for the Manitoba Bridge Grant has now been extended to January 31, said premier Brian Pallister on Tuesday morning.

Eligible businesses applying to the Manitoba Bridge Grant for the first time will be entitled to a one-time payment of $10,000.

To date, the program has paid approximately $104 million to 10,740 eligible applicants.

More information about the Manitoba Bridge Grant is available here.

Businesses that require assistance in completing the online form can contact Manitoba Government Inquiry at 204-945-3744 or 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).