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Great West Newspapers has established a $1 Million Marketing Fund to assist locally owned businesses with marketing during these challenging times. As a locally operated business we are committed to supporting our local partners and helping them reach customers and relaunch their businesses.

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Great West Newspapers launches $1 million marketing fund

Beginning today, businesses can apply for grants from the $1 million Community Marketing Fund. Grants matching the advertisers’ dollars one-for-one are now available to help businesses return to their full strength.

“Thriving business sectors are vital to the overall health of our communities. Our newspapers have a long history in the communities we serve, and we’re dedicated to helping our business partners return to economic prosperity,” said Duff Jamison, CEO of Great West Newspapers.

Grants are available for a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $10,000 of matching funds each month. The matching dollar grants will be available in May, June, July and August and the grant must be used within the month.

All locally owned and operated businesses impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to apply, whether they are an existing advertising client, or not.

“It is fundamentally important for each community that the local business owner/operators have every opportunity to emerge out of this COVID crisis in a position to succeed, and we are confident that these marketing grants will assist these businesses in promoting their products and services,” said Jamison.

Applications must be submitted via our online form at the bottom of this page. Those who apply will receive a response to their application within three business days. The grant money can be used for print and online advertising between May 14, 2020 and August 30, 2020. The deadline to apply is May 31st.

Great West Newspapers is a group of Alberta community newspapers headquartered in St. Albert.


  • We will provide up to $1,000,000 of matching advertising dollars over the duration of the program. Grant funds can be used toward print or digital advertising* with Rocky Mountain Outlook and
  • Open to locally owned and operated businesses impacted by coronavirus. Applications must be submitted via our online form below.
  • Grants are available for a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $10,000 of matching funds each month.
  • Grants will be awarded in May, June, July and August. The matching grant must be used within the month.
  • When you complete the application below, a representative from the Rocky Mountain Outlook will contact you within 2-3 business days to let you know if you qualify. If you have questions, feel free to email us at
  • * Grants awarded for incremental spending only. Current 2020 Rate Cards in effect. Specified GWN Digital marketing products only. Cannot be applied to press products or inserts. Regular payment terms apply. Not to be used on account. Available while funds last.
  • This is not a buy-one-get-one program. It is not a ½ price sale. It is not a double-your-space-sale. Advertiser must increase spending over historical averages to qualify.

Great West Newspapers is a family controlled, Alberta media and marketing company. We are committed to serving the communities in which we live, preserving our best traditions and also embracing modern innovations. We have offices across Alberta and understand that getting through this pandemic will be a community-wide effort. This grant program is one of our efforts to do our part.

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