"It’s been a hard, long year of COVID-19 and Edmonton’s NextGen and RBC want to support local Edmonton small businesses with a ‘keep the lights on’ donation", says Jenny Albers, Board President with Edmonton’s NextGen.

Voting is now live! 16 Local businesses submitted their ask and it's up to you to decide who will win the $2,500 and $1,000 prizes! Plus - you can choose to enter your name to win a gift basket of goodies from local businesses valued at $100!

See the finalists and vote now!

The benefits to small businesses in Edmonton and Metro Edmonton from March MEAET include:

  • The winning local business will receive a cash donation of $2,500

  • The second place business will receive a cash donation of $1,000

  • Community promotion of your local business, as Edmontonians get to vote on their favourite business

“Small businesses are the fabric of our community, as well as an important engine to our economy. Partnering with NextGen on this initiative is a great way to show our commitment to them,” said Tasha Giroux, RBC Regional Vice President, Business Financial Services.

These funds can be used for retroactive impacts of COVID, upgrades to packaging, retrofitting of business infrastructure, shifting to an online platform and anything that your business needs to survive right now. To apply, submit a short video indicating why you need the funds for your local Edmonton business. Video submissions will be accepted until March 13th, 2021. March MEAET: Contest Rules.

From March 14th to 28th, Edmonton NextGen’ers will be able to vote on the business they want to support and winners of both prizes will be announced on March 29th!

March MEAET is live on Instagram now! For more information, visit https://edmontonnextgen.ca/initiatives/ or https://www.instagram.com/edmnextgen/ and follow the hashtags #MarchMEAET #RBC and #YEGNextGen .

About Edmonton's NextGen

Originally started in 2010 as an Edmonton City Council initiative, Edmonton’s NextGen was created to empower the next generation of leaders and citizens. In 2020, with the gracious support of the City of Edmonton, Edmonton’s NextGen officially became an independent non-profit society in the community. Edmonton’s NextGen continues to create and sustain a network of engaged citizens between the ages of 18 to 40, provide a platform for the sharing of new ideas and give voice to the interests and perspectives of a diverse demographic.