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Provincial Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding Opportunities


Funding Opportunities

Federal Funding Programs

In this section you will fund funding opportunities from the Provincial and Federal governments that you can consider for various initiatives in your community.

Agency Program Whose Eligible Description Funds Available Website
Rural Secretariat Community Development Program
  • NGO?s
  • Educational Institutions
  • Co-op?s
  • Local and Provincial Government
This program aims to develop collaborative activities that enhance developmental capacity in rural communities and regions. It funds three types of rural community projects:
  1. Partnerships - The development of new regional partnerships
  2. Knowledge Building - Increasing awareness, availability and accessibility of information, expertise, tools and processes
  3. Workshops – Engaging and mobilizing community and regional stakeholders together on CED initiatives
Partnerships – Grants up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $75,000 per project

Knowledge Building - Grants up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $200,000 per project

Workshops - Grants up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 per project

*Funding increases for projects North of 50

Co-operative Secretariat Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI)
  • Existing Co-ops
  • Educational Institutions
  • Municipalities
  • NGOs
  • Individuals
The Co-operative Development Initiative is designed to enhance the contributions of co-operatives to meeting the economic and social needs of Canadians. There are three interrelated components to the CDI program:
  1. Advisory Services through a network of co-operative development expertise to provide technical and professional services needed to launch or strengthen a co- operative
  2. Innovative Co-operative Projects will fund innovative projects that address public policy priority challenges and that will generate best practices and lessons learned.
  3. Research and Knowledge Development will undertake and encourage policy research and applied research that will advance co-operative development and growth
Funding ranges between $5,000 and $75,000 per-project per-year Link
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Municipalities and private- sector companies that partner in municipal projects The GMF provides grants and low interest loans to municipal led efforts that support the following areas:
  • Brownfield remediation,
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Energy conservation and sustainability
  • Waste diversion
  • Wastewater quality and efficiency.

Funding is available through the GMF towards conducting studies, community plans and capital projects that support initiatives within the five categories above.

Feasibility Studies – Grants up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $350,000

Community Plans – Grants up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $350,000

Capital Projects – Financing up to 80% of costs to a maximum of 4 million in loans combined with $400,000 in grants

Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP)
  • Small & Medium Businesses
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal Organizations
Announced in Canada?s Economic Action Plan, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) was established to deliver federal economic development programs to support the priorities of workers, businesses and communities in Southern Ontario. Budget 2009 allocated $1 billion over five years for the new Agency.

The Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP), will be a multi-year funding program to support productivity, innovation, commercialization, community economic development and diversification in Southern Ontario.

The program will support a variety of CED projects that:

  • expand capacity;
  • improve technology or equipment;
  • improve the productivity and competitiveness of a business;
  • provide access to new markets;
  • innovate products or services;
  • promote the commercialization of innovations; and
  • improve community-owned tourism facilities (e.g.,
    conference centres, exhibition halls).
Financial assistance awarded under this program is provided in the form of contributions, which must have a leveraging effect and a direct economic impact on the region and must comply with the provisions of the Treasury Board?s Policy on Transfer Payments.

The contribution may be repayable, depending on the nature of the project and the requested financial assistance. Generally, contributions to commercial enterprises are repayable.

Industry Canada Economic Development Initiative (EDI) Francophone or bilingual organizations that provide programs or services in French to the Francophone community The Economic Development Initiative seeks to address the specific economic challenges and facilitate sustainable growth in Official Language Minority Communities (OLMC). Eligible activities include:
  • Strategic and community planning
  • Feasibility studies
  • Integrating Francophone immigrants into the business and
    economic development community
  • Promoting Francophone youth internships and entrepreneur
Can provide up to $100,000 (normally to a maximum of 50% of eligible costs) Link
Industry Canada Canada Small Business Financing Program (CSBF)
  • Small Businesses (< $5 million in revenue)
The program?s main objectives are:
  • To help new businesses get started and established firms
    make improvements and expand
  • To improve access to loans that would not otherwise be
    available to small businesses
  • To stimulate economic growth and create jobs for
Up to a maximum of $500,000 for any one business, of which no more than $350,000 can be used for purchasing leasehold improvements or improving leased property and purchasing or improving new or used equipment. Link
Canada Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH)
  • Community Organizations (e.g. BIA?s)
  • Aboriginal Organizations
To engage citizens in their communities through festivals, events, and activities that promote the performing and visual arts, as well as through the expression, celebration, and preservation of local historical heritage. Funding is disbursed either as a grant or as a contribution, depending on the dollar amount approved. Grants are only available for up to $50,000, while contributions generally apply to amounts of $50,000 or more. Link
Service Canada Labour Market Partnership Program
  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Aboriginal organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Public Health institutions
  • Municipalities
  • Crown Corporations
Administered through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) Program funds projects that encourage and support employers, employee/ employer associations and communities in developing and implementing strategies for dealing with labour force adjustments and meeting human resource requirements.

There is a wide range of projects related to research, planning, promotion and coordination through the LMP; however, they must:

  • Support activities which address a labour market need
  • Involve a partnership
  • Be finite (i.e. project-specific)
There is no pre-set funding amount and applications requesting over $100,000 are reviewed through a RFP process. Link
Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada Advanced Payments Program
  • Businesses
The Advance Payments Program (APP) is a financial loan guarantee program that gives producers easier access to credit through cash advances. Coverage includes livestock and a variety of crops. The limit on cash advances is $400,000 with the first $100,000 interest free Link
Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri- Food Program (ACAAF)
  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Not for Profits
  • Educational Institutions
  • Aboriginal Organizations
The Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program is a five-year, $240 million program aimed at positioning Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector at the leading edge to seize new opportunities.

Projects are delivered using an innovative industry-led approach at both the national and regional levels.

Maximum funding amount is not established Link
Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada Agriculture Flexibility Fund
  • Businesse
  • Individuals
  • Not for Profits
Its objective is to facilitate the implementation of new initiatives, both federally and in partnership with provinces, territories and industry that will improve the sector's competitiveness and will help the sector adapt to pressures through non-business risk- management measures that will reduce costs of production, improve environmental sustainability, promote innovation and respond to market challenges. Funding provided to for-profit organizations will normally be in the form of repayable contributions. Funding provided to not-for-profit organizations will be non-repayable Link
Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada Canadian Agricultural Adaption Program (CAAP)
  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Not for Profits
  • Cooperatives
  • Community Organizations
  • Aboriginal Groups
The Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is a five- year (2009-2014), $163 million program with the objective of facilitating the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector?s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive.
  • Seizing opportunities is meant to take advantage of a situation or circumstance to develop a new idea, product, niche, or market opportunity to the benefit of the sector.
  • Responding to new and emerging issues is meant to address issues that were not of concern previously, or were not known about at all. Issues vary considerably throughout Canada because of soil conditions, climate and the level of development of the sector.
  • Pathfinding and piloting solutions to new and ongoing issues is meant to test ways of dealing with new issues, or find new ways to deal with existing issues.
The funding level is determined on a case-by-case basis Link
Natural Resources Canada ecoENERGY
  • Individuals
  • Businesses
  • Municipalities
  • Community Organizations
ecoENERGY program provides financial support to homeowners, small and medium-sized businesses, public institutions and industrial facilities to help them implement energy saving projects that reduce energy-related greenhouse gases and air pollution, thereby contributing to a cleaner environment for all Canadians.

The program has two components:

  • purchasing solar heating systems in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors
  • Financial Incentives for homes, buildings and industrial processes
Up to $10 per gigajoule of estimated energy savings, 25 percent of eligible project costs or $50,000 per project Link



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