Intake 2 of the Rural Economic Development Program is Open for Applications

The Rural Economic Development (RED) program helps rural communities remove barriers to community economic development, through support for planning and implementation projects that benefit rural Ontario.

The program is now open and will accept applications until September 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern).

As part of continuous improvement, several minor changes have been made to the RED program guidelines and application since the closure of the first intake:

  • Additional details have been added to the guidelines to clarify eligible and ineligible project types, eligible and ineligible project costs, and submission requirements.
  • New direction has been added to the application to assist with identifying required sections, while new functionality has been added to assist with the validation of cost entries and word counts.

Applicants are required to read the RED guidelines before completing an application form, and are encouraged to download a new application from the RED program website.

OMAFRA’s Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisors can answers your program questions, as well as help you work through the process of designing your project and completing your application. For more information on the program including guidelines, applications, and approved projects, please visit


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