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: Continue reading Intake 2 of the Rural Economic Development Program is Open for Applications
New cost-share funding assistance is now available for Ontario producers through Growing Forward 2 (GF2) to make their operations more energy efficient and adopt enhanced environmental agricultural practices. This support will help Ontario farmers continue to combat climate change by boosting energy efficiency on farming operations.
The four new cost-share GF2 project categories will help support environmental stewardship on farms and were announced by the governments of Ontario and Canada on March 10, 2017.
Producers will now have the opportunity to request funding support to help make changes that will deliver energy efficiency or conservation upgrades. Additionally, there is opportunity to access new funding support for approved measures to improve water quality and soil health on farms. Continue reading Updated Programming for Growing Forward 2
Andrew Hendriks Jr. knows that in his business, he must constantly evolve. It’s the only way to stay competitive in the greenhouse industry.
Continue reading Ontario Greenhouse Business Enhances its Competitive Edge with Growing Forward 2 Funding
One of the biggest challenges an organization faces is receiving external funding, as there are various challenges associated with the process. The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI) and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Regional Economic Development Branch (REDB) partnered to deliver a session entitled “Preparing Effective Funding Proposals” at the recent Economic Developer Council of Ontario 2016 annual conference, which was designed to address these challenges
The goal of the session was to provide participants with an understanding of the proposal writing process, as well as provide an overview of some of the regional and rural funding programs administered by the ministries.
Below are the slides from the session.
If you are in need of help with your funding proposal, contact our Regional Advisors, as they have the skills and expertise needed to properly assist you.
Time is always in short supply when you run a business. It is something Brent Davies always seems to run out of. He is vice president and co-owner of Wellington Brewery, so finding the time to look into funding opportunities just never seems to rise to the top of his priority pile.
“When you are a small company, and trying to do everything, you just don’t have the manpower to investigate funding options,” says Brent. “But after successfully accessing three cost-sharing projects through Growing Forward 2, I would encourage other small business to find the time. It’s a well-run program and worth the effort.” Continue reading Ontario Craft Brewery Ramps Up Production with Growing Forward 2 funding
The Ontario government is providing $6 million over three years to increase sales of local food by making it more widely available and building awareness of the variety of food grown and produced in Ontario.
This funding is not restricted to the Greenbelt, and is available to organizations across Ontario. The funds will be administered by the Greenbelt Fund, through the Regional Food Grant Program. Continue reading New $6M Investment in Local Food
Ontario is providing rural communities, businesses and organizations, with funding to help attract investment, create jobs, and boost tourism, through a renewed Rural Economic Development (RED) program. The renewed program will now have two streams for applications: a Community Development Stream and a Business Development Stream. For projects to qualify under either stream, applicants must demonstrate how their project benefits rural Ontario.
The RED program is now open and will accept applications on the following dates:
- October 2, 2015 to January 15, 2016;
- January 16, 2016 to April 15, 2016;
- April 16, 2016 to July 15, 2016;
- July 16, 2016 to October 15, 2016;
- October 16, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
With support from the Rural Economic Development program, rural Ontario will be better positioned to:
- Attract investment and create high-value jobs as well as train and sustain a highly-skilled, knowledge-based workforce capable of succeeding in today’s global economy
- Promote innovative and creative local industries that can translate ideas into products and services for a global market.
For more information on the renewed RED program, please visit our website.
Growing Forward 2 (GF2) offers cost-share funding assistance, free workshops and training for Ontario producers, processors, organizations and collaborations.
What’s New for GF2?
This year we’ve made it easier for clients to put together a good project application by making the following changes to the program:
- Priorities are easily identified in the program guides
- All projects will be assessed on merit
- Cost-share funding will be capped depending on the project
- Some project categories have prerequisites as a required condition before clients can apply
- Approval of your project is needed before costs can be incurred and paid
New Dates for GF2
GF2 cost-share funding assistance application intakes for producers and processors are:
- August 10 to August 27, 2015
- November 16 to December 3, 2015
For more information visit: www.ontario.ca/growingforward2