Grant Opportunities

This a sampling of the government grant opportunities available. There are many additional programs for charities and not-for-profit (NFP) organizations. Contact us to see what else might meet your particular company/organization needs.

Program Name Offers Grant % Offers Loan Job Creation Required Supports Capital Costs Export Development Required Technology/ Product Innovation Comments

AgriAssurance Program

75% up to $1 million annually

     

 

Assists for-profit organizations to obtain third-party certification to realize an export opportunity.

AgriInnovate Program

 

35% up to $10 million

Not required but helps

Supports development & commercialization of new products and technologies. Loan, not a grant.

AgriMarketing Program

 

50%
     

 

Supports export market development. Only small capital items. 50% funding up to $50,000 annually.

AgriScience Program - Projects

Max 70% for NFP, 50% for for-profit
       

For shorter-term science projects to help overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging industrial sectors. Open to not-for-profit organizations and for-profit businesses in the agri-food/agri-based products sector. Project must be pre-commercialization.

ARP (Accelerated Review Process)

       

For small projects - maximum budget $50,000. Supports contractor and internal labour costs for R&D designed to resolve internal technical challenges.

CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership)

25-50%

   

Equipment, renovations

No stand- alone new construction

sometimes

Six Areas of Focus

 1.  Science, research, and innovation

 2.  Markets and trade

 3.  Environmental sustainability & climate change

 4.  Value-added agriculture and agri-food processing

 5.  Public trust (traceability, etc)

 6.  Risk Management

Intake dates:

Aug. 15 - Sept. 27, 2019

Jan. 6 - 27, 2020                    

Sept. 8 - 29, 2020

Jan. 4 - 25, 2021

Sept. 7 - 28, 2021

CanExport Program
(effective 22 Aug. 2019)

75%
funding up to $75,000

     

 

Assists companies with exporting activities related to markets not sold to in the last 24 months. Must have revenues of at least $100,000. Eligible activities include:

 •  Trade shows, conferences, and related marketing and travel

 •  Third party market research and competitive analysis

 •  Adaptation of Marketing Tools
 • Legal fees to enter new market

Agriculture, food & beverage, fish & seafood, and wine, beer & spirit sectors are now eligible to apply.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

         

Max of $10,000 per employee to upgrade skills. 100% funding for unemployed workers about to be hired. Quick application turnaround.

Climate Action Initiative Fund

50%

 

 

 

 

Supports small and medium-sized businesses to undertake retrofit projects building, transportation, waste, agriculture, etc. Minimum project size is $80,000.

Dairy Processing Investment Fund

50%
funding to a max of $10 million

   

 

Supports technology development or adoption to use surplus skim milk or to improve a facility’s capacity to use milk/components by 1.6% above market forecast growth.

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

15% up to $10 million

 

Minimum 10 new jobs

Equipment, minor renovations

   

For projects valued at $500,000 or more. Must have minimum of 10 FTE employees to apply. Nice people to work with.

Eastern Ontario Development Program

50% up to $100,000

   

Equipment renovations

   

Supports business development and Community Innovation projects. Will also support hiring interns for special projects. Details vary according to each Community Development Corporation.

Enabling Accessibility

50-75% up to $100,000





 •  Not-for-profit organizations
 •  For profit organizations
 •  Municipalities
 •  Indigenous organizations
Small projects stream provides grants up to $100,000.  Mid-sized stream provides contributions up to $3 million

Forestry Growth Fund

Up to 20%

Up to 40%

Minimum $5 million project. Grant up to 20%, loan up to 40%, or a combination of grants and loans up to 40% of eligible project costs. Projects must:

 •  improve productivity and innovation

 •  enhance competitiveness

 •  support new market access

 •  strengthen supply chains and regional economies


For manufacturers and processors of wood and forest biomass (e.g. pulp & paper mills, saw mills, secondary wood manufacturers, and bio-economy projects. Harvesting and resource extraction projects are ineligible.

Global AIME Yves Landry Foundation

35-50%
       

Up to $50,000 to offset training costs related to innovation. Must be in business at least 3 years with minimum 10 f/t employees.
S. Ontario only.

Going Global Innovation

75% up to $75,000
       

Supports travel & accommodation costs for SMEs seeking to sell/commercialize technology abroad. *Must allow 8 weeks lead time.

Interactive Digital Media Fund

Varies

       

Range of programs to help develop innovative projects like video games, mobile apps and online magazines.

 •  Production and Concept Definition

 •  Global Market Development 

 •  Marketing Support

 •  Industry Development Program

 •  Research Grants

Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

Up to 40%
       

Refundable tax credit up to 40% of eligible Ontario expenditures for interactive digital media products created in Ontario.

Youth Employment/

Summer Students

50% up to $30,000

 

     

Candidate must be 15-30 years of age, a post-secondary graduate of a Canadian institution, and have permanent Canadian resident/ citizen/refugee status. No relatives.

IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)

35%75%

 

Not required but helps application

   

Applicant cannot have more than 500 employees. Will support internal labour and contractor costs to develop innovative products/processes.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

   

   

Seed, Grow and Capital funding streams. Grant amounts and intake dates vary. Open only to NFPs/charities. Organization must register before applying.

Rural Economic Development

Up to $100,000

 

     

Supports planning & implementation projects to remove barriers to economic development. For NFPs and municipalities only. Currently Closed.

Small Community Pilot (component of SWODF)

8-15%

 

50% of existing employees

Equipment, renovations

   

For business expansion projects valued at $200,000 or more, but located in a rural community with fewer than 20,000 people. Must have 5-10 full-time employees to qualify.

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

15% up to $10 million

 

Minimum 10 new jobs

Equipment, minor renovations

   

For projects valued at $500,000 or more. Includes Niagara but not GTA, Toronto or Central Ontario. Must have minimum of 10 FTE employees to apply. Nice people to work with.

SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development)

20%- 35%

     

Offers a tax rebate or credit for technological advancement& development. Requires a written description of the technological advancement plus time sheets. 

Strategic Innovation Fund

Max $10 million annually

Max $10 million annually

 

Targeted at industrial and technology sectors. The program has four areas:

 1.  R&D and commercialization

 2.  Firm expansion and growth

 3.  Investment attraction/reinvestment

 4.  Collaborative technology development & demonstration.

Terms, percentage of support, and amount of support determined individually for each project.