The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has announced the availability of Canadian small business grants and loans through the joint federal/provincial program: Growing Forward 2. The Ontario government funding allocated to this program, $417 million over the next 5 years, will be available to the Ontario agriculture industry – Producers, Processors and Organizations and Collaborations. Learn more about recent announcements regarding the joint federal/provincial Growing Forward 2 Program by reading our post, Growing Foward 2 Federal and Ontario Business Grants.
Ontario Business Grants for Organizations & Collaborations Stream Details
For the Organizations and Collaborations stream, Capacity Building government funding for business is available through a cost-sharing arrangement where up to 75% of project costs are supported by the program. The remaining costs must be cash; in-kind contributions are not eligible.
Projects Eligible for Ontario Small Business Grants Coverage
Eligible projects for this stream are:
- Strategic planning
Ontario Business Grants Project Focus
Projects must align with one of the focus areas of the Growing Forward 2 Ontario program. The key focus areas are:
- Environment and Climate Change Adaptation
- Animal and Plant Health
- Market Development
- Labour Productivity Enhancement
- Assurance Systems (Food Safety, Traceability and Animal Welfare)
- Business and Leadership Development
Small Business Grants Ontario Application Process and Submission Deadlines
The application process for this government small business grants program involves two stages.
Phase 1: Pre-Proposal
The first stage is the submission of a Pre-Proposal application for consideration with a turnaround time of 5-10 business days.
Phase 2: Full Application
With acceptance at this stage, a full application is submitted. Depending of the size of the project, the response time for this stage will be 6-8 weeks.
Ontario Government Funding Timeline
Acceptance of project applications under $20,000 is ongoing. Submission of projects over $20,000 is subject to the following deadlines for 2013: September 5th, October 24th and December 12th. More deadline dates for 2014 will be announced before year end. Please refer to the Growing Forward 2 Page for more dates as they are made available.
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