Growing Forward 2 Organizations & Collaborations – Capacity Building – Eligibility
Ontario small business grants and loans for agricultural business are available on a cost-sharing arrangement from the Growing Forward 2 Program offered through the Province of Ontario. This 5-year Ontario government funding for agricultural program offers a total funding amount of over $400 million for Ontario small business grants and loans, funding for non-profits, and Collaborations. (Collaborations involve two or more businesses, non-profits or academic institutions.) These organizations can apply for Ontario government funding to support projects that fit with the focus areas of the Growing Forward 2 Ontario Program.
Growing Forward 2 Ontario Business Grants Focus Areas
The focus areas of the Growing Forward 2 Ontario Program include the following:
- 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
Ontario Government Funding Streams Available
For Organizations and Collaborations funding is available through two streams:
- Capacity Building
- Project Implementation
The Capacity Building stream is recommended as the first project application to be done prior to submitting an application for the Project Implementation stream. Up to 75% of project costs are eligible for reimbursement under this stream. The remaining 25% is expected as a cash contribution from the applicant – in-kind contributions are not eligible for this stream.
Ontario Government Grants Project Eligibility
The following Capacity Building projects eligible for government funding under the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) include:
- Training and Skills development
- Audits or assessment
- Strategic Planning
Government Funding for Business Eligible Expenses
This Ontario government funding program will allow reimbursement for the following expenses:
- Goods, services, supplies and all related shipping or transportation costs
- Contract salaries, benefits and specific per diem fees (not applicable to full-time staff of applicant or collaboration members)
- Rental of facilities
- Administrative costs
- Communication materials including design, printing, translation, etc.
- Travel, meal and hospitality costs within Government of Ontario guidelines
Ontario Government Grants Ineligible Expenses
Ineligible expenses under this stream include:
- Normal Operating Costs
- Normal Costs for establishing a commercial operation
- Minor assets and capital items (including computer equipment)
- Purchase or lease of land
- Direct income support related to direct payments to producers to offset their loss of income due to production fluctuations
- Any cost, including a tax that is eligible for a rebate, credit or refund
- Travel, meal and hospitality expenditures beyond Government of Ontario’s Guidelines
- Financing charges and loan interest payments
- Gifts and incentives
- Costs incurred prior to April 1, 2013
- Expenses incurred for other approved Growing Forward 2 projects
Ontario Grants for Small Business Application Process
The application process for this Ontario government funding has two stages.
- The first stage is a Pre-Proposal that is evaluated and responded to within 5-10 business days.
- The second stage is a full application that is reviewed in waves, according to the following dates in 2013: September 5th, October 24th or December 12th, for projects over $20,000. Projects under $20,000 can be submitted on an on-going basis. Responses for this stage of the application process should be within 6-8 weeks.
Ontario Small Business Grants and Loans –Next Steps
As this Growing Forward 2 small business grants Ontario program is now open for application submission, contact a Canadian government funding expert to get started.
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