Receive up to $100,000 in Government Funding.

With the thriveFORWARD program, the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (NCFDC) provides funding support for SME manufacturing firms in southern Ontario looking to adopt or commercialize innovative technologies. Businesses can benefit from this program by building resiliency, future-proofing their organizations, and preparing for long-term growth. The goal is to create jobs throughout southern Ontario by promoting a green economy, fostering an inclusive recovery, and enhancing competitiveness.

Attention: This program is currently closed. You can speak with a member of our team about future intake periods or similar funding programs you may be eligible for, get email updates through our weekly newsletter, or look through our list of available funding programs in our directory page.

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Amount of Funding

To support commercialization or adoption of innovative technologies, SMEs eligible for the program could receive up to 50% to a maximum of $100,000 (program leverage must be at least 1:1).

Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government


Eligible Applicants

An applicant may be eligible for thriveFORWARD funding if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • A registered industrial for-profit incorporated business, partnership or cooperative;
  • Located in southern Ontario;
  • Having fewer than 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees; and
  • Having $100,000 to $100 million in annual revenue declared in Canada during its last complete tax reporting year (or during the last 12 months for monthly and quarterly filers).
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Eligible Activities

Applicants must be participating in activities that:

  • Create and retain jobs in Southern Ontario;
  • Future-proof the organization, build resilience, and stimulate business growth by:
    • Supporting scale-up and market expansion activities; and
    • Developing emerging areas of global competitive advantage.
  • Improve critical sectors, such as those within or impacting food production, medical supplies, or bio-manufacturing;
  • Support NCFDC priority client pathways of diversity, equity, and inclusion, which include:
    • Businesses owned or majority-led by underrepresented groups, or growth in employment of these groups; and/or
    • Increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in the economy by supporting not-for-profit organizations that provide funding, business services, training, etc. for a more equitable workforce.
  • Invest in going green or the adoption of digital technology, with prioritization of:
    • Cleantech; or
    • Digital adoption (such as cybersecurity readiness, productivity enhancement, operational resilience).
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Program Deadline

Applications are currently closed for this program. Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter to be notified of any changes to this program.

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