I hope the holiday season went well for you and you had enough time to recharge your batteries. I wanted to start this week slowly but due to some application submission deadlines I decided to inform you about them as soon as possible.
Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and Eastern Ontario Development Fund are open for applications until January 20th. Both programs provide the funding for the companies expanding or establishing their divisions outside Greater Toronto Area.
Canadian Agricultural Partnership will open the next intake for farmers only later today and close it on January 29th. Visit the official CAP guideline portal to find the program that is right for you.
At the same time Place to Grow Program is open for both farmers and food & beverage manufacturers until January 27th. This is a relatively new program that requires a collaboration of minimum two independent businesses in one of the following areas:
- Food Safety and Traceability
- Animal Health
- Plant Health
- Soil Health and Water Quality
- Market Development
- Solutions Addressing Labour Supply and Training Challenges
Can’t attend the event? Don’t wait and check eligibility of your company and your project for the government funding now by submitting eligibility check form.
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It is almost a year-end and I am certain that you are in the middle of the planning of the next successful year for your business. Do you know what government funding programs can help you achieve your ambitious goals or resolve its most painful issues?
Fill out a 2020 Business Goals form and we will get back to you with a list of the government funding programs that are applicable to your projects.
Use this traditionally slow time of the year wisely and ensure your business success going forward!
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We are always glad to share some great news and funding opportunities with you. This week we would like to inform you about the extension of Yves Landry Foundation Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global initiative.
The AIME program has been established by The Yves Landry Foundation with an intention to offer manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $100,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a competitive advantage.
This week Yves Landry Foundation received an $11 million investment to extend its Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) Global initiative into 2021, with a focus on support for companies that are adopting clean technologies and those providing training opportunities for Indigenous peoples, women and youth. Some of the examples of eligible training opportunities include but are not limited to:
- ERP training
- Lean manufacturing training
- Software training
- Advanced equipment skills training
Knowing how popular those areas of training are among our clients, we recommend you to check your eligibility and start application process today.
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In these past few weeks of the summer I wanted to share with you the wisdom of navigating the Canadian funding landscape captured in my book Get Funded! There is still enough time to do the funding homework before the kids return to school and the fall’s busy weeks start.
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- How to navigate the variety of the funding options in Canada – government, bank and private funding, and how not to get lost
- How to determine your funding needs and select the right funding options
- Tips from the funders and writers on how to increase the chances of getting the funding
- Examples of the best answers to the questions in the application forms
- Little-known details about term loans, lines of credits, mortgages, government grants, tax credits, customs duty drawback, angel & venture capital funding, leasing, asset-based lending, factoring and much more.
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Month of August is quickly approaching and I would like to give you heads up on the great program in the Agri-Food sector, that will begin accepting applications starting August 15.
Place to Grow: Agri-Food Innovation Initiative provides cost-share funding opportunities to agriculture and food-value chain partners, which encourages greater collaboration to identify opportunities and address challenges in the sector.
The Place to Grow program will allow organizations to apply for projects in key priority areas, including:
- Labour supply and training challenges (new category).
- Economic development in the agri-food and agri-products sectors.
- Environmental stewardship to enhance water quality and soil health.
- Protection and assurance to reinforce the foundation for public trust in the sector through improved assurance systems in food safety and plant and animal health.
The new programming will encourage interest from outside the agri-food sector to participate on broad-impact projects that will benefit from different kinds of expertise. It’s expected such projects will see new partners engaged to further drive innovation in areas such as advanced manufacturing and the greater use of data available to the sector.
All program details including the program guide and application forms will be available online in August 2019.
Eligible applicants can apply for cost-share funding from August 15 to September 27, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Check eligibility of your company and your project for the government funding by submitting eligibility check form.
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Recently, I had a pleasure of contributing to the newest Plant magazine issue and sharing my thoughts on government grants for manufacturing sector. I would like to share this interview with you, in hopes that it will enable you to understand the whole government funding concept better and give you practical tools on how to start the grant application for your business.
It’s quite the task to stay up to speed on all the government grants a manufacturer can access. “The funding is always changing. Only a handful of programs are over five years old,” says Igor Chigrin, author of a book on the subject (Get Funded) and a government-funding expert at Fair Grant Writing in the Greater Toronto Area. “Funding is often limited by changes in government budgets and the government is not that good at communicating changes, but it’s absolutely worthwhile,” Chigrin says. “Government funding can give manufacturers the cash they need, and often it’s not repayable.”There are six main categories targeted for government funding:
- Equipment purchasing
- Skills training
- Export marketing
- Research & Development
He suggests identifying the programs you qualify for and make note of the deadlines, the eligibility requirements and the availability of the grants, details that unsuccessful applicants overlook. It’s mandatory to call the programs to ensure funding is available. “It’s always a good idea to establish a relationship with a funding agency early on.” It could take two to six weeks or six to eight months for approval, depending on the requirements. “Before you actually get your money you have to submit claims and demonstrate two things: you have expenses, and you have accomplishments. The main benefit to the manufacturer is productivity improvement. Chances are you will get more funding if this is the case.” Chigrin offers this advice to manufacturers looking to invest access grants and contributions: “If this is the road they want to take, it requires patience.”
Finding adequate funding to invest in your business can be challenging, but there are sources to tap and resources available that point to the best way forward.