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.

AgriInnovation Program


35% up to $10 million

Not required but helps

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

AgriMarketing Program




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. Supportscontractor and internal labour costs for R&D designed to resolve internal technical challenges.

CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership)



Equipment, renovations

No stand- alone new construction


Replacement program for GF2. Three intakes annually.

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

CanExport Program

funding up to $99,999



Assists companies with exporting activities related to markets not sold to in the last 24 months. Must have revenues of at least $250,000. Eligible activities include:

 •  Trade shows, conferences, and related marketing and travel

 •  Third party market research and competitive analysis

 •  Product certifications & translation of marketing and packaging

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

Canada-Ontario Job Grant


66% funding to a max of $10,000 per person to upgrade skills of employed workers. 100% funding for unemployed workers about to be hired. Quick application turnaround.

Dairy Processing Investment Fund

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.

Export Market Access / Early Stage Exporters

50% up to $30,000



Applicant must be incorporated for at least two years, have at least five employees, and be generating annual sales of $500,000 or more. Needs a detailed export business plan.

Food and Beverage 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 seek to:

 •  enhance productivity and/or

 •  increase innovation and/or

 •  create greater market access.

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


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. Currently closed.

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.

Greenbelt Fund

Up to 50%



Focuses on collaborative projects to promote and access local foods. Three streams of activity:

 •  Broader Public Sector Grant Stream

 •  Market Access Grant Stream

 •  Local Food Literacy Grant Stream

Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative


Equipment, renovations

No new construction


Targets commercial greenhouses that grow or propagate vegetables, fruit, culinary herbs, or floriculture with at least 20,000 sf of production area. Projects must access new markets and/or improve competitiveness and/or

expand or enhance existing markets. Funding is calculated at $0.14/sf of eligible production area.

GreenOn Agriculture Innovation


Supports innovative technologies …

GreenOn Agriculture Retrofit

35% to a max of $500,000

Equipment, renovations

No new construction


Funding for greenhouses, livestock barns, and grain drying systems to improve heating and/or cooling efficiencies and reduce GHG emissions. Does not support conversion to alternative fuel sources or new construction.

Interactive Digital Media Fund



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.

Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (FedDev)


Up to 25% of eligible costs

Not required but helps application

Equipment, renovations

No new construction


Available to SMEs with at least 15 employees, profitable operations, and the potential to become a strong global player. Supports business expansion, technology upgrades, facilities expansion, and marketing. Various intake dates. Loan, not a grant.

Investing in Business Innovation (FedDev)


50% up to $1 million


IBI is available to help:

 •  Not-for-profit organizations that support new entrepreneurs;

 •  Innovative, early-stage businesses with less than 50 employees to help leverage angel and capital investments; and

 •  Southern Ontario angel investor networks.

IRAP (Industrial Research Assistance Program)



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. Next intake isJuly 30-September 28, 2018.

Small Community Pilot (component of SWODF)



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.