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

Advanced Manufacturing Fund


Up to 50%



No longer accepting applications.

AgriInnovation Program


35% up to $10 million

Not required but helps application

Supports development & commercialization of new products and technologies. 

Interest-free for 10 years.

AgriMarketing Program






Supports export market development. Only small capital items. 50% funding up to $50,000 annually. Program closing 31 March 2018. (Could be renewed.) Limited funding left for this fiscal.

ARP (Accelerated Review Process)



For small projects - maximum budget $50,000.  Supports contractor and internal labour costs for R&D projects designed to resolve internal technical challenges. 

Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Program




Closed. Replaced by Strategic Innovation Fund.

Canada-Ontario Jobs Fund / Canada Jobs Grant

up to 66%



Supports training to employ people, enable job creation, improve job quality, and/or support job advancement. Up to $10,000 per worker.

CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership)



Replacement program for GF2. Will open for applications 1 April 2018.

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

50% funding 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

50% 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. Currently closed; will re-open spring 2018.

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

15% up to $10 million


Mimimum 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 MarketAccess / 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.  Very detail heavy.

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 economiesFor 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 Initiative

75% up to $75,000






Supports travel & accommodation costs for SMEs seeking to sell/commercialize technology abroad.

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

Currently closed for applications. Will re-open in 2018.

Growing Forward 2







Closed. Program being replaced by CAP (Canadian Agricultural Program) – see elsewhere in chart.

Health Technologies Fund (HTF) Research

50% up to $500,000






·  Piloting health technologies in an Ontario health-care setting
·  Demonstrating a proven technology in a health care setting for the first time
·  Implementing a validated technology across multiple health care settings.

Interactive Digital Media Fund







Range of programs to help develop innovative projects like video games, mobile apps and online magazines.
 ·  Production and Concept DefinitionGlobal Market Development
 ·  Marketing Support
 ·  Industry Development ProgramResearch Grants

Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC)

Up to 40%






Refundable tax credit up to 40% of eligible Ontario expenditures for interactive digital media products created in Ontario.

Internships/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 (IBGP)


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.

Investing in Business Innovation


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)

35%- 75%


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 35%






Supports projects to remove barriers to economic development. For NFPs and municipalities only. Last intake closes 29 September 2017.

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 minimum of 5-10 FTE employees.

SMART ProgramAdvanced Technologies for Global Growth

35% up to $100,000






Program currently closed.

SMART Green Energy Efficiency Program

50% up to $200,000



Equipment, minor renovations



* Need at least 10 full-time employees to apply. Supports investments in process/production equipment to reduce or avoid GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency, and/or improve productivity. Must be able to prove improvements on a per-production-unit basis. Can request $10,000 for a technical assessment before requesting project funding. For manufacturers only.

SMART Operational Assessments Program

50% up to $15,000






To help Northern Ontario companies identify improvement opportunities for products and processes, quality, lean manufacturing, information systems, human resources, management systems, and market analysis.

Ends 31 December 2017.

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%- 40%






Offers a tax rebate or credit (not a grant) for work involving technological advancement. Requires a written description of the technological advancement plus time sheets.

Strategic Innovation Fund







Targeted at industrial and technology sectors. The program has four areas:
 1.  R&D and commercialization
 2.  Firm expansion and growth
 3.  Investment attraction and reinvestment
 4.  Collaborative technology development & demonstration.

Offers both loans and grants. Terms, percentage of support, and amount of support determined individually for each project. Support will not exceed 75% of eligible costs. Project must generate sustainable benefits to a broad range of stakeholders.

Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario – Productivity Improvements (FedNor)

33% capital and up to 50% non-capital






Supports projects leading to:
 ·  Enhanced manufacturing capability;
 ·  Efficient production facilities;
 ·  Increased export sales and profitability.

Will support equipment purchases, training, & implementing recommendations from an Operational Assessment.