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Additional Regional Business Funding – available in days – through CFDCs and Fed Dev

Fed Dev has been funded to in turn provide funds to businesses in regional areas (not in urban areas – such as Barrie). The three Simcoe CFDCs (Midland, Orillia and Nottawasaga – for South Simcoe) are being given funds to distribute to companies who apply and are approved. These applications are for a maximum of $40,000 with larger funding requests directed to Fed Dev for up to $500,000.

I’ve spoken to two organizations of the three organizations and have learned the following:

  • Businesses should apply to the CFDC in their area (for $40,000 and under) and Fed Dev online for up to $500,000.
  • It also appears that the program is around supporting operating expenses.
  • This program appears to be for those companies that have not been able to qualify for other programs (e.g. the CEBA – or $40,000 loan or the wage subsidy)
  • The Federal Government wants the CFDCs to process applications as quickly as possible (within 4 weeks if possible) although at least one CFDC is not quite ready to finalize documentation – target is Tuesday). The message is – don’t delay.

Program guidelines are here: http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02583.html?OpenDocument

Here is the link to determine eligibility: http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/02583.html?OpenDocument#eligibility

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Patricia Dent

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