RED Funding Launches for 2020


The Province of Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program has been relaunched and the next intake is open until February 24, 2020.

Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program provides cost-share funding to support activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario, and opens doors to rural economic development through:

  • funding assistance to address barriers to economic development, better position rural communities to attract and retain jobs and investment, and enhance economic growth
  • funding to build community capacity and support for economic development in Ontario’s rural communities
  • investments in rural communities to help diversify and grow local economies – making economic growth more inclusive so Rural Ontario continues to share in the province’s economic prosperity

To be eligible for the program you must be:

  • a municipality
  • a not-for-profit entity
  • an Ontario Indigenous community or organization
  • a Local Services Board

There are 2 streams available for the funding: 1) Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream for funding up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $150,000; 2) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream for funding up to 30% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $250,000.

For more information and the application please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rural-economic-development-program.

As with previous intakes, advisors are able to provide feedback on your project and application prior to submission.  If you have a project in mind, you are highly encouraged  to connect with our local advisor to further discuss project fit and how best to articulate it in your application. 

Haliburton County's Advisor:

Catherine Oosterbaan, Ec.D., CEcD
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor
Business Development Branch
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
2284 Nursery Road
Midhurst, ON
L9X 1N8 

Phone: (705) 627-5477

Email: catherine.oosterbaan@ontario.ca

Agricultural Information Contact Centre: 1-877-424-1300

For information on upcoming meetings and events, go to Dateline at:

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/rural/edr/events-training.htm