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For Immediate Release
January 15, 2021
Northumberland and Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) have recognized a need to provide business owners with a much needed video tutorial to assist them in pursuing current and future funding applications.
In response to new challenges that businesses are facing, Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan has helped protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and sustain businesses as they deal with the impacts of the pandemic. Much of this support has come in the form of new programs, loans, funds and other business assistance tools.
With the amplified delivery of many of these programs, both CFDCs have seen an increase in requests for support and advice in completing the associated applications succinctly, concisely and in a compelling manner. Writing funding applications and pulling together the supporting documentation can at times seem daunting, time consuming and even confusing to applicants who in many cases are seeking funding support for the first time.
With this new online tutorial, business applicants will have access to an overview of how to fully complete their funding submissions in an easy-to-use video. The goal of the tutorial is to de-mystify the process and coach applicants on how to strengthen their proposal for consideration by the funder.
The Funding Application Writing Fundamentals Tutorial can be accessed below and is available in both English and French.
English Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYqm6Dcg-yY
French Tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8vsS1z494s
“With many programs under our management and others for which we are providing advisory services, we’ve seen acute increase in business clients requesting help in completing the various funding applications. We recognize, particularly for first time applicants, the process can seem bewildering particularly in these unprecedented times where there has been an array of new programs developed in response to a changing situation. Northumberland CFDC is pleased to partner on the “how to” project as led by Renfrew County CFDC. The development is supported by the FedDev Ontario- RE3 (Rebuild, Reopen, Revive) program though the materials and learning can be applied across any program in helping clients to crystallize and strengthen their proposal to be as competitive as possible. We will be inviting multiple organizations to share the video link with their various clientele as a solid ongoing tool for business to use.” – Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland CFDC
“We understand the challenges that small business face, with such an extensive array of funding opportunities it is only natural to feel overwhelmed, especially in a time of crisis. It was as a result of such factors that birthed the “how to” project as a resource to alleviate added stress when submitting a funding application. We are confident this video can be used as a go to guide in preparing a more competitive proposal.” – Diane McKinnon, Executive Director, Renfrew County CFDC
Renfrew County CFDC
Businesses in Renfrew County may be eligible to benefit from additional funding through the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund
November 23, 2020 Renfrew
Today, the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation announced that businesses in Renfrew County may be eligible to benefit from additional relief funding through the Government of Canada’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
This additional funding has been made available because of a $1,500,000 investment by the Government of Canada in Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund. This funding is a top-up to the $994,888.67 investment by the Government of Canada in May 2020, for a total funding allocation of $2,494,888.67.
Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has helped to protect millions of jobs, provide emergency support to families and keep businesses afloat as they deal with the impact of COVID-19. A central part of this is the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), which helps support those who may not be eligible for other programs. Since the Fund was launched in May, over 1,000 businesses have been assisted through the RRRF by the region’s Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs), helping them keep their employees, cover costs and play a role in our economic recovery.
Since the launch of the RRRF, CFDCs have provided critical support for Southern Ontario’s rural businesses, maintaining 3,500 jobs in the region.
For example, as a result of COVID-19, Whippoorwill Cottages, a family owned and managed resort on Calabogie Lake, was faced to create an environment to social distance and practice an ongoing sanitation program in cabins, common areas and with all shared recreational equipment. To ensure social distancing, the resort dedicated seating areas and recreational equipment for each cabin. With the support of the RRRF through Renfrew County Community Futures, Whippoorwill Cottages hired additional summer help to maintain a rigid sanitation program with sanitation products and supplies provided at each cabin, at the recreational equipment centre and throughout the common areas. The resort was able to offer a safe and well managed experience to many visitors during the summer.
Support for workers and businesses across Southern Ontario
With the second wave upon us, businesses across Southern Ontario need more support – now. That’s why the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, announced on October 2, an additional $184 million for FedDev Ontario to help more businesses across Southern Ontario through the RRRF.
$30 million in additional CFDC funding
Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) will deliver $30 million of FedDev Ontario’s additional funding to businesses in rural communities across Southern Ontario.
CFDCs are providing financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding available through Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation has an additional $1,500,000 available in RRRF funding to distribute to eligible local businesses. In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities we serve, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation is focusing on assisting a range of businesses in our region with loans up to $40,000.
Please visit our website for more information on eligibility and the application process.
Should you be interested in a loan of $40,000 or more and meet the eligibility criteria outlined on FedDev Ontario’s website, you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario.
“Small- and medium-sized businesses have been hit hard by COVID-19, and the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is here to help them, protecting over 43,000 jobs across Southern Ontario. With the second wave upon us, we’ve heard clearly from businesses and workers that more support is needed. That’s why we’re enhancing and expanding the RRRF to help even more Ontarians. Our message to them is clear: we’ve been here for you with significant measures, we’re here for you now and we’ll get through this, together. We’re working with you to support good, local jobs and help our economy come back strong.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“The businesses, workers and organizations in Southern Ontario’s rural communities are a significant part of our region’s economic strength. We know they have faced challenges as a result of the pandemic and we are providing support to keep them vital. The resilience of the communities and the local support that our CFDCs are continuing to deliver will mean a strong recovery.”
– Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)
“The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation has been working steady to assist small and medium sized businesses since the pandemic crisis started in mid-March. This recent funding announcement is a welcome addition to the assistance we have been able to provide up to now.”
– Ray Bonnenberg, Chair, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
“COVID-19 created much confusion and anxiety in the spring of 2020. We did not know when our business would open or how we could run it safely when it did open. We reached out to the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation and they were able to put some of our fears to rest. There were one on one conversations to help us determine how to proceed, and much needed suggestions that we have implemented. We really look forward to continuing our business relationship with RCCFDC in the years to come.”
– Valerie Popkie, The White Pines Cottage Resort
RCCFDC Media Relations Contact
The Regional Relief & Recovery Fund has REOPENED!
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding available through RCCFDC:
In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, RCCFDC will focus on assisting sole proprietorship “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000.
Details of the RRRF Loan:
Eligible RCCFDC applicants must also meet the following criteria:
Northumberland CFDC and WindsorEssex Economic Development are working collaboratively within our regional entrepreneurial ecosystems to advance women-led SMEs across Southern Ontario, effectively positioning for rapid and positive post-pandemic economic recovery. It’s time to restart your business and the new RE3 initiative is here to support you.
Canadian women entrepreneurs are key to our economic success as a country, and they make invaluable contributions to our communities. However, women still face unique and systemic barriers to starting and growing a business, and they remain underrepresented in our economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women entrepreneurs. It has severely affected sectors such as retail, hospitality and food services—sectors where women entrepreneurs are most present.
For these reasons, RE3 is focused on supporting and strengthening the position of Women-led SMEs in our economic recovery, reformation and revitalization.
With the support of FedDev Ontario, RE3 provides non-repayable performance-based contributions of up to $5,000 to assist Southern Ontario-based Women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to REBUILD, REOPEN and REVIVE their businesses.
On a competitive basis, RE3 offers a one-time, performance-based, and non-repayable funding of up to $5,000 for:
Does RE3 align with your plan for business resilience and renewal? Then we encourage you to apply now! Click on the links below for more information or to apply.
For more information: https://financingandstrategy.com/re3/
July 17 2020 – Cobourg, Ontario
Women-led businesses often face unique challenges, which have been amplified by the impacts of COVID-19 on our economy. As the economy reopens, these businesses need support to adapt their operations and position themselves for a successful recovery.
Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, visited Venture13 in Cobourg, home of the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC). There, she announced a $4-million FedDev Ontario investment in support of women entrepreneurs across southern Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
With this investment through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), the Northumberland CFDC and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, in collaboration with regional partners, will deliver the Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative to support women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises in rural and urban communities across southern Ontario. Both organizations will receive $2 million to provide non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 to help eligible women-led businesses with key re-opening expenditures, including:
Over 700 women-led businesses will be supported through this initiative. Interested SMEs can visit Northumberland CFDC (eastern Ontario) or WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (southwestern Ontario) for more details or to apply.
While at Venture13, Minister Ng saw firsthand the entrepreneurship and innovation taking place at this thriving community hub, made possible with a $1.43 million FedDev Ontario investment in the Northumberland CFDC through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund in 2019. With this support, the Northumberland CFDC is working to improve access to capital for underrepresented women-led businesses through the development of an automated financial lending platform with an algorithm that removes gender bias. As part of a holistic approach, successful applicants are enrolled automatically into a concurrent program offering advisory and support services, networking, and access to office space through Venture13. The CFDC is supporting the growth of 30 women-led businesses through this initiative.
Minister Ng was later joined by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, at the Imprinted Apparel Store in Peterborough, where the ministers highlighted an additional $380,000 in support through the Women Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF) to local women-led businesses. Funding recipients include:
“Women entrepreneurs face unique and systemic challenges amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Our government is committed to building on the work we’ve done to break down these longstanding barriers to success as we restart and rebuild our economy. The investments made today through FedDev Ontario will support women-led businesses with critical costs as they work to re-open their businesses.”
– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
“With reduced revenues and financial hardships of COVID-19, women-led businesses need support more than ever, as they face new challenges and expenses associated with reopening their businesses and preparing for recovery. The investments of over $4 million today will help to relieve some of the pressure as women-led businesses reopen and position themselves for a successful and stable future. We are here to support women entrepreneurs and to help these businesses come back stronger than ever.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“The Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to women-led SMEs today through significant investments delivered by FedDev Ontario. We value the incredible contributions women entrepreneurs make to our society and economy, and we are proud to support them as they work to strengthen their businesses and re-build our economy during this unprecedented time.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
“We are very pleased to be working with multiple ecosystem partners across Eastern Ontario to make sure women-led businesses are fully empowered in rebuilding, reopening and reviving. These pivotal initiatives, supported by FedDev Ontario and the Government of Canada, are perfectly timed to remove barriers and add value.”
– Wendy Curtis, Executive Director, Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation
“The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation recognizes the challenges that women-led businesses are facing amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We are excited about the opportunity to work with our community partners to deliver the Rebuild Reopen Revive Initiative across southwestern Ontario and help women-led SMEs at this critical time.”
– Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
We are currently fully subscribed for RRRF Funding, which, in just 6 short weeks, placed $1 Million on the street, investing in the remobilization of small and medium-sized businesses across Renfrew County.
If you would like to be notified of future RRRF Funding or alternative funding, please send your email address to:
Even though funding through the RCCFDC Stream is now fully allocated, applications are still being accepted under the FedDev Stream. Find out more at http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/RRRF
RCCFDC is seeking an individual who has a strong work ethic, integrity, teamwork, and adaptability skills to join our team as a Business Support Coach. As a key RCCFDC team member you are integral to program operations and delivery of services to clients and members. The Business Support Coach helps to enhance the profile and collaboration opportunities for RCCFDC in support of fostering a strong small business community.
The Business Support Coach position is a two year contract position supervised by and directly accountable to the Executive Director.
Candidates should meet the following requirements:
Post Secondary education completed in a business related field
Minimum of 3 years related experience
Valid Drivers License
*Please note preference will be given to bilingual applicants.
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
Areas of Responsibility:
Documentation and Confidentiality:
Closing: July 3, 2020 at 5:00pm
Application and Screening Procedure:
Interested persons must submit a resume and cover letter demonstrating how they meet the basic requirements and the names and day contact telephone numbers of three most recent direct supervisors.
Applications will be accepted by email only. Please email Resume and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be screened on the following:
Thank you to all applicants, however, please be advised that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation
450 O’Brien Road, Suite 205
June 2, 2020
Following Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford’s call on the province’s businesses on March 21, 2020 to help make medical supplies, SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc. (SRBT) met with local senior officials at the Pembroke Regional Hospital and local retirement homes where it was determined that Face Shields were in great shortage and that there was also a great need for a Face Shield that would be reusable through cleaning or visor replacement.
On April 4, 2020 SRBT developed a business plan to redeploy some of its production capacity towards the mass production of Face Shields for Renfrew County and surrounding area to help fight COVID-19. The business plan was developed to produce a Face Shield that could be best manufactured with the equipment, expertise and staff already in place at SRBT.
With the financial help of the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade’s “Ontario Together” Fund, SRBT executed its business plan by acquiring a Medical Device Establishment Licence from Health Canada, purchasing tooling, the necessary materials and by implementing new production procedures.
SRBT has also instituted three shifts over 24 hours to provide the ability to produce 10,000 Face Shields a week for sale first in Renfrew County and surrounding area.
This week SRBT is making its first deliveries of its Face Shields to the Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH), Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), Pearly Whites Mobile Dental Hygiene Services and to Orthodontist Dr. Benoit Hebert.
SRBT would like to thank Renfrew-Nippissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski, the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Diane McKinnon and Mike Thompson from The Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation, Algonquin College, Mayor Mike Lemay and the City of Pembroke, Health Canada, ETM Industries, Leilani Borne and The Pembroke Regional Hospital.
Detailed information on our Face Shield is available at http://www.srbt.com/face.shields.pdf
For more information please contact:
SRB Technologies (Canada) Inc.
Tel: (613) 732-0055, Extension #111
Cel: (613) 639-1349
Q1. What does this new funding include?
A1. This is a special one-time relief fund established by the Government of Canada to
support businesses, organizations and communities impacted economically by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On May 13, 2020 FedDev Ontario launched the RRRF for SMEs in Southern Ontario facing financial pressures due to COVID-19.
As a strategic partner, Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) is well-positioned as a key resource in our communities to offer the targeted support needed by local SMEs. The RRRF in Renfrew County is capped at $995,000.
Q2. What does this funding support?
A2. The government has introduced several measures to support businesses affected by COVID-19, as part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and many have limited access to traditional financial institutions or other business service providers.
The RRRF is targeted support for SMEs that do not qualify for, or have been declined for, current Government of Canada COVID-19 relief measures.
Funding is available through two streams:
Applicants must demonstrate through an attestation that they have not or will not apply for or accept other equivalent Government of Canada support.
Q3. What support does this funding offer to small businesses in rural southern Ontario?
A3. RRRF, loans provided by RCCFDC to businesses in Renfrew County are intended to help support fixed operating costs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
RCCFDC will be able to issue loans to a maximum of $40,000 at zero percent interest. If the loans are repaid in full prior to December 31, 2022, 25 percent (to a maximum of $10,000) will be forgiven.
Applicants interested in higher amounts should apply directly to FedDev Ontario. http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/RRRF
Q4. Who can apply for funding and what are the eligibility criteria?
A4. This new funding supports businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who are unable to access existing federal relief measures.
If you are an SME in Renfrew County interested in a loan to a maximum of $40,000 to help your business, you may be eligible to receive RRRF support from RCCFDC.
Please note there are thousands of businesses in Renfrew County that may be eligible for funding from the RRRF and in an effort to support as many businesses as possible, applications may not be approved for the amount of the original request.
* Note that businesses may also be eligible to receive RRRF funds from FedDev Ontario but may not receive RRRF assistance from both a RCCFDC and FedDev Ontario.
Applicants must demonstrate through an attestation that they have not or will not apply or accept other equivalent Government of Canada support.
Q5. What are the lending terms required for the loans coming from this funding?
A5. Loans made by RCCFDC will include the following terms:
Q6. What is the application process?
A6. Applications for funding under the RRRF program from RCCFDC will be available on our website on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by 4 PM EST.
The application process will be publicly available until all funding is allocated which is expected to be exhausted over the next 6-8 weeks.
Applicants are encouraged not to delay in submitting applications as demand is expected to be very high.
Q7. What considerations will drive funding decisions?
A7. RCCFDC will prioritize assistance to “Sole Proprietorship main street” businesses and small/micro enterprises, including, for example, retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, tourism related businesses etc. and businesses of strategic importance to the community or a social enterprise.
Eligible SMEs will have to demonstrate the financial hardship they are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 and the need for financial assistance to support their fixed operating costs during this period.
While SMEs that have already received funding from other federal relief measures can still apply if their funding requirements exceed support received to-date, priority will be given to SMEs who have been deemed ineligible or declined from accessing other COVID-19 federal relief measures.
Q8. When will decisions on applications be made and announced?
A8. Applications will be assessed as they are received. RCCFDC will respond as quickly as possible using a streamlined approach and communicate directly with the applicant once a decision has been made.
Q9. Can I apply if I am already receiving Government of Canada funding?
A9. This funding is intended to address gaps for firms that are ineligible under other Government of Canada COVID-19-related support programs.
If you have attempted to access other relief federal supports and are ineligible or were declined, or if you received funding and have operating expenses in excess of the support received, you may apply (please note that priority will be given to those who have been rejected or ineligible for receiving other government relief measures).
Applicants must demonstrate through an attestation that they have not or will not apply or accept other equivalent Government of Canada support.
Q10. How does this Fund differ from other COVID-19 funding measures announced?
A10. This funding is intended to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is intended to address gaps for SMEs that are ineligible under other federal COVID-19-related support programs, or that have operating costs in excess of the funding they have received.
Q11. Can a tourism-related business or organization apply for funding?
A11. Yes, tourism-related businesses can apply. However, funding is not available for not-for-profit tourism organizations.
Q12. Is there support available to Indigenous businesses?
A12. Yes. Indigenous SMEs are encouraged to apply through the RCCFDC that services their community. They are also eligible to apply directly to FedDev Ontario for support under the RRRF.
Similar to other applicants, Indigenous SMEs will have to demonstrate that they were either unable to access other government relief measures or require additional support.
Applicants are encouraged not to delay in submitting applications as demand is expected to be high.
Q13. Can a business apply to both FedDev Ontario and RCCFDC?
A13. A business may apply to both FedDev Ontario and a RCCFDC but cannot receive RRRF funding from both.
If you are a rural “Sole Proprietorship main street” businesses and small/micro enterprises, including, for example, retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, tourism related businesses etc. and businesses of strategic importance to the community or a social enterprise interested in a loan of up to $40,000 to support your COVID-19-affected business, you should consider applying for RRRF support from your local RCCFDC.
Corporations seeking up to $40,000 or firms interested in higher rates of support should apply directly to FedDev Ontario. Please visit the FedDev Ontario website and review the program information and applicant toolkit for more information and help determining which stream is right for you. Should you have additional questions, please call your local RCCFDC.
Q14. What support is available for businesses that do not fit into the two streams?
A14. The Government of Canada has introduced a number of measures to support businesses, organizations, workers and communities through the COVID-19 global challenge, as part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
As well, FedDev Ontario offers a number of existing programs and services to help businesses, not-for-profits and communities grow.
RCCFDC is also there to offer technical support and financing for rural businesses.
Q15: Since RCCFDC offered a COVID-19 Relief Loan since March 18, 2020 at preferred interest rates, can these loans be redone under the new RRRF
stream at zero percent?
A15: No! The intent of the RRRF is to support businesses that have
been rejected or ineligible for other government relief measures. If a SME is already receiving assistance through a RCCFDC emergency loan, it would be difficult to argue they meet that criteria. If the financial need is greater than what was already provided through the RCCFDC emergency loan, these SMEs can be encouraged to apply for additional support under the RRRF if they meet the criteria. To be clear, under no circumstance can an existing RCCFDC emergency loan be transferred/ported over into an RRRF loan.