Overview

You can apply for funding from the Government of Ontario through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Read about the funding opportunities that are currently available and what you'll need to know to apply.

Learn how to register for Transfer Payment Ontario and start applying.

Aboriginal Participation Fund

The Aboriginal Participation Fund was developed to help support Indigenous communities and organizations participate in:

  • regulatory processes under the Mining Act
  • economic development activities associated with mineral exploration and development

There are five streams available:

Contact

For questions about the Aboriginal Participation Fund, please contact:

Transfer Payment Coordinator
Mines and Minerals Division
Ministry of Mines
Tel: 705-670-5826
Toll-free: 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5826
Email: aboriginalparticipationfund@ontario.ca

Advanced exploration and development support

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The advanced exploration and development support sub-stream assists communities in areas of high mineral development activity to respond to advanced exploration and mine development projects.

Funding through this stream is:

  • project-based
  • limited to the costs associated with coordinating the review of advanced exploration and development projects
  • not intended to replace support received from project proponents

Eligibility

Funding is available to Indigenous communities in Ontario in areas of high mineral development activity.

While priority will be given to communities that do not have an existing Mineral Development Advisor (MDA), communities with MDAs are encouraged to apply if their workload requires additional support to respond to advanced exploration and development project requests.

Indigenous communities should discuss this sub-stream with one of the ministry’s Mineral Exploration and Development Consultants (MEDC) before applying.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund – advanced exploration and development support sub-stream

Early exploration support

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The early exploration support sub-stream assists communities in areas of high mineral development activities to respond to early exploration projects.

Funding through this stream is:

  • project-based
  • limited to the costs associated with coordinating the review of early exploration projects

Eligibility

Funding is available to Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario that:

  • are experiencing high mineral exploration or development activity
  • have received two to 10 exploration permit applications in the previous fiscal year (April 1 to March 31)

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund – early exploration support sub-stream

Education and relationship-building

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The education and relationship building sub-stream helps Indigenous communities and organizations:

  • enhance their understanding of mineral exploration and development processes
  • develop relationships between Indigenous communities, industry and government

Eligibility

Project funding is open to Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Program Guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund - overview of the education and relationship-building stream

Mineral development advisor stream

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The mineral development advisor (MDA) stream provides funding for a MDA for eligible Aboriginal communities and organizations to participate effectively in the regulatory consultation processes, including the review of:

  • exploration plan and permit applications
  • closure plans and closure plan amendments
  • environmental assessments

This funding helps to increase a community’s knowledge and understanding of the mineral development sequence, mineral exploration, mineral development and mining activities, and the range of economic benefits.

Funding amount

Funding up to a maximum of $130,000 per year, for up to a three-year term.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding.

The ministry may consider funding additional positions, in part or in full, based on the mineral development activity and the community’s or tribal council’s need.

Eligibility

Funding is available to Ontario Aboriginal communities or organizations experiencing high mineral exploration or development activity, having received 10 or more exploration plans or permit applications in the previous fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Communities that receive fewer than 10 exploration plans or permit applications may be eligible for this stream if they are engaged in reviewing two or more closure plans, closure plan amendments, or mineral development-related environmental assessments.

Eligible applicants may be either:

  • single applicants – Aboriginal communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or
  • joint applicants – Aboriginal communities and organizations (for example, tribal councils) in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity. Joint applicants must have the support of the communities they represent and a substantiated record of representing member communities on local lands and resources issues. Eligible joint applicants include either:
    • Two or more eligible communities, applying jointly with combined exploration activities, or
    • In specific circumstances, and at the discretion of the ministry, other Aboriginal organizations, such as a Provincial-Territorial Organization (PTO), if they have the support of the communities they represent.

Program guidelines

2020-2021 Mineral Development Advisor Program Guide

Contacts

For questions about program guidelines, contact:

Transfer Payment Coordinator
Strategic Services Branch
Mines and Minerals Division
Ministry of Mines
Level 2B2, 933 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON, P3E 6B5
Tel: 705-670-5826
Toll-free: 1-888-415-9845 ext. 5826
Email: aboriginalparticipationfund@ontario.ca

Values mapping and related projects

Status: Open

Ministry of Mines

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Description

The values mapping and related projects sub-stream supports projects that focus on values identification or related projects between Indigenous communities, which will support communities’ capacity to effectively participate in and respond to information requests in regulatory processes under the Mining Act.

Eligibility

Project funding is open to Aboriginal Indigenous communities or organizations in Ontario.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • single applicants – Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity
  • joint applicants – two or more Indigenous communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity, or Indigenous organizations (for example, Tribal Councils, economic development organizations) representing communities in areas of high mineral exploration or development activity

Joint applicants must provide a Band Council Resolution in support of the application from each community represented on the application.

Program guidelines

Application guide for the Aboriginal Participation Fund - overview of the values mapping and related projects stream

Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) program

Status: Open

Ministry of Health

Deadline

Deadline dates can vary.

Description

The Ministry of Health (MOH) - Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) program works with discrete service providers to deliver mental health support to children, youth and their families. The budget submissions for this program will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario through the MOH CYMH Budget Form. This includes all subsequent activities related to the transfer payment contracting cycle along with all reporting.

Eligibility

This program is restricted and only available to existing approved/discrete service providers. Access to the MOH CYMH Budget Form is available through Transfer Payment Ontario to these eligible service providers.

Program guidelines

MOH CYMH Service Description Schedules

Resources

Video: How to submit your budget and interim report for 2021-2022

Contacts

For program specific inquiries, please contact your Program Supervisor.

Community Residential Program 2024-2026

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

All applications must be completed and submitted through email to Ryanne.Yeung@ontario.ca no later than March 4, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Description

The Community Residential Program (CRP) provides support to organizations to implement an integrated approach to transitional housing that offers wraparound services. The CRP is based on continuity of service for justice-involved individuals who are bound by a Probation Order, Conditional Sentence Order, and/or Parole Certificate, and require temporary social and economic aid to improve and support community reintegration. 

Eligibility

The following areas are eligible for funding:

  • Community Correctional Services
  • Central Region, seeking applications in the following catchment areas:
    • City of Toronto
    • Halton
    • Peel
    • York Regions

Note:  Organizations can submit a maximum of one application as the lead organization.

Program guidelines and contact

For Program guidelines, application form and any questions regarding the CRP, please contact:

Ryanne Yeung
Deputy Regional Director/HPP-CCS Program Coordinator
Central Region, Community Correctional Services Division
Ministry of the Solicitor General
25 Grosvenor Street, 15th Floor
Toronto, ON  M7A 1Y6
Tel: 647-290-3183

Connecting Links Program 2024-25

Status: Restricted

Ministry of Transportation

Deadline

Applications are due by Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Description

The Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program provides dedicated provincial funding for road and bridge projects on designated connecting link highways.

Connecting links are municipal roads that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to an international or interprovincial border crossing. These are critical roadways that serve provincial and municipal interests, as they carry long-distance provincial highway traffic moving through communities, as well as local traffic within the community.

The Connecting Links Program provides funding for eligible capital improvement costs – not maintenance. The responsibility for maintenance of connecting links lies with the municipality.

Note: Only municipalities with connecting links are eligible for this grant.

Eligibility

There are 352 kilometres of Connecting Links, with 70 bridges in 77 Ontario municipalities.

All 77 Ontario municipalities with designated Connecting Links are eligible for funding, a municipality with one designated Connecting Link can submit one project per year, a municipality that has more than one designated Connecting Link may submit a maximum of two projects per year.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will provide funding for up to 90 percent of total eligible project costs. The maximum amount of funding for eligible costs is $3 million per road project and $5 million per bridge project.

Program guidelines

The program guidelines will be hosted in TPON.

Contacts

Manager
Robert Hazra
905-327-1434

Team lead
Jason Kline
289-241-8354

Team member
Rafeef Ali
705-648-1574

Fire Protection Services Reimbursement: Unincorporated Ontario

Status: Open

Ministry of Solicitor General

Deadline

You must submit your application by March 24th, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Description

This program is designed to provide municipalities with reimbursement opportunities related to the provision of emergency services in unincorporated areas of Ontario that occurred between March 14th, 2023 - March 17th, 2024. Reimbursement rates will be based on service rates utilized by the Ministry of Transportation for fire departments responses on provincial highways.

Eligibility

The following call types may be eligible for payment:

  • motor vehicle collisions occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by Ministry of Transportation
  • hazmat calls occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by Ministry of Transportation
  • structure fires
  • vehicle fires occurring on roads that are not considered provincial highways by the Ministry of Transportation
  • false alarms
  • rescue (defined as an emergency incident primarily involving activities directed at locating and rescuing endangered persons and removing those persons to a safe location. This could also include but is not limited to the provisions of emergency medical care)
  • public hazard assistance calls (Incidents such as carbon monoxide, public utility, electrical and natural gas or propane gas utility incidents)
  • provision of any emergency services listed above, within a provincial park in Unincorporated Ontario

Contacts

For all municipalities submitting applications for reimbursement please contact your local fire protection adviser to obtain the associated operational guideline with the eligible reimbursement rates and required Transfer Payment Agreement.

For any program queries:

Josh Colling at: 807-632-0097

Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program

Status: Open

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Funding will follow an open, competitive rounds-based application process. Learn more about current and upcoming rounds of evaluations.

Description

The Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program provides funding for strategic investments in the forest sector that:

  • enhance competitiveness
  • support new market access
  • provide benefits to Ontario’s broader forest sector
  • strengthen regional economies

Support is available under two project categories:

  • business projects
  • collaboration projects

Learn more about the funding amounts and selection process.

Eligibility

Business projects

Support is available for Ontario-based projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken by for-profit manufacturers and processors of wood and forest biomass across Ontario, including:

  • saw mills
  • pulp and paper mills
  • secondary wood manufacturers
  • bio-economy projects

Harvesting and resource extraction projects are not eligible for funding.

Collaboration projects

Support is available for Ontario-based projects with at least $3 million in eligible costs undertaken through a collaboration of:

  • forest sector for-profit businesses
  • not-for-profit research organizations
  • forest industry associations
  • academia

Eligible collaborations should develop, diversify and transform Ontario’s forest sector through innovation in technology, process or products.

A minimum of three partners are required (including at least one Ontario-based for-profit forestry/wood products company).

Program guidelines

Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program (FSIIP) – program guidelines

Contacts

For information please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Business Development Branch by:

Tel: 1-844-573-9017
Email: FSIIP@ontario.ca

Francophone Community Grants Program 2024-25

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Deadline

You must submit your application by Monday, March 11, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Applications open Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

Description

The Francophone Community Grants Program supports the cultural and socio-economic vitality of the French-speaking population, with a focus on improving front-line services and promoting French language and francophone communities.

Eligibility

The program has two funding streams:

  • Community and Culture stream
  • Economic Development stream

The program covers up to 80% of eligible expenses under the Community and Culture stream and up to 50% of eligible expenses under the Economic Development stream for projects that aim to:

  • strengthen the capacity of organizations and/or businesses to provide products and services to Francophones in the province
  • promote the recruitment and/or training of bilingual Francophone staff
  • provide opportunities to celebrate and foster understanding of Ontario's Francophonie

Community and Culture stream

To apply to the program under this stream, you must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organization
  • have been in continuous operation in Ontario for at least (2) years as of January 1, 2024
  • have an annual operating budget of at least $10,000
  • have a clear mandate to develop programs and initiatives benefiting Francophones at the local, regional or provincial level
  • not be 100% funded by the provincial government

Economic Development stream

To apply to the program under this stream, you must:

  • be an incorporated not-for-profit organization involved in economic development or a for-profit business
  • have been in continuous operation in Ontario for at least (2) years as of January 1, 2024
  • have annual revenues of at least $50,000 (the gross revenue of for-profit applicants is capped at $1,000,000)
  • have a minimum of one full-time employee
  • meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • operate in a Francophone community
    • offer products/services to francophones in Ontario
    • present a realistic business expansion plan supported by market data to start operating in or providing products/services to a francophone market in Ontario
    • partner with a regional, national or international organization to expand the range of products and services available to francophone markets in Ontario.

Program guidelines

2024-25 Francophone Community Grants Program Guidelines and Reference Documents (one guide per stream)

The application forms for the Program's two funding streams (one form per stream) are available through the Transfer Payment Ontario system

Should your application be successful, you may also need to complete a Supplier Registration and Application for Direct Deposit Form/Electronic Funds Transfer Form (Form 5098E).

Information sessions

Virtual information sessions on the program were held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (French) and on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 (English).

The sessions were recorded, and the recordings are available here: 

Contacts

Before starting an application, consult with the Regional Development Advisor assigned to your area from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to confirm your project meets the eligibility criteria and makes for a strong application.

Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Infrastructure

Deadline

You must apply by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on April 19, 2024.

Description

The Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund will help municipalities repair, rehabilitate, and expand critical drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. We are investing $200 million over three years.

Water infrastructure projects funded through the program will help to:

  • enable growth and housing development
  • increase access to clean drinking water
  • protect communities by increasing treatment and/or management of wastewater and stormwater

Eligibility

All municipalities that own water, waste and stormwater infrastructure are eligible to apply.

Joint projects

We encourage joint projects between multiple eligible applicants, where each co-applicant contributes financially to the project. As part of the assessment process, we will give additional consideration to joint projects that optimize housing outcomes.

Each single municipality is allowed to submit one application. If a municipality chooses to submit a joint application with another municipality, the submission would be counted as their single application.

Indigenous projects are ineligible to apply as standalone projects. However, we encourage municipalities to submit projects that benefit Indigenous communities.

Project criteria

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • focus on either the rehabilitation and repair, reconstruction, or expansion of water infrastructure
  • be stand-alone or a component of a larger project
  • include a capital component and may also include pre-construction planning and design work
  • enable housing development
  • have a clear start and end date
  • start no later than September 30, 2024, and must be completed by March 31, 2027
  • be in the process of, or completed, the design and planning phase
  • have not started construction
  • meet all relevant provincial regulatory requirements

Note: All costs associated with preparing the application are ineligible for funding and should not be included in the scope or financials of the application.

Only core water infrastructure projects are eligible for funding, including:

  • wastewater assets, for example:
    • lagoon systems
    • pump stations
    • lift station
    • linear assets
    • treatment plants
    • storage tanks
    • collection systems
  • drinking water assets, for example:
    • treatment plants
    • reservoirs
    • local pipes, including the distribution system watermain and the municipal portion of service lines
    • pump stations
  • stormwater assets, for example:
    • management facilities
    • linear assets, including conveyance piping, ditches and culverts

Note: Projects can include an optimization and/or performance review as part of a capital project on the above asset types.

Privately-owned drinking water systems (for example, year-round, non-municipal residential systems) are not eligible for this program, however, private hookups of water system to municipal infrastructure are eligible.

Additional eligibility and project conditions can be found in the Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund program guidelines.

Program guidelines

Application Guide: Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund

Contacts

For questions about the Housing-Enabling Water Systems Fund, please contact HEWS@ontario.ca.

Investment Ready: Certified Site designation

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications can be received at any time.

Description

An Investment Ready: Certified Site designation is issued to properties that have successfully completed a set of program requirements to demonstrate that the property is primed for development and ready for investment.

Learn more about the Investment Ready: Certified Site Program.

Eligibility

The eligibility requirements can be found in the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide.

You can also request the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide:

How to apply

  • Contact the Investment Ready team for your pre-application consultation.
  • Submit your application package through Transfer Payment Ontario.
  • We will notify you if your site has been approved and email you with your notification of acceptance.
  • Complete the additional requirements within 2 years (the list is available in the Certification Instructions and Requirements Guide).
  • Receive a certification designation after all your assessments and documents have been completed, submitted and approved.

Contacts

For program questions and advice on developing your application, please contact our office:

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Generic Budget 2023-2024

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Budget Submissions are due by June 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Description

The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Generic Budget submissions for 2023 - 2024 will be managed within Transfer Payment Ontario through the MCCSS Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 category. This also includes all subsequent activities related to the transfer payment contracting cycle along with all reporting.

The MCCSS Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 category is open to all eligible transfer payment recipients.

For information on the following MCCSS programs or divisions that are already on Transfer Payment Ontario, please contact your ministry contact:

  • Dedicated Supportive Housing (DSH)
  • Partner Facility Renewal (PFR)
  • Office of Women’s Issues

Eligibility

All transfer payment recipients eligible to access the MCCSS Generic Budget 2023 - 2024 category were notified by the ministry on their 2023 - 2024 funding allocation as well as when to access the budget submission through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Resources

Program information

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact your ministry program lead for program-specific inquiries.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services - Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2023-2024

Apply for funding

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Budget Submissions are due by June 30, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. EST.

Description

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy (IHWS) was established in 1994 between Ontario and Indigenous partners. It supports a continuum of Indigenous designed and delivered programs to:

  • reduce family violence
  • reduce violence against Indigenous women and children
  • improve Indigenous healing, health and wellness

Eligibility

You must have an existing transfer payment agreement with MCCSS to deliver Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy programs and services.

All eligible MCCSS transfer payment recipients were notified by the ministry in their Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy 2023 - 2024 funding allocation letter.

Resources

Program information

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact your ministry program lead for program-specific inquiries.

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services – Ontario Works Programs 2023 or 2023-2024

Status: Open

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Deadline

Deadline dates can vary.  Please contact your Ontario Works program supervisor for more information.

Description

Transfer Payment Ontario will be used to manage the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Ontario Works budget submissions for 2023 or 2023-2024.

This is only for:

  • Consolidated Municipal Service Managers (CMSMs)/District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs)
  • First Nations full delivery
  • First Nations financial assistance

Recipients must use the applicable Ontario Works Budget Form 2023 or 2023-2024 to complete their submission. Transfer Payment Ontario will also be used to support all subsequent activities related to the contracting cycle along with all reporting.

Eligibility

The Ontario Works Budget Form 2023 or 2023-2024 category is open to all eligible transfer payment recipients.

You would have been notified by the ministry about your 2023 or 2023-2024 funding allocations as well as when to access the budget submission through Transfer Payment Ontario.

Resources

Program information

  • Service objectives document can be downloaded from TPON

Quick reference guides and training videos

Contacts

You can contact your Ontario Works program supervisor for program-specific inquiries.

Municipal Energy Plan Program  

Status: Open

Ministry of Energy

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis

Description

Through the Municipal Energy Plan Program, you can get funding to develop a plan that will help your community:

  • improve energy efficiency
  • reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • study the impact of future growth on energy needs
  • foster renewable energy production and economic development

Learn more about the Municipal Energy Plan Program

Eligibility

All Ontario municipalities (including regional municipalities) can apply.

Contacts

For any program-related questions, you can email MEP@ontario.ca

Public Library Operating, Pay Equity, and First Nation Salary Supplement Grants 2023-2024

Status: Open

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Deadline

Applications must be submitted in Transfer Payment Ontario by November 9, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Description

There are three grants under this program. You can apply to the Public Library Operating (PLOG), Public Library Pay Equity (PE), or First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants through one single application form.

Public Library Operating Grants (PLOG)

Library operating grants are statutory under the Public Libraries Act. Library operating funding goes to:

  • public library boards and First Nations public libraries
  • municipalities, local service boards or First Nations that establish a contract for library service with a neighbouring public library board

Public Library Pay Equity (PE) and First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) grants

Applicants who receive a Public Library Operating Grant and have met all program terms and conditions may be eligible for Public Library Pay Equity and First Nation Salary Supplement grants.

Eligibility

The Public Library Operating (PLOG), Pay Equity (PE), and First Nation Salary Supplement (FNSS) Grants program is a restricted program.

Annual funding is distributed to recipients who:

  • operate a public library or contract for library services with a public library board in accordance with the Public Libraries Act,
  • received a Public Library Operating Grant in the previous year, and
  • meet all grant program terms and conditions

Public Libraries Act
Frequently asked questions and answers about the Public Libraries Act

Program guidelines

There is no separate guidelines document this year. All program requirements and instructions are provided on the application form in Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON).

Contacts

Roopa Kanal
Program Advisor
Tel: 416-505-6642
Email: roopa.kanal@ontario.ca

Sarah Gletnak
Program Officer
Tel: 437-855-2903
Email: sarah.gletnak@ontario.ca

Regional Development Program: Eastern Ontario Development Fund and Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

The Regional Development Program provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in Ontario, by region.

The types of support available include:

  • funding support
  • complementary services and support

The program supports projects that:

  • create jobs and build talent
  • attract and encourage private sector investment
  • lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
  • encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development

Funding opportunities are currently available for:

Eastern Ontario Development Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications are ongoing.

There are four application intake periods each year. Applicants will be notified of decisions within 60 business days of the application deadline.

Learn more about the intake period timelines.

Description

The Eastern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in eastern Ontario.

Eligibility

The fund supports business and community economic development projects.

Learn about the eligibility requirements for different businesses and projects.

Contacts

For questions and advice on developing and strengthening your application, contact our regional offices at:

Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

Applications are ongoing.

There are four application intake periods per year for full applications. Applicants will be notified of decisions within 60 business days of the application deadline.

Learn more about the intake period timelines here.

Description

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund provides support for projects and investments to businesses, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for economic development in southwestern Ontario.

Eligibility

The fund supports business and community economic development projects.

Learn about the eligibility requirements for different businesses and projects.

How to apply

Contacts

For questions or advice on developing and strengthening your application, contact our regional offices at:

Business Advisory Services - Western Region Main Office

Business Advisory Services - Central Region Main Office

(Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Simcoe County)

Regional Development Program: Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream

This Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Competitiveness (AMIC) Stream of the Regional Development Program will provide financial support to advanced manufacturing companies with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) across Ontario by way of investments in capital equipment, technology adoption and skills development that will accelerate recovery in Ontario and place our companies in competitive global positions. 

The types of support available include:

  • funding support
  • complementary services and support

The fund supports projects that:

  • create jobs and build talent
  • attract and encourage private sector investment
  • help companies to adopt technologies to improve their competitiveness
  • lead to business growth and broad positive economic impacts
  • encourage innovation, collaboration and cluster development

Status: Open

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Deadline

There are two application intake periods each year.

Learn more about the intake period timelines

Description

Provides support for projects and investments to advanced manufacturing businesses.

Eligibility

Learn about the eligibility requirements for AMIC.

Contacts

For advice on developing and strengthening your application, you are encouraged to contact your provincial government advisor or our Business Advisory Services at:

Central Region

(Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Simcoe County)

Email: centralregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

 Eastern Region

Email: easternregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

 Western Region

Email: westernregionbas@ontario.ca

Toll-free: 1-800-267-6592

Northern Region

Contact a northern development advisor

Tel: 1-866-711-8304

Safer and Vital Communities Grant

Status: Open

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Deadline

Please submit your applications by 4:00 p.m. EST on February 26, 2024.

Description

The Safer and vital communities grant (SVC) supports a variety of local community safety and well-being projects that focus on addressing local risks to help reduce crime and victimization.

Successful applicants collaborate with local police and organizations from other sectors to implement projects that address local issues.

For 2024-2025 and 2025-2026, Ontario is investing more than $1.7 million in support of projects across the province to combat hate-motivated crimes in Ontario.

Eligibility

The SVC Grant is available to:

  • community-based, not-for-profit incorporated organizations
  • community-based, not-for-profit organizations sponsored by an incorporated organization
  • urban and rural Indigenous community-based, non-profit incorporated organizations
  • urban and rural Indigenous community-based, non-profit organizations sponsored by an incorporated organization
  • First Nation Band Councils

Contacts

Please direct all inquiries regarding the SVC Grant or application process to:

Natalie Brull
Community Safety Analyst
Email: Natalie.Brull@ontario.ca

Rosanna Tamburro
Community Safety Analyst
Email: Rosanna.Tamburro@ontario.ca

Seniors Community Grant Program

Status: Open

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Deadline

You must submit your application by Thursday March 28, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Description

Seniors Community Grants, ranging from $1,000 up to $25,000, help community organizations’ ability to provide opportunities for greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for older adults, from the safety of their homes or other safe environments.

The Seniors Community Grant Program funds local not-for-profit community groups and organizations to deliver projects, supports and resources that help older adults (aged 55+) to:

  • live independently
  • live with safety and security
  • stay connected to their community
  • avoid isolation
  • achieve greater financial security and social connections

Programming can be delivered remotely, virtually, or in-person.

Eligibility

Grants are available between $1,000 and $25,000.

Eligible applicants may be:

  • incorporated organizations that can apply for up to $25,000
  • individuals that represent local unincorporated seniors’ groups can apply for a maximum of $10,000

Projects must involve older adults and meet at least one of the ministry’s key priorities outlined in the program guidelines.

Approved projects are anticipated to start by June 2024 and must be completed by March 31, 2025.

Program guidelines

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility, Seniors Community Grants 2024-2025 Program Guidelines

Contacts

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your project proposal, you may contact a Regional Development Advisor as early in the application period as needed. 

Winter Roads Program: Bridges and Culverts Stream

Status: Open

Winter Roads Program: Bridges and Culverts Stream

Deadline

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications will be evaluated during assessment periods outlined in the program guidelines.

Description

The Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Stream provides funding to Northern Ontario remote communities for new water crossing infrastructure (pre-engineered bridges and culverts) and repairs to existing water crossing structures.

Projects are located on the Ontario winter roads network, which provides vital seasonal connections between the Far North and the provincial highway network.

Eligibility

Project funding is open to remote communities in Northern Ontario that are not connected to a provincial highway network by an all-season road. Eligible applicants include Indigenous communities, Indigenous organizations such as Tribal Councils, corporations or partnerships formed by eligible applicants to build or maintain winter roads, and the Town of Moosonee.

Applications may be submitted by:

Single applicants – one eligible applicant.

Joint applicants – two or more eligible applicants.

Applicants are encouraged, wherever possible, to submit applications with multiple projects that cover the same road network. Applicants are also encouraged to work together to maximize the benefits of available funding through joint applications.

Joint applications must be accompanied by a resolution in support of the application from each applicant represented on the application. The applicant responsible for maintaining the corridor where the project is located should be identified as the project lead and submit the application.

Program guidelines

Read the Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Program Guidelines for full details on the program stream.

Contacts

For questions about the Winter Roads Program – Bridges and Culverts Stream, please email winter.roads@ontario.ca.

Closed funding opportunities

Learn about past funding opportunities from the Government of Ontario.

Contact us

 

For questions about applying to specific funding opportunities, please contact the funding program directly. 

For all other questions, please contact Transfer Payment Ontario Client Care from Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for government and statutory holidays, at:

Please include the following details for quicker service via email:

  • the name of the program you are interested in
  • your case or file number
  • the name of your organization

For 24/7 assistance: