There are many funding opportunities available to help Niagara businesses with R&D, hiring, exporting and more.  Click on the links below to find out how these funding opportunities can help your business grow and succeed. 

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  • Export Market Access

    Open April 01, 2014 - March 31, 2018
    Export Market Access: A Global Expansion Program (EMA) is designed to assist small to medium size organizations (SMEs) to access and expand their growth in foreign markets. If your company has 5 or more employees and annual sales of $500,000 or more, you may qualify for a contribution...
  • IRAP Accelerated Review Process

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    IRAP ARP Provides a non-repayable grant (i.e. up to $50k) to support innovation or technological improvement projects such as software implementation, productivity improvements, production design, and/or marketing projects.
  • Southwestern Ontario Development Fund

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is designed to support business expansion projects that create jobs within Southwestern Ontario by providing up to $1.5M in grant funding or a $5M fully repayable loan depending on the project size. Eligible costs include capital equipment, leasehold...
  • Ontario Exporter’s Fund

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    Ontario Exporters Fund is a grant program designed to assist Ontario businesses to develop focused export programs with the assistance of an Export Manager.
  • Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI)

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    SADI has three objectives: to encourage strategic R&D that will result in innovation and excellence in new or improved products, services and processes; to enhance the competitiveness of Canadian A&D companies; and to foster collaboration between research institutes, universities,...
  • Early Stage Exporters

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    Early stage incorporated businesses can apply for Early Stage Exporters small business funding grants for a number of international marketing activities: Exhibiting their goods/services at trade shows/event and technical seminars with a trade show component Outgoing and incoming...
  • Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII)

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    SOFII supports high-growth, innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in rural and urban communities by offering loans of usually $150,000 to $500,000 to support all aspects of growth challenges facing them.
  • Investing in Business Growth and Productivity

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    Supports economic growth and job creation by helping businesses to expand their markets and facilities, adopt new technologies and processes to improve productivity, and increase business capacity to participate in global markets and integrate into global value chains.
  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    Canada-Ontario Job Grant (the Job Grant) provides an opportunity for employers to invest in their workforce, with help from the government. The Job Grant will provide direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It will be available to small,...
  • Yves Landry AIME Global

    Open April 01, 2015 - March 31, 2018
    The Yves Landry Foundation has established the AIME (Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence) Global initiative, offering manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $50,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a...