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.
“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
- Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) provides financing and strategy support for entrepreneurs. Delivering an array of entrepreneurial development and finance programs funded by FedDev Ontario, Northumberland CFDC also manages an investment portfolio that drives business start-up and expansion.
- Northumberland CFDC (for Eastern Ontario) and WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation (for southwestern Ontario), in collaboration with regional partners, delivered the REBUILD REOPEN REVIVE initiative to support women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises in rural and urban communities across southern Ontario. Both organizations received $2 million to provide non-repayable contributions of up to $5,000 to help eligible women-led businesses. Over 700 women-led businesses were supported through this initiative.
- Renfrew Community Futures Development Corporation (RCCFDC) provides support to enterprise, community-based development and employment in Renfrew County. Funded by FedDev Ontario, RCCFDC provides a host of business services to assist entrepreneurs and may provide financing to small businesses who were unsuccessful in obtaining traditional financing.
- 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.
Renfrew County CFDC
613-431-3951 ext. 229