Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO)

Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario – Local Stream is non-repayable performance-based funding from $25,000 up to $100,000 transitioning SMEs in Northumberland to expand business growth and adoption of advanced business innovation processes.

RIIEO – Local Stream Information


Eastern Ontario Innovation Initiative made possible with funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) supports the transition and growth of traditional SMEs, manufacturers and communities into the new rural economy, driving direct investments by private companies in innovation capital producing aggregate local and regional effects.


Innovation capital is investment in Industry 4.O, new or next generation equipment, technology, products and processes that lead to business growth, access to new markets and investment in people (job creation).


Supported projects will strengthen competitiveness, productivity, business growth, process innovation, new market access, creation and retention of employment opportunities, the re-skilling of the industrial workforce, incremental sales and increased profitability, and as a result, diversify and transform our local communities and economy.


Intake will begin May 21, 2019 with all projects through 15 Eastern Ontario CFDCs being targeted for completion by December 31st, 2020

General Intent

Overall it is the intent of the Northumberland CFDC to carefully invest in local projects that support the transition of traditional SMEs, manufacturers and our communities into the new rural economy.


Projects will demonstrate sustainability, drive prosperity and job creation/sustainment through innovation, research and development, commercialization, and business practices that work to position the region for global competitiveness, export markets, and economic diversification.

Who is Eligible
Eligible recipients located in Northumberland may include:

  • Private, for-profit, traditional SMEs with the potential to grow through innovation.
  • Fourth Pillar Not-For-Profit organizations supporting business and community transition into the new rural economy.
What is Eligible

Projects in the following priority sectors will be considered:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Clean Tech
  • Digital Industries
  • Agri­food
  • Food Processing
  • Projects that focus on inclusiveness: youth, women entrepreneurs, Indigenous peoples, Official Language Minority Communities, persons with disabilities, immigrants and visible minorities
Eligible Activity

Eligible activities should expand business growth and allow SMEs to transition into the new rural economy, support the adoption of advanced business and innovation processes such as:

  • New materials
  • Integrated solutions
  • Rapid prototyping and engineering
  • Machine learning
  • Cutting edge services software
  • Cloud computing
  • Robotics and automation
  • Extended intelligence, etc.


Fourth Pillar NFP projects should be business focussed, align with federal government economic development priorities, support priority industry sectors and inclusiveness related priorities. Examples of eligible project activities could include:

  • Support programs for re-skilling of the industrial workforce
  • Business accelerators and hubs diversifying and transitioning local economies

Selected projects will be eligible for a non-repayable performance-based contribution and require a minimum 50 percent cash contribution by the recipient on eligible expenses net of HST. The minimum project size for an RIIEO Northumberland local stream project is $50,000 resulting in a minimum contribution of $25,000 by the recipient.
The combined Stream total support to for-profit recipients will not exceed $100,000.

Eligible Costs
Eligible costs for project activities may include:
All costs must be reasonable and directly related to the eligible project activities.

  • Labour
  • Expertise
  • Non-Capital
  • Capital


Ineligible and/or Unsupported Costs include:

  • Any costs deemed not reasonable and/or not directly related to the eligible project activities.
  • Activities in support of regular maintenance and/or ongoing operational costs.
  • Cost incurred prior to the eligibility date as defined in the Contribution Agreement.
  • Costs incurred after December 31, 2020.
  • Any cost that is ineligible under the Contribution Agreement.
  • Acquisition of land or buildings.
Reporting Requirements
Eligible recipients must demonstrate that they are prepared to and have mechanisms in place to submit data, schedules, plans and reports in sufficient detail for the Northumberland CFDC to:

  • Assess project progress
  • Post project completion monitoring
  • Evaluate the outcomes and effectiveness of the contributions

Eligible recipients will provide the Northumberland CFDC with Progress/Activity Reports and financial claims on a monthly basis, quarterly or as required and outlined in the Contribution Agreement.


How to Apply for Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO) – Local Stream

1. Due Diligence

Northumberland CFDC staff carry out review, due diligence and project development

2. Committee Review

Committee review and recommendation to the Northumberland CFDC Board of Directors.


3. Project Selection

Decision by Northumberland CFDC Board of Directors (Accept or Decline).

Important to Note:

  • Applicants notified typically within 6 weeks of date of completed application.
  • If a project is selected for support, Northumberland CFDC will prepare a Contribution Agreement with terms and conditions.
  • Financial contributions are performance-based and subject to a 10% holdback until the applicant has completed the project, and met all project requirements as outlined in the Contribution agreement. No project is expected to extend past December 31, 2020.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officer to discuss proposed projects prior to submitting an online application.

Eastern Ontario Innovation Initiative Manager - Judy Selvig

For more information regarding the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario Local and Regional streams, please contact Judy Selvig.

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