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Grants, Business Loans & Support

CFYE receives many requests regarding grant listings. Though our office doesn't offer grants, we help direct people to resources.

An understanding about grants, to start:

  • Grants are often awarded to existing market niches or to encourage and support new market space.

  • Grants are non-repayable and intended for long-term sustainability, specific projects, job creation, and are rarely for operating capital.

  • Your organization's business structure is an important element that determines eligibility.

Items listed below are grants and loans for non-profit and for-profit organizations, and are great starting points on your search for financial resources:





  • MentorWorks Funding Guide to download the Canadian Business Funding Guide

  • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) - Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program - The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program uses tax incentives to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. 
  • CanExport SMEs - Up to $50,000 to cover 50% of eligible costs to develop and expand your exporting activities

  • Grand Challenges Canada - Seeks bold ideas from the best and brightest innovators to save and improve lives in low- and middle-income countries and Canada

  • Business Scale-Up and Productivity - 1) Investing in projects that create a stronger, inclusive economy 2) Connecting you with other key players to create mutually beneficial business relationships, and 3) Help pathfind your project to other sources of funding and expertise to help grow your business and get your products or services to market

  • Eco Canada - Wage Funding Eco Employment Programs - Employment programs that stimulate environmental career pathways, skill development, career growth, workforce support, and workforce advancement through wage nd training funding.
  • Enbridge- Safe Community First Responder Program - The program awards grants for safety equipment, professional training, or safety education programs to emergency response organizations including fire departments, emergency medical and rescue services, emergency management organizations, 9-1-1 centers, ambulance services and law enforcement organizations
  • Government of Canada - Canada Cultural Spaces Fund - The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.
  • Government of Canada - CanExport Innovation - Innovators from Canadian organizations may access up to $75,000 in funding to assist with research and development (R&D) for a single technology. We cover up to 75% of costs to pursue and sign collaborative R&D agreements with international partners.
  • Government of Canada - Enabling Accessibility Fund - Small Projects Component - This funding opportunity aims to make communities and workplaces across Canada more accessible for persons with disabilities. 
  • Government of Canada Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEas) - Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) is the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) access to innovation program.
  • Government of Canada - Rural Transit Solutions Fund - The Rural Transit Solutions Fund seeks to help Canadians living in rural and remote areas get around their communities more easily for their day-to-day activities, and connect with other communities nearby.
  • Government of Canada - Strategic Innovation Fund - Making sure that Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians is one of the Government's top priorities
  • Government of Canada- Zero Emission Transit Fund - Through the Zero Emission Transit Fund, the Government of Canada is investing $2.75 billion over five years, starting in 2021, to support public transit and school bus operators plan for electrification, support the purchase of 5,000 zero emission buses and build supporting infrastructure, including charging infrastructure and facility upgrades.
  • Government of Canada - Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Providing funding towards projects focusing on EV charger deployment in public places, on-street, in multiunit residential buildings, at workplaces, and for vehicle fleets. 
  • Green Municipal Fund (FCM) - Test innovative, ambitious solutions that generate deep energy efficiency outcomes and GHG reductions for existing affordable housing retrofits and new builds. Implement your replicable project with a SAH pilot project grant.

To off-shoot from there, begin searches for a specific industry or pillar:

  • Alberta Innovates

  • Apprenticeship Service Grants - The Apprenticeship Service supports employers to hire new first-year apprentices in 39 Red Seal trades and helps first-year apprentices get hands-on work experience.
  • Black Entrepreneur Loan Fund - (*loan) Access $25,000 - $250,000

  • Rise Helps - (*loan) Dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater social and economic inclusion through entrepreneurship

  • Fast Track To Financing Program - (*loan) Supports projects that help to create strong business or commercialization plans to attract public financing or private investment to support the development, and eventual market entry, of natural product or technologies

  • Canada Digital Adoption Program - Help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize your business's operations. CDAP provides funding and support to businesses, as well as training and work opportunities for young Canadians

  • Film and Television Tax Credit - Offers a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on eligible Alberta production and labour costs to corporations that produce films, television series and other eligible screen-based productions

  • Sustainable Development Technology Fund - Non-repayable fund for your pre-commercial technology that helps fight climate change, or deals with clean air, water and soil

  • MEE Cluster Manufacturing Finance Program - The Manufacturing and Export Enhancement (MEE) Cluster has partnered with Servus Credit Union to explore opportunities to further our joint goals of helping businesses grow and increase productivity through process improvement and technology adoption. 
  • Telus Pollinator Fund for Good - The TELUS Pollinator Fund, launched with an initial $100M, is one of the world’s largest corporate social impact funds.




Agriculture & Agri-Food

  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment - Aims to help supply-managed poultry and egg producers adapt to market changes (age 35 and under)

  • Alberta Food Processors Association- Food Futures - The Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA) has received funding from the Alberta Government to support Work Integrated Learning placements in the food processing industry. This funding will support up to 90 student placements per year for the next 3 years. 
  • AgriCommunication Program - Non-repayable contribution to projects supporting activities which increase appreciation and pride in the contributions of farmers and food industry, and enhance public trust.

  • Resiliency and Public Trust Program - The Resiliency and Public Trust Program enables stakeholders to gain resiliency and build public trust in Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sectors. 
  • Innovation Booster - Provides flexible and rapid support on a cost-shared basis to enable small- or medium-sized enterprises to advance their food innovation and research outcomes

  • Canada Pavilion Program - Aimed at making trade show participation easier at the world’s premier food and beverage events

  • Canada Food Innovation Network - CFIN is open to organizations across Canada’s food ecosystem. Join more than 1500 members, including manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers, funders, and innovators.
  • AgriValue Processing Business Incubator - Supports new food businesses and established food manufacturers

  • Government of Alberta - Alberta Agri-processing Investment Tax Credit - The Agri-processing Investment Tax Credit (APITC) provides a 12% non-refundable tax credit against eligible capital expenditures for corporations investing $10 million or more to build or expand agri-processing facilities in Alberta.
  • Thrive Academy - Focused on supporting idea stage and pre-seed stage startups in the agri-food tech sector; 12 week program

  • Government of Canada - Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program - The Canadian Agricultural Strategic Priorities Program (CASPP) supports the Canadian agricultural sector’s participation in the Government of Canada’s growth and policy objectives, by investing in the sector’s design, development and implementation of tools and strategies to respond to and seize opportunities created by these objectives
  • Agri-Food Products & Services Export Catalogue - Connecting international buyers with Alberta product and service suppliers

  • Alberta Food Directories - Connecting Alberta-based food processors and producers with buyers to promote locally-produced food

  • Women Entrepreneur Program - (*loan) FCC is committed to empowering women in agriculture, agribusiness and food

  • FarmCash - (*loan) Cash advance program from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is a valuable financing tool that supports the working capital needs of your farm when you need it

Non-Profit: Community & Youth-Focused Grants

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