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COVID-19 Business Development Fund Applications Are Now Closed

Applications process is now closed. Thank-you to every business owner who submitted an application

COVID-19 Business Development Fund

In partnership with the County of Renfrew, the City of Pembroke, and the Ottawa Valley Tourist Association, Enterprise Renfrew County is excited to announce that we will begin receiving applications on June 15, 2020 for a fund that will support businesses as they look to pivot, recover and succeed in a business environment affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The efforts of the Renfrew County Economic Task Force recognized early on that business owners were seeking funds that would assist them to find new technologies, methodologies, or procedures that would assist them with adjusting to a new model of serving their customers. In response, funds have been dedicated towards a fund that will provide some assistance towards these goals and will be available within a short turnaround period so that interested companies may quickly make changes and allow them to generate revenue and, in some cases, retain or hire employees.

The fund will provide up to $5,000 (non-repayable) per business and will focus on the following areas of transformation:

  • E-business solutions
  • Marketing and customer engagement
  • Service delivery improvements
  • Other creative solutions/ideas for expansion and sustainability

A business will be eligible to apply for this program if (some additional conditions apply, please refer to the application guide for full eligibilities and conditions):

  • it is an existing small business;
  • it is situated and is operating in the County of Renfrew or the City of Pembroke
  • it can demonstrate that business operations have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Priority consideration will be given to businesses that can demonstrate clear and substantial hardship resulting from a disruption of business operations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Due to funding constraints, not all applications received may be successful. The fund is not intended to cover loss of revenue as a result of COVID-19 or existing costs of staying open during COVID-19.

Note: Application will be submitted to a grant review committee for review

Businesses can begin applying on June 15, 2020 with concepts being reviewed on a first come first served basis. Total number of grants will depend on the full amount of funding and may change over time as additional funding is sought out. Applications will not be received after the deadline of July 3, 2020.

Please contact Enterprise Renfrew County and the support team at one of the numbers listed below for further information. Please note, due to COVID-19 working restrictions, staff are working remotely and may not be able to respond in an immediate fashion. Thank you for your patience.

Colleen Sadler                 csadler@countyofrenfrew.on.ca              Cell:             613.639.5853

Alastair Baird                   abaird@countyofrenfrew.on.ca               Cell:              613.732.0354

David Wybou                   dwybou@countyofrenfrew.on.ca             Phone:         613.735.0091 ext. 432

Heather Salovaara          hsalovaara@pembroke.ca                       Phone:         613-735-6821 ext. 1500