Funding under this program is available through two streams: community and regional.
Community projects build local economic development capacity and strengthen local approaches to improve economic conditions. Program funding for community initiatives begins at $10,000
Regional projects are achieved through a collaborative approach by communities and supportive partners to achieve prosperity in a defined geographical areas based on a shared economic vision. CARES program funding for regional initiatives begins at $25,000.
- Incorporated non-profit organizations, associations or societies whose primary purpose is for economic development. Organization must be incorporated as of January 1, 2016, and be in good standing with required filings and their status.
- Municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities improvement districts, special areas).
- Metis settlements and First Nations.
- Formal and project-based partnerships between combinations of the above entities.