Economic Development

Community Economic Development

What is Community Economic Development? 

Community Economic Development (CED) represents a community-led initiative wherein communities actively identify and implement their own remedies for economic, social, and environmental challenges, aiming to foster robust and economically sustainable communities.

Grounded in a grassroots development approach, empowering communities to take intentional measures that shape the local economy and enhance the overall well-being of their residents.

This could include a wide range of local initiatives in areas such as tourism, entrepreneurship, and economic opportunities for specific client groups such as but not limited to: women entrepreneurs, youth, and Indigenous people.

Local Initiatives Program

How we can help 

We can provide a non-repayable contribution normally up to $3,500 through our Local Initiatives Program for community economic development projects.

For more information check out our FAQ’s below or if you need more guidance.

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  • Incorporated not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other incorporated community organizations operating within the CFDC catchment area.
  • Non-incorporated organizations, committees or groups within the CFDC catchment area that have an incorporated partner willing to be the lead on project.
  • Contribute to the economic development of the region and target community priorities for growth and development. Partnerships are encouraged.
  • Are incremental (cannot have already been undertaken and  / or cannot relate to the core operations of the organization)
  • Cannot extend past March 31st.
  • One project per fiscal year (April 1- March 31) per organization.

Eligible Costs

  • Must directly relate to the project activities
  • Can be capital or non-capital costs

Ineligible Costs

  • Wages of current staff
  • Operating costs of ongoing operations (including basic websites)
  • Yearly festivals
  • Leasehold improvements, construction, repairs

We encourage potential applicants to contact our office to discuss their potential project prior to completing an application.

If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, please contact: 613-332-5564  or send us a message.

Note: Funding is limited, not all eligible projects will be approved.

All approved projects will require the ultimate recipient to be contracted under a third-party agreement. The agreement will clearly identify the project statement of work and requirements of the ultimate recipient.

Local Initiative Program Stories

Here are some of the impactful projects that Community Futures is proud to have supported in our communities.

People in the park at Eagle Nest

Eagles Nest Nature Connections Project