Investing in Business Growth and Productivity – application information requirements (not-for-profit applicants)


  • Before you begin, please complete the PDF Application for not-for-profit applicants. If you experience difficulty when opening the PDF Application, please refer to the instructions posted in the FAQs.
  • Please prepare a proposal that responds to the information requested below. Applicants are required to clearly address each item.
  • Review the guidelines for this program carefully to ensure your proposal demonstrates how it meets program requirements and objectives.
  • Attach your completed proposal to the PDF application form using the 'Add Attachments' button on that form.
  • For help with your application, please call FedDev Ontario at 1-866-593-5505.

A. Applicant Information

  • Provide a brief overview of your organization (founding date, history, mandate and membership, major services provided, number of employees by location, etc.).
  • Provide a list of the members of your organization's board of directors.
  • Provide your organization's articles of incorporation or letters patent.
  • Provide historical financial statements for the last two (2) fiscal years and the most recent interim financial statement.
  • Provide a summary of any federal or provincial government funding your organization has received within the last three (3) years, including:
    • Department/agency name;
    • Program name;
    • Dollar amount and type of assistance;
    • Description and purpose of the funding; and
    • Contact person at that department/agency.

B. Your Organization's Business Model and Impact of the Proposed Project

Project Overview

  • Please provide the following information:
    • Brief overview of your proposed project;
    • Strategic rationale for undertaking your project and how it fits with your mandate and business model;
    • Expected outcomes;
    • Project start and end dates; and
    • Project location(s).

Customer Segments & Value Propositions

  • Describe the key services your organization currently provides and for each outline:
    • Key client/stakeholder segments (describe the levels of activity with each, as well as geographic, market and other relevant information); and
    • Value proposition provided to each client/stakeholder segment (what value your organization provides to them).
  • Describe how your project will impact the value proposition to your current key client/stakeholder segments and/or how your client/stakeholder base will grow or change.
  • If applicable, describe in more detail how your project will impact the products and services you offer.
  • Attach evidence, including analysis and underlying assumptions that validates and substantiates your project's opportunity/need (e.g., market study, support letters from key client/stakeholder groups, etc.).
  • Provide an overview of similar or complementary services/programming provided by other organizations, including the degree, if any, to which they overlap. Indicate whether your project will create duplication of services and/or create synergies with these other initiatives.

Key Partners

  • Provide a list of partners/collaborators that are critical to delivering your organization's current value proposition. Partners/collaborators may include for-profit and not-for profit organizations, post-secondary institutions and community stakeholders. Describe their roles (in terms of customer relationships, channels, key activities and/or key resources).
  • As it relates to your project, please provide:
    • Name and location of all partners/collaborators (financial and non-financial);
    • Their anticipated roles (in terms of customer relationships, channels, key activities and/or key resources);
    • Their contributions to your project; and
    • Status of their support (to be requested, requested but not confirmed, or confirmed).
  • As it relates to your project, attach written confirmation of commitment (financial and non-financial) from relevant partner organizations including evidence of their intended contribution.

Customer Relationships & Channels

  • Describe your current outreach activities and provide an overview of your organization's track record of successful partnership/collaboration with and/or delivery of services to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and multinational enterprises.
  • Describe how your project will help to develop or strengthen these outreach activities, partnerships/collaborations and/or delivery of services to SMEs.

Key Activities & Resources

  • Describe the key resources currently in place and the key activities currently undertaken to create and deliver your organization's value proposition. Include physical, intellectual, human or financial resources and activities, such as problem-solving, research, production or developing partnerships/collaborations.
  • Describe how your project will impact these resources and activities.
  • Indicate whether your project involves moving organizational assets (including physical and/or human) from one location to another including details of the assets and where they are being moved from/to.

Cost Structure & Revenue Streams

  • Describe your organization's current financial performance and sustainability (e.g., cost structure and funding sources).

C. Project Plan

  • Provide an implementation schedule for your project. For each major project milestone provide the start date, end date and key activities.
  • Describe your organization's management, operational and technical capacity to undertake the proposed project activities. Please include:
    • Project’s governance structure and decision-making process;
    • Accounting, administrative and project management capacity;
    • Capacity to deliver services to the public in both official languages with broad geographic reach across southern Ontario;
    • Key human resources within your organization that have the necessary experience/expertise and additional expertise that may need to be acquired from outside the organization; and
    • Other experience and expertise required.
  • Provide a table of budgeted project costs by quarter and by cost category (labour, consulting and/or professional fees, other non-capital and capital). Describe any underlying assumptions and provide substantiation of forecasted costs (e.g., quotes, tenders, estimates, etc.).
  • Indicate and provide details on whether any partners (including related parties) will incur costs or have ownership of any key resources related to the project.
  • Provide a table of sources of cash funding and their status (to be requested, requested but not confirmed, or confirmed).
  • Contributions from FedDev Ontario are typically paid on a reimbursement basis. Explain how your organization will pay for costs prior to being reimbursed or indicate if advances will be required.
  • Provide detailed information regarding project governance, the proposed delivery model, eligibility and funding criteria, and related processes for application intake, assessment, decision making, contracting, payments to end recipients, monitoring and communications.
  • Provide a summary of the reporting processes and formats with respect to projects funded and results achieved.
  • Describe how you will assess and validate the impact your project will have (e.g., third-party assessment after project completion).
  • Attach your organization's conflict of interest policy and describe how you would manage a potential conflict of interest if it surfaced during the project.
  • Identify and describe any significant risks and mitigation strategies related to project implementation and achievement of results.

D. Economic Impact and Results

  • Describe why FedDev Ontario funding is required and how it would make a difference. Describe the impact FedDev Ontario funding will have on any or all of the following: project scope (size), location (level of activity in Ontario), timing (project timelines), and economic benefits.
  • If applicable, describe how your project will contribute to the diversification of regional economies in southern Ontario.
  • With respect to the impacts specific to your project, including impacts on the SMEs to be supported, provide:
    • Number of SMEs to be supported and the total dollar value of that support; and
    • Total investment to be leveraged by the SMEs supported.
  • With respect to the impacts specific to your project, including impacts on the SMEs to be supported, provide:
    • Total number of jobs to be maintained as a result of the project;
    • Total number of jobs to be created during the project; and
    • Total number of jobs projected to be created within two (2) years of project completion.
  • With respect to the impacts specific to your project and SMEs supported by your project, provide the expected productivity improvement percentage, as measured by the change in sales dollars divided by the change in number of employees:
    • By project completion; and
    • Within two (2) years of project completion.
  • With respect to the impacts specific to your project, including impacts on the SMEs to be supported, describe and provide any relevant metrics related to:
    • Global sales growth;
    • New markets accessed;
    • Supply/value chain impacts; and
    • Increased energy efficiency.
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