Apply for Funding
- Community-based Advisors — 15 available grants of up to $70,000 for Indigenous and rural communities to create a new one-year term position that provides community and/or business advisory services; and,
- Regional Business Advisors — three available grants of up to $100,000 for non-profit business consulting and/or financial services organizations to create a new one-year term position that provides specialized and/or sectoral business advisory services. Advisor positions will support local businesses and communities in their economic diversification and transition process. Services provided will focus on the impacts from changes in forest policy and other economic impacts on the forest sector.
The program is open to local and regional governments, First Nations, and non-profit organizations in the Trust service region.
The first application intake for the Rural Advisory Program closed on March 17th, 2023. As we expect funding will not have been fully subscribed in the first intake, we are accepting further applications for consideration on a continuous basis until the program is fully subscribed.
How to Apply
Please review the Application Guide (PDF) for information on who can apply, funding streams, eligible costs and assessment criteria.
We encourage you to contact Hilary Muth prior to developing your application. Hilary is available to advise on eligibility and provide support on the development of an application to the program.
Special and Rural Projects Coordinator
For your application to be considered for review, a fully completed application must be received that includes the following:
- Application Form (PDF)
- Work Plan (PDF)
- Job Description
The Coordinator will conduct an initial review of all applications to ensure completeness of documentation and program eligibility. As part of the due diligence process, applicants may be asked to revisit steps to ensure the completeness and quality of your application. A Program Review Committee will then evaluate against assessment criteria. Applications that best demonstrate that they meet the selection criteria will be prioritized for funding. Applicants will be provided with a final decision by March 31, 2023.
Project Reporting for Approved Projects
Once approved, we will provide applicants with a funding agreement. Successful applicants will receive an initial disbursement (50% of the total grant amount) upon receipt of a signed employment agreement (between the funding recipient and the successful candidate). To request progress disbursements, approved applicants are required to submit progress reports which include a description of activities to date and other receipts for the funded position.
Funding recipients are required to submit progress reports and a final report that outlines the project’s performance and outcomes. Recipients are expected to track metrics throughout the duration of project relating to the objectives listed in the workplan. Metrics include the number of businesses served, description of community or business advisory services provided, description of community or regional diversification initiatives, and resources developed.
All approved projects are to be completed within the term specified in the funding agreement, and no later than August 31st, 2024.