KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC)has up to $10,000 available to local businesses looking to expand their online presence in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
KLFCDC is now accepting applications for the Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO ) program under the local Digital Innovation and Technology Improvements (DITI) stream.
DITI supports small-medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations, located in the City of Kawartha Lakes, which are undertaking innovative projects with a total cost (exclusive of HST) between $5,000 – $10,000. This is a matched contribution program where the recipient contributes a minimum of 50% of the total project cost.
Some examples of projects are: development of an ecommerce website, digital marketing consulting with planning and campaign deployment, implementation of artificial intelligence in business processes, transition of business processes to the cloud, app development and more.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who will be sourcing local Kawartha Lakes providers for their services (web design, social media consulting, digital media consulting, etc). Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020.
Vincent Killen, Executive Director of the KLCFDC notes: “This is an extraordinary time for small business owners, many local retailers and service providers have had to completely change the way that they are conducting business because of the global pandemic. The Digital Innovation and Technology Improvements stream of RIIEO is an opportunity for small businesses to make enhancements in their digital infrastructure in order to remain competitive.”
Application intake will be ongoing until all funds are allocated.
For more information, program guidelines or to download the RIIEO application, please visit www.klcfdc.com/innovation.
RIIEO is a project funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev).