The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) comes to an end December 2018 and we do not know if this grant program will be renewed. The Frontenac CFDC will be accepting applications on Monday, March 19, 2018 for projects that commence April 1, 2018 and are completed and expended by no later than Dec 1, 2018.     

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until August 10, 2018, funding permitting, and applications must be approved prior to any expenses incurred.  PLEASE NOTE August 10, 2018 is our LAST intake for EODP.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) is funded through the Federal Development Agency of Southern Ontario (FedDev) with the goal of promoting growth of new and existing businesses in rural Eastern Ontario.

Program has two components:

  • Business Development: Promote growth of new and existing businesses in rural eastern Ontario communities and;
  • Community Innovation:  Support community-led projects that enhance and diversify local economies

Examples of Projects that have been funded:

  • Market diversification – hiring a consultant to develop a marketing strategy; exhibit at trade shows to reach new potential buyers; create an on-line store; purchase of specialized equipment to allow value-added production or new product
  • Skills training – to increase skills to offer new services, improve financial management of business, increase business efficiencies, etc.
  • Innovation – creation of a new product, feasibility study/research for product development

Who Can Apply?

  • Private Sector businesses
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Post-secondary Institutions
  • Aboriginal Organizations
  • Municipalities

What is Eligible?

Projects should focus on business growth, innovation/product development, job creation and economic impact for the Frontenacs and/or eastern Ontario. The Frontenac CFDC may reimburse up to 50% of eligible costs for projects that have expended a minimum of $5,000 in total costs. For projects that have expended less than $5,000, the Frontenac  CFDC will normally reimburse 25% of total costs. For more information click here for  EODP Eligibility and Guidelines

How to apply

Applications are taken on a continuous intake subject to available funding with the LAST INTAKE being AUGUST 10, 2018. We suggest you give us a  call to discuss your project idea and ensure there are still funds available. Complete the EODPApplicationPart A-rev2018 and include supporting documentation listed on page 6 of the application. Complete the EODPApplicationPartB-DetailedBudget-rev2018 and if requesting wages and/or training, complete second worksheet of budget.

Submit application, budget and supporting documentation electronically to

If you have questions about the application, call Sue at 613-372-1414 ext. 206 or 1-888-372-9962 or email


EODP applications are reviewed and approved by our local volunteer Board of Directors.  Projects are assessed on the potential for job creation, impact on revenue, innovation/product development, market diversification and economic impact for the Frontenacs and/or Eastern Ontario.   The Board also assess the applications based on our Strategic Plan and the following areas deserving of special emphasis beyond those identified in our strategic plan:

  • Improving businesses productivity and profitability with technology
  • Productivity enhancements
  • Small business training
  • 3D Technology
  • Attraction of and growth of small scale (artisanal) food and beverage businesses

Reporting requirements for approved projects

Recipient agrees that their name, amount of project funding and general description of the project will be publically available.

Recipients are reimbursed upon the completion of the Progress Claim and Final Claim

 Success Stories

View Success Stories for 2015/16

View Success Stories for 2016/17

View success Stories for 2017/18

EODP is funded through the Federal Development Agency of Southern Ontario (FedDev) and delivered through the 15 eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations and the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network.

Other GRANT OPTIONS to assist you in growing your business: