Local Initiative Program 

The purpose of the Local Initiatives Program (L.I.P.) is to strengthen communities by supporting small-scale projects led by non-profit organizations, municipalities, and other groups/committees that strive to enhance economic development efforts. We encourage potential applicants to contact our office to discuss their potential project prior to completing an application. 


Please feel free to contact Mary Lynn Rutledge, Executive Director 613-332-5564 ext. 202 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funding Available

  • Non-repayable contributions normally up to $3,000 of eligible costs

Eligible Projects

  • contribute to the economic development of the region and target community priorities for growth & development
  • are incremental (cannot already have been undertaken) and are not related to the core operations of the organization
  • cannot extend past March 31, 2021

Eligible Costs

  • must relate directly to the project activities
  • can be capital or non-capital costs

Ineligible Costs

  • wages for current staff
  • operating costs of ongoing operations (including basic websites)
  • yearly festivals

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

If you have any questions or would like to receive an application, please contact Mary Lynn Rutledge, Executive Director
613-332-5564 ext. 202  or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.