OPEN: Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) Round 2

(COVID-19) Community Futures Supporting Rural Communities


Funding available through your local CFDC

In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, CFDCs are helping a range of businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000.  Not-for-profit (NFP) organizations that provide support services to SMEs as well as those engaging in commercial activities will be eligible for liquidity support.

The loans offered will be conditionally non-repayable: 25 percent of the loan (not to exceed $10,000) can be forgiven provided the recipient has paid 75 percent of the original loan amount prior to March 31, 2023.

Some not-for-profit (NFP) organizations are also eligible for RRRF support for community-based projects such as providing technical or support services to local businesses. 

SMEs and eligible NFP organizations in need of technical and professional assistance to adapt to the current COVID-19 environment may be eligible to receive support from the CFDC to access these services at no cost, through third-party service providers.

Examples of support services include:

  • adapting workflows and processes (e.g., digital needs assessment)
  • advice for diversifying their markets and sales channels;
  • adapting and adopting a virtual sales platform: and
  • adapting a new safe workplace regulations related to COVID-19

Eligible CFDC applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • established prior to March 1, 2020;

  • impacted adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • impacted adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • viable and not experiencing other financial difficulties prior to March 1, 2020;

  • have attempted to access other federal relief supports and were ineligible, rejected, or require funding for expenses that have not been supported, with priority given to applicants who were ineligible or rejected from other federal relief supports.

Applications can be submitted for:

• Loans of up to $40,000 to help provide liquidity support to businesses and not-for-profit organizations affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19

Next steps:

• Contact your local CFDC by telephone or email.

• Complete the application.

Funding available through FedDev Ontario: Should you be interested in a loan of $40,000 or more and meet the eligibility criteria, you may wish to apply to FedDev Ontario for direct funding. If you are a NFP that does not have a revenue stream, you should check your eligibility for a non-repayable loan by contacting FedDev Ontario directly. For more information, please visit the FedDev Ontario website and consult the Applicant Toolkit.

Please note: Applicants will not receive RRRF assistance from both their local CFDC and FedDev Ontario. Review the program guidelines to see which stream is right for you and contact us if you have any questions before applying.