Community Improvement Programme

What is Community Improvement Funding?

The County's Community Improvement Funding offer top-up funding incentives for businesses participating in their local municipality’s Community Improvement Plan. To be eligible for a County fund, businesses must be approved at the local municipal level.

What is a Community Improvement Plan?

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and stimulate development. A CIP allows a municipality to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to businesses within a defined Community Improvement Project Area.

To find out if you are eligible under your local municipality’s CIP, please see the links below:

Township of Centre Wellington

Community Improvement Plan:

View Centre Wellington's CIP

Town of Erin

Investing in Growth: Community Improvement Plan

View Erin's CIP

Guelph Eramosa Township

Community Improvement Plan:

View Guelph-Eramosa's CIP

Township of Mapleton

Mapleton Means Business: Community Improvement Plan

View Mapleton's CIP

Town of Minto
Financial Incentives: Community Improvement Plan

View Minto's Incentives

Township of Puslinch
Our Corridor: Community Improvement Plan

View Puslinch's CIP

Township of Wellington North
Community Improvement Program:

Grants Available

 Study Grant

The study grant helps applicants complete pre-development studies. The County offers up to $10,000 per study, and a maximum of 2 studies per project. The following list of studies are eligible to receive funding:

  • Urban design studies and architectural/design drawings;
  • Heritage impact assessments;
  • Concept plans and site plans;
  • Structural analyses and evaluation of existing and proposed mechanical, electrical, and other building systems;
  • Energy efficiency and water conservation studies;
  • Geothermal energy design studies;
  • Blue/white/green roof studies;
  • Low impact development (LID) engineering and design studies;
  • Traffic impact assessments/studies
  • Studies of microclimatic conditions (sun, shadow, wind);
  • On-farm bio-digestor feasibility and design studies;
  • Phase Two environmental site assessments (ESA);
  • Designated substance and hazardous materials surveys;
  • Remedial work plans;
  • Risk assessments/risk management plans;
Minor Activity Grant

The Minor Activity Grant helps businesses complete construction or infrastructure projects such as façade improvements, expansions, interior renovations, and more.

Funding up to 50% of total eligible costs up to a maximum of $20,000 per project may be available.

Types of projects and land uses may include (but are not limited to):

  • Commercial: improvement/expansion of existing commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use buildings/properties
  • Housing: Creation of new affordable housing units
  • Agricultural: Improvement/expansion of existing agricultural buildings or construction of new agricultural buildings for the purpose of accommodating agricultural manufacturing, value added farm products, on-farm diversified uses, or new/innovative farm related agriculture and agri-business uses
  • Tourism: improvement/expansion of new or existing tourism-based properties and/or businesses.
  • Sustainability: green infrastructure projects that meet the County’s Green Building Standards, or equivalent.

Major Activity Grant

A Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) may be available under the Major Activity Grant. The following table outlines the TIEG rate for an eligible project:

 

YearCounty TIEG Amount as a % of the County Property Tax Increase (Increment) Resulting from the Project

1

100%

2

80%

3

60%

4

40%

5

20%

 

Eligible projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Commercial: improvement/expansion of existing commercial, industrial, institutional, and mixed-use buildings/properties
  • Housing: Creation of new affordable housing units
  • Agricultural: Improvement/expansion of existing agricultural buildings or construction of new agricultural buildings for the purpose of accommodating agricultural manufacturing, value added farm products, on-farm diversified uses, or new/innovative farm related agriculture and agri-business uses
  • Tourism: improvement/expansion of new or existing tourism-based properties and/or businesses.
  • Sustainability: green infrastructure projects that meet the County’s Green Building Standards, or equivalent.

*Preference will be given to projects that have multiple aspects of the above eligibility.

 

Community Futures CIP Matching Loan Programmes

There are loans available to businesses that wish to complete a CIP project but do not have the cash flow to cover the required matching funds. These loans are provided by the two local Community Futures organizations to help reduce any barriers to accessing CIP grants.

 

Waterloo Wellington Community Futures (Township of Puslinch, Township of Mapleton, Township of Guelph/Eramosa, Town of Erin, Township of Centre Wellington)

The Waterloo-Wellington Community Futures (WWCF) CIP loan has the following terms:

  • Proof of Municipal CIP approval
  • Business Loans up to $20,000
  • 3% Interest Rate, 1 to 5-year Term
  • Simple Application Process
  • Flexible Repayment Terms
  • Personal Guarantee Required

 

Please click here if you would like to learn more or to submit an application to the WWCF loan programme.

 

Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (Town of Minto, Township of Wellington North)

 

The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) CIP loan has the following terms:

  • Proof of Municipal CIP approval
  • Business Loand of up to $20,000
  • 5% interest Rate
  • Simple Application Process
  • Flexible Repayment Terms

 

Please click here if you would like to learn more or to submit an application to the SEDC loan programme.


How to Apply

Step One: Contact your municipality to apply for local and County grants.

 Local Contacts
  • Township of Centre Wellington (Fergus, Elora, Belwood)
    George Borovilos, Manager of Economic Development, 519.846.9691 x304 or email.
  • Town of Erin (Hillsburgh, Erin)
    Marina Mato, Economic Development Officer, 519.855.4407 x241 or email.
  • Guelph Eramosa Township (Rockwood, Ariss, Eden Mills)
    Ian Roger, CAO, 519.856.9596 x105 or email.
  • Township of Mapleton (Drayton, Moorefield, Alma)
    Aly Hill, Economic Development and Marketing Coordinator, 519.638.3313 x042 or email.
  • Town of Minto (Clifford, Harriston, Palmerston)
    Belinda Wick-Graham, Director of Economic and Community Development, 519.338.2511 x241 or email.
  • Township of Puslinch (Aberfoyle, Morriston)
    Courtenay Hoytfox, Interim CAO, 519.763.1226 x227 or email.
  • Township of Wellington North (Arthur, Mount Forest, Kenilworth)
    Dale Small, Economic Development Officer, 519.848.3620 x4234 or email.

Step Two: The municipality will escalate the project to the County of Wellington review team if applicable.

Step Three: Start your project! Grant payments are made when projects are complete.

For more information on the County of Wellington's CIP, contact Economic Development by calling 519.837.2600 x2611 or via e-mail.

 

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